6 Challenges You Might Face When Traveling With Kids
Traveling with children can be an experience, and unless you haven't tried it you can't understand how it feels. It comes with its unique challenges that we parents have to face.
Here are some of the common issues when traveling with kids:
Traveling with Kids is More Expensive
When you are traveling with kids, you will have additional costs that need to be accounted for. The most expensive would be their flight tickets, larger accommodation rooms, and food bills. Depending on where you are going or what season it is, you may find spending more on babysitting, kid's entertainment, etc.
There are Things You Can't Do
Depending on the age of your children, you have to face the fact that you might not be able to do things that you want to do. Some activities are simply not geared towards children, and some activities are simply best left only for adults.
When your kids get tired, you'll have no choice but to postpone the activity of the day. You can't go out at night and you always have to deal with their problems first before you go about doing the things you wanted to do.
Boredom and Whining
Kids are not good at waiting in lines and being in a contained space for long periods. Every parent knows that bored children can be a nightmare so make sure to bring things that will keep them occupied such as their favorite toys, books, or encouraging them to move around.
Dealing with Jetlag
As adults, we know how horrible is jetlag. Children can get jetlag too but don't worry because there are a few things you can do to help them out such as:
Getting enough sunshine. The light and sunshine in your new destination will reset your internal clock to the new time zone.
Stick to the routine you have at home. Keep your routine at home such as keeping naps and bedtime at the same time in your destination.
Eat meals at local time. Adjusting your eating meals at a local time instead of when you would normally eat resets your body clock. Fasting during flight can help but is not advisable to kids so it is best to let them eat small meals and snacks during your flight and indulge in big meals when you arrive at your destination.
Children get stressed especially on long journeys, but luckily there are several different situations to combat travel stress. If your children are old enough to know things, explain where you are going, explain the language barriers, cultural differences, etc. For younger children, pack things that will remind them of home and make them feel comfortable such as their toys, favorite foods, etc.
Kids Fighting Their Siblings
If you have more than one child, your kids are going to get annoyed with each other at some point in the trip.
If they are not fighting over food, which beds to sleep in, they are fighting about who gets to sit beside you.
The reason siblings fight while on a trip is because of the time they spent together in a limited space. Many kids today are used to be in their private space - such as being in their bedrooms or separate play areas. Sitting next to each other during a long trip, or sharing a room can be challenging.