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Planning Vacations with Children - II

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Tips for travelling with children

These are some things you can do to make travelling with children safe and enjoyable:

  • Discuss your children's well being and safety on your trip with your paediatrician.

  • Book early to ensure that you always get seats together while travelling.

  • Always arrive at the railway stations, airports, early so that you have some extra time on hand before boarding.

  • Train your children beforehand on what to do in case they get separated. Rehearse the plan at home.

  • Always carry a medical kit with common paediatric medicines and first aid.

  • Have small bags which your children can carry. You can pack their goodies inside and it will make them feel grown-up and responsible.

  • Always keep a strict eye on your children when in busy streets, shops, train stations, airports, beaches, etc.

  • Never let your child play alone in water, even if he is a good swimmer.

  • Ensure that the food and drink your children consume are hygienic and safe.

  • Beware of food allergies your child may have, before trying out new dishes.

  • Anticipate digestive troubles with new foods, even if they are generally safe.

  • Ensure that the children drink adequate water to avoid dehydration.

  • Encourage your children to confide in you if they are not feeling well.

  • Vacations may at times be stressful for you. However, take care to remain cheerful so that you do not end up spoiling your children's fun.
Air
  • If your children are new to air travel, accustom them to the idea of security screening in advance.

  • If possible, arrange for pre-boarding passes to allow you to board the plane first.

  • Determine the duration of a non-stop flight to your destination. Breaking a long journey will make it less stressful for children, but will involve the added hassle of switching flights.

  • Try booking bulkhead seats that will allow your children more room to play on the floor.
Rail
  • Book seats at the either end of the compartment. This will allow for more privacy and extra room for your children.

  • Keep your children under strict supervision on the platforms.

  • Always accompany your child to the restroom.

  • Allow your children to alight, accompanied by you, during long stops on the journey.

  • Ensure that your children do not toy with door handles, window stoppers, and the emergency brake chain.
Car
  • If your children are young, ensure that you use car seats.

  • Use sunshades to protect your children from direct sunlight.
  • Try to maintain normal time schedules for eating, napping, etc. that your children are used to at home.

  • Schedule halts for when your children awaken from their nap. This way they spend more travelling time sleeping.

  • Play with your children during halts. This will keep them in good spirits and the exertion may cause them to nap while in the car again.

  • Play music that your children enjoy.
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Garima.4 years ago
my kids are very small and i do not travel. i will only travel once they become a bit grown up.
 
 
 
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Suparna.4 years ago
yes planning is very important. once when my kids were small, i went on a vacation but didn't have time to plan. I missed out many things and had a tough time in managing the kids.
 
 
 
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Swati opat.4 years ago
good article and a comprehensive list. really like the information....
 
 
 
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