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Travelling with Kids

A checklist for parents with small children

19098479_xxlSchool’s almost out and your kids are already looking forward to a much-needed vacation. For the folks, however, travelling with kids can be more fuss than fun. Ezyhealth brings you some hard-won wisdom on how to lessen the fuss and up the fun when travelling with your little ones.

PRE-TRIP

  1. Choose Wisely

That dream vacation of yours may not be ideal for the children. Choose a kid-friendly destination that is accessible, has a good mix of indoor and outdoor activities, and a variety of ‘not too exotic’ food options. Serene Tan, mother of three boys including a chubby newborn, says it’s also worthwhile to pay a little more to stay in a central area, “so that you can go back to the hotel if the kids are tired or unwell”.

  1. Be Prepared for the Climate

If you’re headed for winter or chilly weather, get your kids geared up in the right sizes – no excuses for having your tod decked out in a jacket three sizes too big, so make sure they try their cold wear. “Even if it’s sunny and warm where you’re going, it’s good to be aware of and pack for changing weather conditions – such as rainy days – during the course of your vacation,” says Magdeline Hong, a mother of two, ages 10 and six. Children dressed comfortably for the weather and terrain will be happier in a new environment.

  1. Pack More Clothes10926514_xl

Weeko Lee advises packing extra sets of clothing and pyjamas. Little children soil their clothes easily, whether at the dining table or beca
use they can’t hold out for the restroom. The pyjamas are for when it gets cold at night, says the mother of two, ages 10 and eight. This is optional if laundry facilities are readily available.

  1. Remember the Medicine

Kids tend to fall sick when they are jet-lagged, in an unfamiliar place, and eating unfamiliar foods. Pack enough cold and fever meds for the entire family in case the bug hits. Seek your family doctor’s or the pharmacist’s advice on how much is appropriate for your travelling duration. Depending on where you’re headed, medication for sea or motion sickness and high altitude may also be useful.

 

AIR TRAVEL

  1. Prepare Water and Sweets

Dry conditions inside the cabin can cause mild dehydration and irritated nostrils, so get your kids to drink up regularly. Flying can also cause air inside one’s sinuses and middle ear to expand, which may be very painful for children. To reduce the discomfort, massage your children’s ears and give them sweets to suck on.

  1. Check in Online

Most airlines now allow you to check in online, so you can book preferred seats – aisle seats make it easier to get to and fro the toilet – from home and avoid having to queue. This gives you more time to tend to your children on your day of departure.

 

WHILE YOU ARE THERE

  1. Take your Time

The little ones love to explore and are likely to spend longer than expected in each location – remember that they tend to take multiple toilet breaks, too – so you’re more likely to retain your cool if you buffer for extra time. “Avoid packing too many activities into each day, lest you tire the kids out and exhaust your own stamina,” advises Serene.

  1. Stand by with Portable Activities

While you keep the daily itinerary simple, have some ‘portable activities’ like hand-held puzzles, colouring books, or card games in handy. These will come in especially useful if you’re heading for a long flight or car ride.

  1. Sanitiser is your armour

“Anti-bacterial wet wipes and hand sanitisers are great for keeping the bugs at bay,” says Weeko. Use the wipes on cutlery and squirt some sanitiser over everyone’s hands to zap the germs. This is important especially in places where restrooms are not readily available, such as at the amusement park or even in an airplane. Hand sanitisers are dangerous for children if consumed, so store them away from the children and supervise their use.

     10296047_xl 10. Get Them a Camera

If your kids are able to navigate smart phones and computers – as most in the digital age are – giving them a camera encourages them to be more observant of their surroundings. Whether they capture candid shots of people they meet or famous landmarks the see, snapping photos will get them curious of their new surroundings and have an appreciation of cultures in the world.

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Kelly Ng
Posted by ezyhealth on May 12 2014. Filed under 20s and Below, Travel. You can follow any responses to this entry through the RSS 2.0. Both comments and pings are currently closed.

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