Tips For Traveling With Children Over The Holidays

girlonredsuitcase_900-552x8001-881x499Now that the Holiday Season is upon us, I thought it would be a great time to talk about travel.  The Holiday’s can be a great time of the year, filled with families and fun activities, but it can also be stressful because of traveling with children.

Whether traveling in planes, trains, or automobiles, it would be best to think of it as an adventure.  Having fun activities and games planned while traveling will take their minds off of how long it takes and preserve your sanity.  With all small children, especially infants, it’s good to give yourself extra time for travel in case a feeding or bathroom breaks are needed.

There are a lot of blogs out there with tips where you can find more details, but one I especially like that hits a lot of important areas you can read by clicking here. Mother of two Hayley Spurway offers up some great advice.

Another important aspect of travel is keeping a relatively consistent schedule on feedings and nap/sleep times.  I would not plan everything around your child’s schedule, but the more consistency you maintain, the better your results will be on attitude and all bodily functions.  When arriving back home after traveling, if your child’s schedule has been ruined, it is best to resume the normal schedule as quickly as possible. This is especially true if your child is on medication. Here are some tips from EveryDay Health that also are very helpful to keep the medication schedule straight:

  • Factor In The Time Zone – dosing is critical and must be the same exact thing as at home. Know if there is a time change and plan accordingly
  • Have Enough Medications – make sure you will have enough when you talk to your doctor or pharmacist
  • Keep Medicines In Your Carry On – flights can always be delayed and baggage can be lost. You don’t want that to make you late for your next dose.
  • Don’t Just Pack Prescriptions – you will also want to bring along everything you use to make things easier when administering the medications, like measuring spoons, pill cutters, etc.

Above all else, it is important to spend quality family time with your children and other family members.  These are some of the times remembered most in future years, so fill them with as many cherished memories as possible.

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to All!