Imagine being on the plane with lots and lots of kids! ahhh the symphony of, let's just say noise. It's something only parents can understand. Going on an adventure with your kids takes a lot of planning and preparation to ensure all goes to..well the plan. How wonderful it would be if kids could only sit still for an hour, maybe two, or how about until you land. Yes, we are all dreaming as it is almost never the case. Children tend to get bored easily and who can blame them. Being cooped up in a plane for endless hours is no fun and kids will need constant interactions to keep them entertained.
Traveling with kids means a series of comfort room emergencies in dire need of smart travel hacks for an almost hassle-free journey 🙂
To tone down your trip's stress factors, awesome travel hacks and tips for traveling with kids are just what you need. Be it a road trip or a getaway to get some sunkissed skin. So, for parents who dare to wander the world with their little ones, here are 11 awesome travel hacks to help save you the worries and hassles of family travels.
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Pack Antibacterial Wipes
Antibacterial wipes are essential when traveling with kids. Spilled milk, pasta sauces all over their faces, and touching everything in sight are just what kids do as, as kids' minds are boundless pits of curiosity and imagination. A pack of antibacterial wipes will come in handy in keeping your kid's hands and face clean, the table free of food. It's not only for the kids but yours too! This vital travel must-have will save you from having to use your personal towel or cramming needing to buy it when you need it in the most inconvenient time and place. Thus, antibacterial wipes are a must, biodegradable ones preferably if you can.
Contrary to families with little kids boarding first, another travel hack that will make or possibly shorten the "bum on seat time" is to wait for everyone to get on the plane and board last. Depending on first to board and last to board this can sometimes mean a difference of 30 minutes or more. That's a lot of seconds for a 3-year-old! Why not take that extra time to tire your little one before the flight. While others are falling in line to board, let your kids stroll around the gate and play. In saying this, if you do have lots of carry on luggage and need the overhead space, it's advisable to board slightly earlier to ensure your space doesn't get taken.
From the check-in counter to the gate, it is already quite a long walk for adults, and, as for the kids with little legs and many distractions along the way, the walk is going to be even longer. Gate-checking your stroller will keep your kids in their stroller until you board the plane. And, as you land, simply ask for the gate attendant for assistance to get your little one's travel chariot back. Better still, bring along your TernX Carry On, a luggage stroller hybrid. Wheel your child straight to their seat and have all your belongings safe by your side.
If your kids are anything like ours, they can be picky eaters. They tend to eat only what they feel like eating or whatever tastes familiar. Food on the plane can be a major no-no for a kid's sensitive little stomach. While tea or coffee are usually served on the plane, a cup of warm water is possible to get when on the plane. Thus, packing let's say your little one's favorite oatmeal in a travel cup can be a major life-saver on the plane.
If you will be on the plane for quite a while, one thing that will keep your little one preoccupied is a variation of snacks they can munch on while enjoying the view thousands of feet above the ground. So, pack a variety of kiddie snacks with sweet, salty, and healthy options. Having a few choices for your kids on the plane or while on the journey will give you at least a few minutes without being bothered by your kid's boredom or need to pass the time without feeling impatient.
Tip: Snacks are good, but snack necklaces are even better! This travel idea is a great way to entertain kids while feeding them. With a string, roll in some pretzels and other adequate snacks and put it on your baby in case they go hungry. Apart from preventing the food from accidentally falling, you can just easily pack your snack necklaces if they got tired of it or when their stomachs are full.
Bring Quiet 'Toys'
Gadgets are the go-to entertainment fix for kids these days and are hard to steer away from us as we are surrounded by them. If your kids are slightly older, why not put them to good use and go with the flow. Pack it with educational movies, series, and games for kids, and you're good to go. You will rarely hear your children complain about feeling bored as long as they are visually satisfied. Just remember to do everything in moderation.
On top of that, it's important to pair it with good headphones and your journey will be an enjoyable one. Additionally, pack toys that your kids won't mind losing during your trip. Simple pieces that will delight them for quite a while will buy you some time to relax on the plane or on the train on the way to some charming cottage in Surrey.
Check Family Security Checkpoints
Traveling with kids can be challenging and what more if you have to push a stroller through a tight alley? A sure recipe for a meltdown for both you and your restless impatient little ones. Major airports offer a separate entrance for families traveling with a stroller. Ask a TSA agent to lead you to a separate security line with wider switchbacks and save yourself from long lines and crowds. So, before your flight, check if the airport has separate security lines for traveling families and take advantage of that opportunity if available. What could be cooler than strolling through the airport with your very own TernX Carry On. Join the family travel revolution.
A cranky baby or toddler is the last thing you want while on holiday. Rest is vital and giving your child ample rest will in turn give you convenience when traveling. So, when you get to your hotel room or service apartment or Airbnb and strips of sunlight are disturbing your baby's sleep; keep your room dark and cover those areas where the light gets in. Clips are easy to pack, light and handy but if you forget the clips, a clothes hanger from your hotel closet might just do the trick. Use the hanger to clip two curtains and you and your baby will both have a good rest before your galivanting plans begin.
Pack extra supplies
Pack and have extra baby supplies on hand. When flights get delayed or when your bags get lost somewhere in the airport or on the way to your hotel, having emergency baby supplies on hand is a godsend. While parents can handle a little bump on the road, looking for diapers or onesies in the airport can be a challenge. As parents, it is always best to be prepared for whatever comes your way when traveling. So, have an extra of everything in case of emergencies and keep it with you at all times. It's not much and can save you endless headaches. A onesie, a couple of diapers, and an extra pack of baby wipes will do the trick.
Headphones and Splitter
Kid-friendly headphones along with a splitter will cater to everybody's entertainment fix and keep everyone happy on the plane (including your neighbors). Earbuds offered inflight don't always stay in place in six-year-old tiny ears. A splitter, on the other hand, will let everyone have their share of audio and get entertained by the same film on the plane or when on the road. With headphones in and all good to go, that nap for the parents sounds like an awesome plan while the kids enjoy watching Frozen II for the nth time while digging onto some snacks mommy or daddy brought.
Prevent blocked and uncomfortable ears. With changes in air pressure, it is inevitable that ears can get blocked during a flight. Knowing how to minimize blocked ears is a skill every parent should know, especially if you fly a lot with your little ones and there are several ways to relieve them naturally. One way is to ask your little ones to swallow. To make it easier and effective for kids, encourage them to yawn or sip water. Another way is to bring a deflated balloon and have your child blow it. It can be entertaining for kids while at the same time unclogging their blocked ears.
Prevention is better than cure, of course. So before you take a flight, it is best to have something ready for your child to prevent him/her from experiencing ear pain when the cabin pressure starts to change. A favorite one for the kids is chewing candy and this also does the trick to keep them from getting blocked ears.
Yes, you read right! painters tape a babyproofing hack to ensure your toddler's safety🙂. When on vacation or staying overnight somewhere with toddlers, it's important to make sure the place is relatively toddler-proof. Painter's tape is ideal for keeping toys together and taking them apart (easily). Also, it can be used to tape open electrical sockets and baby-proof furniture corners that your baby can possibly bump into while walking or playing. On top of that, painters' tapes are colored making it easy to spot and are easily stripped off without leaving any trace on the hotel's furniture.
Anywhere Nap Time
Naptime shouldn't be discarded when traveling. Rather, let your little ones grab a good snooze whenever possible. Soft duffel bags can be great as an alternative on-the-go bed especially if they are on wheels. You can just simply tow your sleepy little ones to the baggage claim so they wake up in a good mood. Better yet, opt for a hybrid luggage that is both your on-the-go closet and a stroller! At TernX, we are an advocate for promoting family adventures. We are a brand for parents and children with a wandering soul and thirsty to see what this wonderful world has to offer.
We understand that traveling as a family can be a lot of work, but that doesn't mean it's not worth the try. Traveling will give your kids a different perspective and will open their minds to endless possibilities. It is one of the best ways to teach your kids to see things from different viewpoints while you learn more travel hacks useful for your next family adventure!
This wraps up our article on 15 Awesome Travel Hacks All Parents Need to Know and we hope you have found it helpful. Till next time..
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