How to Travel with Kids: The Best Tips for Smooth Family Travel

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Traveling with family is never quite as idyllic as the pictures make it look. The reality of family travel can be pretty overwhelming and can convince even the most travel-loving parents to stay at home for the next decade of their lives. However, you can enjoy a trip with your entire family with meticulous planning and organization.

Traveling with kids can be stressful. These expert parenting travel tips will guide you throughout your trip and ensure you have a smooth family travel experience.

Pack Light and Smart

Although kids need a lot of stuff, the more items you bring, the more things you have to lug around. This means the more items you can potentially leave scattered around during your travels. Prepare for your trip by writing down precisely what you need and what items can do double duty so you aren’t packing extraneously.

Be Prepared

Pack extra clothes, diapers, wipes, and food. Know where you are going ad what you are doing. Be ready for the inevitable delays and lost baggage, which is part of travel today.

Arrive Early

Check-in and security lines are longer than ever, and kids often move slowly and need to make bathroom stops at inopportune times. Arriving early will avoid a stressful airport experience by allowing yourself plenty of time for the unexpected.

Pick The Right Attractions

If you want a positive trip with your children, you must pick the right attractions. Even if an art museum is on your absolute must-see list, your children may not enjoy the same things as you. Plan your attractions around your children’s needs.

Check Ahead

Many attractions and tourist areas’ websites are not up-to-date and may not have the current Covid protocols or rules listed. Make sure the places you want to visit are operating at the times you want to go.

Use Apps for Smooth Family Travel

Download parking, airline, and rental car apps to make check-in easier. Use attraction apps to ensure you get the most out of your experience. The more work you can do on your phone, the less work you need to do while standing in line (and we all know how kids are when they have to stand in line)!