Travel Tips for Moms
Traveling when you have kids is both a challenge and very enjoyable. A lot of other moms that I know see traveling with kids as torture but for me, no, that’s not even close. Yes, it’s a challenge but nothing that you can’t overcome with proper planning.
Here are some tips that I can give for other moms that struggle with their kids during their vacation times.
Everything that can go wrong, will go wrong
You should expect that anything that can go wrong, will go wrong. This will allow you to be mentally and emotionally prepared. With this mindset, you should be able to plan ahead and minimize the problems that may arise. Always be aware of your surroundings and always have everything packed and easy to grab so when your kids need to drink, have some snack, go to the toilet, etc., you are prepared.
Kids will always throw tantrums, you should expect this. Instead of getting angry and frustrated, just laugh and resolve the situation as quickly as possible. Remember, they are children and you are the adult. Act accordingly.
One of the things that I always pride myself on is discipline, both for me and my kids. We are very disciplined and we follow rules if there are any. I also have rules in my house such as limited video game times – this includes tablets, game consoles and smartphones. Snacks should be healthy and we limit their candy bars so that they won’t have health issues down the line.
However, when we are traveling and to minimize stress, I can become very flexible when it comes to my house rules. I allow them to play games when we are on a plane, taxi or when we are waiting. This distracts them and as a result, I don’t get stressed out.
Don’t be in a rush
By saying don’t be in a rush, what I mean is that you should not try to visit as many places as you can with your limited vacation time. This can bring a lot of stress on both you and your kids. What I do when I travel with my kids is that I pick a nice place with lots of activities and sights to see, stay there for the whole duration of the vacation and enjoy the whole time without having to rush.
I find that traveling in a slow pace helps me take in more of the culture of the place and I find myself enjoying the vacation more. When I was still young and single, I remember the times I traveled with my friends. We had a lot of fun but it was so stressful because we had to rush everything since we had very limited budget. We went to a lot of places but all we did was take pictures and I didn’t really get to take in the culture and beauty of those places.
Pack light and a backpack is a lifesaver
Basically, don’t bring your whole wardrobe with you! Just bring all the necessities and the proper amount of clothes, depending on how long the vacation is. A backpack with all the necessities is a lifesaver. Yes, it’s not in fashion but I don’t really care about that. I care about function and with a backpack, my hands are always free for my kids.
Traveling with kids is something that every mom should experience. It’s very fulfilling and watching your children enjoy themselves is priceless. However, you should always remember that the vacation is not just for kids, you are also there to enjoy yourself. Hopefully these tips can help you in your future plans of traveling with your little munchkins.