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Holidays with children don’t have to be a drag – follow these tips to relieve the travel tedium.

Travelling with children can be a wonderful experience, but it can also be challenging. Fortunately, there  are small steps you can take to make your vacation a memorable experience for the right reasons (not the meltdowns at the airport!).

Plan ahead

Before you travel, research your destination to find out what activities are available for kids, where you  can access child-friendly restaurants, and what amenities are available for families. This will help you to  plan your itinerary and ensure there is as little room as possible for boredom to creep in.

Pack wisely

When packing for a family trip, make sure to bring along all the essentials such as nappies, wipes, medicine and extra clothes. Pack snacks and drinks to keep your kids fuelled and hydrated during the  journey.

Games, books, tablets and toys are essential for long waits or flights.

Choose kid-friendly accommodations

When deciding where to stay, look for hotels or resorts that offer child-friendly areas such as kids’ clubs,  pools, and playgrounds. This will help keep your youngsters entertained and allow you to relax too,  knowing that they are safe and having fun.

Involve your kids in the planning process

Let your little ones in on the planning process by encouraging them to choose some of the activities or  destinations you will visit. This will help them feel more invested in the trip and give them something to  look forward to… not to mention acting as a helpful incentive for good behaviour!

Be flexible

Travelling can be unpredictable at the best of times, and doubly so when children are involved, so it’s  important to be flexible and willing to change your plans if needed. Be prepared for delays, unexpected  tantrums, and other challenges that may arise.

Make safety a priority

Every parent’s worst nightmare is losing contact with your children or them becoming ill in an  unfamiliar place. Make sure your kids are always supervised and that you have a plan in case of an  emergency. If travelling abroad, make sure to research any health or safety risks and take the necessary  precautions.

Take breaks

Travelling can be exhausting, especially for smaller children. Be sure to take breaks throughout the day  to give your kids a chance to rest and recharge. This will help prevent meltdowns and ensure that everyone stays in good spirits.

Bring buggies and scooters

If your child is still young enough to use a buggy or is used to riding on a scooter, remembering to pack  them can be a godsend. It will make navigating through crowded airports or busy tourist destinations  much easier!

Be tech savvy

While it’s important to limit screen time, technology can be a lifesaver when travelling with kids. Bring  along a tablet or other device loaded with age-appropriate games and videos to keep your kids entertained during long flights or car rides.

Enjoy the ride

Travelling with kids can be stressful, but it can also be a lot of fun. Remember to take time to enjoy the  experience and make memories with your family. With a little planning and preparation, you can have a successful and enjoyable trip with your kids.