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    Travelling with children is challenging, but a bit of forethought can help reduce parental stress. If your child is old enough, involve them in planning for the trip so they can get excited about it. Make sure to include enough family events and child-oriented activities to amuse them while on holidays. In many cases, keeping your trip as simple as you can, will reduce the number of problems. Remember that children have short attention spans and get fatigued very quickly. Complicated trips requiring lots of traveling, jam-packed itineraries or too many visits to adult-oriented attractions, such as museums, can be difficult on children and aggravating for parents.


  • General Tips

    General tips to make travel with children a little easier include :

    • If traveling by plane, ask for bulkhead seats or seats near an exit to give your child a safe spot to play on the floor.
    • Choose appropriate accommodation, such as self-contained apartments with two or more bedrooms.
    • Hire baby furniture items, such as pram, stroller, cot and high chair, rather than lug your own.
    • Use disposable rather than cloth nappies.
    • Use any babysitting facilities at your hotel from time to time so you can have a break.
  • Safety Tips

    General Safety tips include :

    • See your doctor about vaccinations beforehand, if appropriate.
    • Pack sunscreen, hats and insect repellent.
    • Take all sterilizing equipment with you if your child is bottle-fed.
    • Take a medical kit containing items such as baby paracetamol, thermometer, anti-itching lotion, oral rehydration preparation and band-aids.


    Safety tips while traveling include :
    Car- Always use appropriate restraints, such as seatbelts or car seats. Use shade cloth to keep the sun from shining on your child's face. Frequent rest stops help to reduce the risk of motion sickness.
    Bus or train- Use seat belts if available. Don't allow your child to crawl or walk around while the vehicle is moving because they may fall. Keep your child seated or on your lap.
    Plane- Airlines can arrange bassinettes for infants. Try to feed your baby or child while taking off and landing, as the frequent swallowing can help prevent the build-up of pressure inside the ears. Encourage your child to drink plenty of fluids to reduce the risk of dehydration.
  • Amusement of Your Child While traveling

    Suggestions to keep children amused while you travel :

    • Pack plenty of toys.
    • Offer the toys one at a time, replacing each toy with a fresh one, once the child shows signs of boredom.
    • To cut down on fights over sharing, make sure each child has their own stash of toys.
    • Play family games such as 'I-spy'.
    • Pack a picnic lunch.
    • For older children, show them a map beforehand and point out landmarks as you go.
  • Unfamiliar Meal Routines

    Toddlers and young children are notoriously fussy eaters; traveling to unfamiliar places with new foods and different mealtime routines can further disrupt your child's eating habits. Suggestions include :

    • Relax and remember that a healthy child will never voluntarily starve themselves. Trust them to eat when they're hungry.
    • If flying, arrange in advance for children's meals.
    • Try to keep a little bit of familiar mealtime routine, such as having breakfast in the usual way.
    • Don't assume you'll always find something they'll like on a restaurant menu. Carry plenty of their favorite snacks and drinks when touring around.
    • Ring ahead and see if the restaurant you're planning to visit has a children's menu.
  • Things to Remember

    • Check in advance with travel agents, airlines and your accommodation for child-friendly suggestions.
    • Remember that children have short attention spans and get tired very quickly.
    • Make sure there will be enough family events and child-oriented activities to keep them amused while away.
    • Take a medical kit containing items such as baby paracetamol, thermometer, anti-itching lotion, oral rehydration preparation and band-aids.
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