Traveling with kids isn’t easy, but it can be rewarding for the entire family. Visiting new corners of the world expands our horizons and dealing with the challenges of traveling as a family can bring us closer to our kids and our partners.
Lightweight travel cot
One of the most important factors to consider when traveling with children is where everyone will be sleeping. Although most hotels have cots, if you’re opting for bed and breakfast it’s a good idea to take a lightweight travel cot. This means you don’t have to worry about arranging one in each place you stay.
Whether it’s books, a couple of toys, or a stuffed animal, home comforts can make a difference in settling children who may get overwhelmed by the change of location. Young kids can be especially sensitive to these changes so having some home comforts can make your trip a lot smoother.
Aromatherapy oils such as lavender and jasmine have a calm and soothing effect. To make the transition from their own room to a hotel or bed and breakfast bedroom, put a few drops of these oils in a small bowl of hot water. The room will be instantly filled with a calming scent, perfect to send them off into a relaxing sleep.
Taking a baby monitor with you on a trip away from home allows you to keep an eye on your kids while they’re sleeping in their own room. In a new and temporary accommodation, this is a great way to make sure your children are safe and sound.
PJs and bed sheet from home
Another go-to packing essential is the pyjama and bed sheets that your children were using the night before you left home. Sleeping in the same pyjamas and on the same bed sheet will give them a sense of familiarity and help in adjusting to a new environment.
It’s always a good idea to check the temperature of the location where you will be staying, but since the weather is often unpredictable, having a thin sleep sack at hand is the perfect way to make sure your child is not too hot and not too cold at night. If the temperature dips, add a vest under their pyjamas. If it gets a little hot, take a layer off and you still have the thin sleeping sack for them to feel cosy. This also means you save room in the suitcase where baby blankets would have been!
Although you can never be too prepared for a trip away, we’ve found that these items can make any holiday or visit away from home that little bit easier when there’s kids in the picture.