Travelling with the youngest members of your family may look like a terrifying ordeal but it’s far from impossible.
However, there are some things you need to avoid doing and some things that are advisable.
In order to have the most enjoyable trip possible, continue reading.
1. Do Pack Only Essentials
Many parents overprepare for the trips with their children packing both things that they’ll need along with a lot of unnecessary baggage.
For example, if you’re travelling to Singapore you don’t need to put 4 packets of diapers in your suitcase.
Be assured, there’s no shortage of baby products in Singapore!
Most of the things can be purchased overseas so there’s no need to pay additional fees to your airline for extra suitcases.
Also, much of the baby gear can be rented at the destination, such as car seats so haggling those with you is fortunately avoidable.
2. Do Pack Some Healthy Snacks
Sometimes the waiting time at the airport can be prolonged because of the delayed flights or some other mishaps.
In order to avoid the possibility of your kids being fussy because they’re hungry you should pack some healthy snacks for the entire family.
Also have in mind that these snacks shouldn’t be messy in nature such as chocolate that may melt in your bag and in your kids’ fingers.
It would be a better idea to purchase something like crackers.
3. Do Keep Your Kids Occupied
One of the worst things that can happen to you while travelling is the uncomfort of your kids being too loud and fussy in the plane.
The best way to avert this problem is to keep them entertained for the duration of the flight.
Pack their favourite toys and maybe even a tablet (and its charger!) with their favourite shows pre-downloaded.
This way your kids will have something to do and will not annoy other travellers with their tantrums.
Keep in mind though – pack things that are safe to bring on the plane. If the knick-knack that should keep your toddler smiling for the entire course of the flight is taken away from them at the security check you will have a hard time calming them down before the flight.
4. Do Choose a Direct Flight
It can be very exhausting to fly with kids and layovers can make travel harder on everyone.
Even though direct flights can be a bit more expensive, the price is definitely worth the lack of hassle of getting round different airports with kids.
If you can’t get a direct flight, book one with a longer layover so you don’t have to be in a rush – an hour and a half should be sufficient.
5. Don’t Skip the Research
When picking a destination for travelling internationally with your kids no amount of research is too much.
You should find out if the place you’re headed to is suitable for children.
Find out about the activities that cater to children so that the trip is enjoyable for them too.
Also, research babysitting services in the area so they’ll be properly cared for if you and your partner decide to have a romantic night for yourself.
Cultural differences are also important to note – if you, for example, want to nurse your child in public, don’t travel to places which are more conservative in that regard.
Last but by all means, not least, try and find out about the health facilities near your accommodation.
It doesn’t have to be a hospital, but make sure there is a place where you can get urgent medical care if necessary.
If you are staying in a hotel, check if they have PALS certificated staff that can come to aid your children.
6. Don’t Forget Anti-bacterial Wipes and Gel
Kids are filthy creatures that like to touch every surface known to man – don’t be surprised if they stick their hands in the airport toilet!
In order to avoid them getting sick during the trip you should pack some anti-bacterial wipes or alcohol based gel to keep their hands clean.
Most of the germs and bacteria get transferred into our bodies through hand to mouth contact so the best idea is to stock up on wipes.
7. Don’t Check in at the Airport
Waiting in line is exhausting for everyone but especially for parents with young children.
Having to make them stand calmly near you in the queue is stressful for all of the parties involved.
Thankfully, here’s an easy fix to that! You can get checked in online and in some airlines you can also assign your own seating.
Now you’ve minimized your time at the airport so you only need to drop your luggage and pass the security check before your flight.
8. Don’t Worry Too Much
Though travelling is overwhelming and worrying is parents’ second nature, if you’re well prepared there’s no need to fret.
You need to be prepared for the worst situations, but also don’t forget that this is your family vacation and that everyone should ultimately have fun.