Are you excited to start planning family trips again now that we can see the light at the end of the tunnel with regards to the pandemic? You might be worried if you are travelling with young children how they will be while on the move, unfortunately, there is only one way to find out. They may even surprise you and be as good as gold.
There is and has always been a stigma attached to screaming kids on aeroplanes, this will never change. If you are worried about what people will think if your children make noise on the plane then you are not alone. Some things can help you out while travelling with small children, being prepared is the best thing you can do.
If your child wants to walk around the plane, let them, they just need to burn off energy. If your child is into drawing and colouring them you could bring a rucksack with arty activities for them to do in their seat using the table on the back of the seat in front of them.
Another option for keeping them quiet and calm while on a plane is to fill a tablet or iPad with their favourite tv shows and films and let them watch them with headphones. This technique should keep your little darlings quiet for quite a good chunk of the journey. Don’t forget that the motion of the plane may even send your child to sleep, it has been known for children to sleep for the whole of plane trips.
If you are heading to the beach while away on holiday then you must be prepared for all eventualities. If your child is unable to swim then you will need to bring them armbands and rubber rings to use while in the water. A holiday is a great chance to teach your child to swim and the importance of being able to swim.
Another important thing to remember when you go to the beach is the risk of sunburn and sunstroke. Young children who get sunburnt can become quite unwell rather quickly so you need to avoid this happening. If there is no shade available you will need to hire or purchase an umbrella to put over them and you. Even in the shade sunscreen is an absolute must for all the family.
When you travel somewhere abroad it is a good idea to keep all your documents together in one place in case you need them at some point during your trip. Your passports, your travel insurance and your E111 health care cards that entitle you to free healthcare on holiday should all be in a folder. Unfortunately, you never know when something could happen, one of you may need to visit the hospital while you are away.
One more thing that you should have at hand if needed is a contact number for a translation agency, especially if you are in a country where you don’t speak the language.
We hope this gives you some pointers on how to travel well with children.