With Summer right around the corner, it’s possible that the thought of traveling with your children is beginning to stress you out. Of course, you are you worried! Taking your kids away from the comfort of your home where everything you need is at your fingertips in case of an emergency is frightening. However, it’s easy to alleviate some of that stress with the right preparation for before leaving and for when you actually arrive.
1. Pack a bag with your travel itinerary, plane tickets, reservation confirmations, and a first aid kit just in case.
2. A Ziploc bag containing all of the medications your kids need.
3. Make sure you have a phone number of a family doctor.
4. Also, have a physical copy or picture of your insurance card.
5. If your kids are still toddlers, consider bringing along childproofing items for the hotel room.
6. Think about your kids’ nightly routine for going to bed, is there anything specific you will need to bring in order for them to sleep without causing a fuss?
1. Carry the bag you packed with all of the information for the trip, which may also contain a first aid kit.
2. If you are dealing with a child who has severe allergies or other medical issues, bring any medications for potential contaminations.
3. Hand sanitizer…the last thing you want is for you or your child to get sick before even getting there!
4. Again, if you have a toddler make sure you have a necessary supply of diapers, a pacifier, a blanket, anything that will make them comfortable on the plane or car ride.
When You Arrive
1. Talk to the concierge about what to do in case of an emergency. AKA make sure 911 is the number you call if there is an emergency.
2. Pay attention to what is in your suitcase that your child could potentially break into. Things like cosmetics, pills, or vitamins can be detrimental to his or hers health.
3. Do a quick inspection of the room…is there anything that poses a threat to your child? Plug outlets, matches, and alcohol are among the most common dangers to look for.
4. Protect your young one from the sun! Sun damage can have long-term effects and can even make us sick from sun poisoning. Babies have much thinner skin than adults so they are more susceptible to burning. Put a strong SPF on them and reapply before and after swimming.
5. Remember that you are on vacation too; most hotels provide babysitting services. Hiring one for the night may allow you to enjoy some adult time. However, hiring strangers to be responsible for your children can be nerve-wracking. Feel them out for some time before leaving your child in their care until you feel comfortable leaving them in their care.
Preparing for vacation is stressful but with the right preparation, your relaxing getaway will be more enjoyable! Overall, think about the needs of your child and yourself before you leave and upon arriving. Vacation should be fun so consider everything that needs to happen beforehand to have the best, stress-free experience possible!