Traveling with our three children, a 6-year-old and 2-year-old twins internationally is an incredible experience. We have made memories to last a lifetime and we as a family have learned so much about the world together. Traveling as a family to far away destinations is exciting, but does come with more challenges. From long air flights to family-friendly accommodations, there is a lot to plan when traveling internationally. Here are some simple tips to make the most out of international travel with kids.
1. Use an App
Thanks to apps and hand-held devices, moms and dads no longer need to cram a toybox-worth of games and dolls into their hand luggage when they want to keep the youngsters entertained. There’s nothing wrong with taking a coloring book and some other activities with you, but the most compact form of entertainment you can get is the one that you keep right in your pocket.
2. Give them a Camera
Giving a toddler or young child their own robust camera that they can use to snap pictures of the trip will encourage them to observe their surroundings and soak up some of the culture of their new destination. At the end of your vacation, you’ll also have the benefit of a fantastic selection of pictures that you can browse through as a family, and add to your own trip scrapbook.
3. Keep Illness at Bay
No matter where your latest adventure is taking you, it’s important to keep antibacterial wipes and hand sanitizer in your purse at all times. Wipe off the cutlery at restaurants if you’re feeling suspicious, or make sure that your children can clean their hands when you can’t find the washroom facilities. It’ll save you plenty of tears and stomach bugs.
4. Be Prepared for the Climate
It may seem like simple advice, but you’d be surprised how often tourists visit international locations without doing the right amount of research in advance. Make sure that you pack appropriately for wherever you’re going, so you don’t have to rush out and buy extra clothing as soon as you arrive at your hotel.
5. Plan Plenty of Activities
Finally, no matter whether you’re keeping them entertained on the journey, or making sure that the kids are happy when you arrive at your destination, activities are a good way to encourage smiles. Remember, kids get bored quickly, so finding things to do is the best way to ensure you build some fantastic memories together.