How to Travel With Kids

How to Travel With Kids
An outdoor vacation with children can be either a real blast or a total nightmare. It all depends on you, the adult. For a successful trip, plan your trip with the children in mind. Whether you are skiing, camping, hiking, going on an eco-vacation or exploring your local beach, you can bring your kids along to share in the experience as long as you make the trip kid-friendly.


Difficulty: Moderately Easy

Things You’ll Need:
  • First aid kit Toys and books
  • First aid kit
  • Toys and books
Step 1
Plan your trip according to the children's ages. If you will be camping with young children, choose a campground with bathroom facilities nearby. If you will be hiking with young children, choose short beginner level hikes. Another option is to plan for children to participate in separate activities than the adults. An example of separate activities would be to enroll the kids in youth snow skiing lessons, so that you can ski the more advanced slopes.
Step 2
Make frequent stops when traveling in car to allow your children to stretch their legs, use the restroom and get a bite to eat. Bring snacks with you when traveling by plane to keep your children from getting hungry.
Step 3
Pack a first aid kit. Include cartoon-imprinted bandages for young children. Nothing seems to ease the pain of a skimmed knee better than your child's favorite cartoon character.
Step 4
Take plenty of small toys and books with you to keep your child busy during the drive or flight to your outdoor adventure and during off time when nothing is going on. Bring a Frisbee, ball or board game for the whole family to enjoy before bedtime.
Step 5
Bring plenty of clothing for different types of weather. Outdoor weather can go from cold to hot and back often. Dress your children in layers so that you can keep them comfortable during weather changes.
Step 6
Inform your children of all rules before each activity. Rules such as staying on trails and not touching plants are important for your child's safety. Other rules such as picking up trash and using quiet voices at night in the campground are a matter of respect for the environment and other people. Teach your children where to go and who to talk to in case they get lost. If you are in a national or state park, show them what the rangers look like, so they know who to ask for help.
Step 7
Bring plenty of snacks and drinks with you. Children get grouchy when they are hungry are thirsty. Prevent the hunger cries before they become a problem.
Step 8
Ditch your watch, figuratively speaking that is. Instead of keeping on a tight schedule, be spontaneous and willing to change planned outdoor activities as necessary. Maybe a hike is cut shorter than you planned because the kids are tired or the kids would rather explore that cool cave instead of going kayaking. If you are willing to change your plans, the whole family will probably have a much more enjoyable trip.

Article Written By Rose Kivi

Rose Kivi has been a writer for more than 10 years. She has a background in the nursing field, wildlife rehabilitation and habitat conservation. Kivi has authored educational textbooks, patient health care pamphlets, animal husbandry guides, outdoor survival manuals and was a contributing writer for two books in the Uncle John’s Bathroom Reader Series.

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