Going on vacations with your family, especially with young kids, is a beautiful but extremely trying experience. To make your life easier, these parents have shared family travel tips and tricks that will hopefully help you learn how to travel with kids. Read the following list and vote for the best advice!
- 17 VOTES
Adjust Your Expectations
From Redditor u/Lerk409:
Just adjust your expectations and activities to include things kids enjoy. We travel with my son all the time, and while it’s different when he’s there, it’s no less enjoyable than when it’s the two of us. But we’ve never been the "relax and lay on the beach all day" or "fine dining" type of people anyway. My favorite thing to do when I travel is go hiking or on random walks through a new city. That type of thing is easy enough to do with a kid.
- 26 VOTES
Over-Plan But Under-Expect
From Redditor u/Autumnleavesfalling:
Adjust your expectations but don't abandon them. Like art galleries? Great! Take your kids. But don't expect a full day soaking in the art. Engage with the kids - ask them to choose their favorite painting in an area. Then ask them why it's their favorite. Have them search in the room for a painting with (a mom, an umbrella, whatever). Many galleries and museums have scavenger hunts or other activities, especially for kids.
Over-plan but under-expect. Include something kid-centered every day (playground, ice cream, pool time, beach). One of our favorite Paris memories is my kids pushing sailboats with local children at Luxembourg garden, or playing in the playground near the Place des Vosges. Locals at your destination have kids, too, so research what they do on weekends and replicate it!
- 35 VOTES
Make Mundane Activities An Opportunity For Fun
From Redditor u/groundhogcakeday:
The key is to give them lots of attention and make it all about them. Airports are like Disneyland to a toddler, so just pretend this was an activity you chose for their entertainment. Layovers weren't an inconvenience, they were a chance to go to McDonald's! Yay! What's not to like?
- 47 VOTES
Let The Kids Decide The Schedule
From Redditor u/srgalope:
You just do it. I have 6-, 4,- and 2-year-olds who have been traveling (up to four-hour flights) since they were months old, with little to no [fussiness]. Start with car trips; go away for a weekend. You keep it simple and let pretty much the kids decide the schedule. You stop when they are hungry [and] when they need to stretch for a bit. I guess you need to be on the adventurous side. Either way, carry snacks and some cheap toys that if they get lost it’s not a big deal.
- 53 VOTES
Break Out The iPad
From Redditor u/kindofsortofNo:
Travel - earliest flight out, direct flight, half-asleep / half iPad during the flight. My husband and I each kept an accident pack (potty training) and a bag of snacks in our bags. We did bathroom breaks together while in the airport so we could keep potty training.
Sleeping - shared a king bed (we did bring a baby monitor so we could stay up, but keep tabs).
Housing - VRBO home (you may want to invite family to vacation with you in a mutually decided city).
Activities - beach, boating, pool, the first half of the day to get nice and tired [for] naps.
Food - cooked most of the meals, bought snacks once we arrived, and occasional lunch out.
- 61 VOTES
Stay In Airbnbs Instead Of Hotels
From Redditor u/Autumnleavesfalling:
Stay in Airbnbs and not hotels. I know, no maid service, but the extra room and kitchen are worth it. Embrace the local supermarket, and pack lots of snacks. Don't go to restaurants every day, and have your downtime at your apartment with takeaway food. If you do go to a nice restaurant, consider feeding your kids first (frozen pizza ftw) so they aren't so hungry. Let them try your food; get them something different - if they aren't so hungry they aren't as cranky.