As a child, I did not travel much. But the memories of whatever little I did warmth my heart timelessly.
For me, there is nothing better than seeing the world with my family. Travelling gives me a perspective, it leaves me in awe and admiration. Today when we travel I hope it does the same for my son. I want him to see for himself that this world is way bigger and has so much to offer than our little city life can reveal. I want him to explore and learn to be at ease in unfamiliar situations. How is he going to do it, unless we pack our bags and get out there!
But let’s be honest – don’t we as parents fret traveling/vacationing with kids ? Their age, the temper tantrums, the food, the luggage, the weather change, adaptability, and a zillion other doubts edge us from making trips with kids.
I am not going to say it’s traveling or vacationing with kids is a cake walk. No it ain’t! But in my experience with a little preparation and few pre requisites in place, it is sure to be a spot on experience for the whole family.
I was recently invited to take over the Instagram handle of TeddyyIndia to share my experiences, ideas, tips and secrets to traveling with kids. I had an amazing time jotting it all down. In this post, I have summarised all of it into ten little secrets that we swear by When travelling with our mini explorer.
#1. Travel Light
Babies/kids have a lot of stuff. Their bags are almost double our size. But that’s where being smart helps – don’t carry your home into those suitcases, clothes that can be layered, mix matched, re-used, or washed easily are your friends.
On that note, why not leave all your stress, doubts, quarrels, or envies behind too. You are traveling with your kid. You are going to be so much more free with these baggages left behind.
#2. Go easy on the itinerary
Even when we traveled as a couple, my husband and I would never prefer to have a fixed plan or a strict schedule. With a baby around, this works even better. We may miss some standard destinations, but we see the place in our own way, at our own pace, at the comfort of our child. This leaves us with something to go back and see when we visit that place next.
#3. Have Patience
No matter who you travel with, you need to allow the virtues of patience and tolerance shine from within of you. But with kids you need to double your patience and tolerance level. It’s easier said than done, and I know it! But you got to keep reminding yourself and you got to keep trying.
#4 Travel like a traveller
A tourist sees what he has come to see, but a traveller sees what he sees. We may have a checklist of what we’d like our son to see at a particular destination, but that is only the beginning of his adventure.
I remember we visited the church on our recent trip to Mysore and the most fascinating part for my son was a net door put up to prevent visitors from entering a restricted area. The best memories of travel are the ones that Just happen.
#5 Make merry of the unfamiliar
There is no other place like home. So why not enjoy the place like it is instead of looking for a comfort like home. We often underestimate the ability to adapt our kids have. They actually end up doing better than us.
Travel is the best way of getting those perfect pictures that don’t just look great on Instagram but are word a thousand memories. Click, click and click some more. I love clicking pictures of my baby when he throws a tantrum or when I look like a big mess just after a long road trip, along with other zillion beautiful pictures.
#7 It takes two
One big secret to a happy travel or vacation with kids is CO-parenting. Right from the planning to executing the trip, must involve both parents, to ensure that the responsibilities and the time outs are shared in equilibrium
#8 All you need is love
Love for your family, for yourself, and for travel is all you need to make any kind of a trip a kickass one!
#9 don’t fret
There could be times when you find yourself in difficult situations – you could run out of essentials, the baby could fall sick, the weather could be extreme. But, you need to trust your gut as a parent and find a way out.
#10 Travel well
The journey is as important as the arrival. So enjoy every bit of it. I have loved everything about our travel with our son, and trust me we have had those conventional rough rides too.
#11 Diapers and Wipes are a weapon
I can count on diapers and Wipes for making a trip to any location hassle free. On my recent trip with my family, teddy Dipaers have been a saviour. Check these out here.
So, you must have heard a zillion practical tips on traveling with kids, these were my two cents about what works for us and could work for you too.
At the end, I am truly grateful to TeddyyIndia for giving me the opportunity to share my experiences through their platform.