Bonding with my kids every vacation is one of my ways of allowing them to enjoy their childhood and for me to relax from my work and stress at home. But traveling with kids is challenging and can be stressful if you are not prepared for the trip. So how do I handle traveling with three kids? At first, it was a disaster. The hours spent on the road will make the children uncomfortable and bored. They will rant restlessly during the trip. But of course, experience has taught me a lesson. So after this experience, I knew what I should prepare on my next family trip to make the trip stress-free for me and enjoyable for the kids.
I will share with you some essential life saving hacks for family trips that I learned and applied on my every trip with my family. Why did I say, life saving? Because as moms, we should always prioritize the safety of our loved ones before anything else. So here are the travel hacks that you could use on your next family trip to avoid problems.
A first aid kit is a must!
Getting sick on the road or during your stay in your hotel will automatically ruin the supposedly memorable vacation. I always prepare my travel kit first before the others. Because we know what will happen, especially kids who are vulnerable and very sensitive, so it is a must that you should always have your kit every time you travel solo or with your family. This kit should contain the following;
- Medicines for diarrhea, fever, cold and cough
- Alcohol, plaster, gauze, betadine
- Medicine for travel sickness
- Disinfectant wipes, cotton
Book for a hotel ahead of time
I have experienced having a hard time looking for accommodation since all the hotels I’ve known in the city are fully booked. It took me almost 2 hours to find a comfortable hotel that is near the city. I was exhausted from the 3 hours ride–my back hurts, and the kids are already complaining and crying; while my youngest was fast asleep on my shoulder. Because of that dreadful experience, I learned to book for a hotel online, two weeks, or one month before our trip.
Pack up the charger and power bank
Mobile, tablet, power bank should be fully charged when traveling. When my children get bored but refuse to sleep, I allow them to play with the tablet or watch their favorite movies on it. Always keep your phone fully charged so you will not have any problems in case of an emergency and you need to contact someone.
Wear comfortable clothes
DO NOT dress your kids according to fashion if it is not comfortable for them. I learned a lot from this experience. The uncomfortable outfit makes my kids uneasy and unhappy. I dress them in baggy and soft shirts and pajamas because they can easily drift off to sleep on it.
Spare clothes for everyone
Regretting that I forgot to bring spare clothes always happens to me. Kids get dirty quickly, and because you are the one to clean them, you might get dirty too. It is beautiful and comfortable to wear fresh clothes always. So be wise to pack spare clothes during family trips.
Bring snacks and water bottles
I am meticulous when it comes to my kid’s snacks. I always make sure that what they eat is safe. So I always prepare finger food snacks in sealed containers for them to eat on the road and also water bottles for each one of us. It saves me money than stopping in a fast-food chain.
I believe that we all know what are the other essentials that we must bring when we are traveling alone or with a friend. The six life saving hacks mentioned above are vital for family trips. Be prepared and always ensure the safety of our family. Have a happy Trip!