Let’s Travel! But What About The Kids?

Any time there are the holidays coming up or a long weekend, what’s the first thing that pops up in our minds? We usually think about taking a vacation, a long one or a quick getaway, whatever our time on hand and our budget permits!But for many couples, those with babies and toddlers, there are a few more factors to be taken into consideration while planning a trip. But yes, it is entirely possible to Traveling with kids and that too, travel smoothly.

Once a trip has been planned, there begins the fun of planning and packing for the trip. What to carry and what not? How much is necessary and how much is enough?  As far as children are concerned, of course, priority has to be given to carrying their essentials, especially medicines for them and food items that they absolutely cannot do without. It would be a good idea to throw in sunscreen and hats if you are visiting a hot and sunny place and woolens if you are visiting a cold place. Babies have a lot of paraphernalia but it makes good packing sense to carry only what is absolutely necessary.

Once the packing is done, it’s time to begin the journey! If planned right, the journey can be more fun than the destination! Whether you are traveling with kids by plane, train, bus or car, entertainment for the children needs to be provided. Books, special toys, puzzles, music, even a favorite blanket, all need to be carried that cater to your children’s taste.

What is necessary When Traveling with Kids

Baby wipes, tissues, hand sanitizer and diapers if required are all a “must-carry”.  Any food that is carried needs to be the type that will not make a mess if dropped. Water has to be on hand in sufficient quantity and that too in a non-spill bottle or glass!  

If traveling with other passengers, parents should try their best to ensure that their children are not a nuisance to other passengers. Every parent can and should ingrain good behavior and a consideration for others in their children. Parents can definitely guide their children not to shout, run around and be a source of annoyance to the other passengers.

Enjoying with FamilyWhenever I have traveled, I have on numerous occasions been disturbed by a child howling or shouting and the parents making no effort to control him or her. I’m sure that many of you have had the same experiences as I have.

Once the traveling with kids is out of the way and you arrive at your destination, the fun should continue. Most definitely, your baby or toddler will need some time to settle down in a new environment.  Parents, you need to be patient and understanding about this.

Outings and excursions, ideally, need to be planned around the baby’s or toddler’s schedule, i.e. naptimes and meal times should be taken into account. Of course, if that is not practically possible, then parents need to take into account that the child/children might get fussy or cranky at certain times.

What is Parents Responsibility?

That is when a very important issue comes in: support. You are spouses to each other and you are also co-parents to your children. You need to work as a team when it comes to handling your children. Do avoid criticising and blaming each other if the children misbehave or something goes wrong.

Do try to give each other time away from the children for a while. Husbands, take care of the children and let your wives go shopping or to the spa. Wives, handle the children and let your husbands go to play a sport or for male buddies drinking session. Your spouse will love you for this!

Parents, it’s equally important that you use your vacation, however short it is, to reconnect with each other as a couple. Spending time with your spouse in a different environment, i.e. away from home and routine, can have a rejuvenating effect on your marriage.

Do try your best to spend time with each other, without the children. Even if it is just for a short while, try to grab a cup of coffee or a drink together. Talk to each other, bring each other up to date on what is happening in your lives.

It is perfectly natural that young children might fall ill in the course of a holiday. Parents, please do not panic! Administer the relevant medicines that you are carrying to the child that is unwell. Do call up your pediatrician to ensure that you are giving the right dosage and following the correct treatment.

Angel in Funny moodParents tend to get very anxious when young children are involved. Do remember that children sometimes fall ill when they are exposed to a new environment and experience a change in the air they breathe and the food and water that they consume. It is reassuring to remember that children also recover equally fast.

A vacation can be called a success when you as parents, return from it, happy, contented, charged and with fond memories. If you return from it cranky, irritated and depressed, you need to rethink and rework your vacationing and parenting strategy with your spouse!

So parents, remember that children can be taught to enjoy vacations as much as you. Travelling to new places will serve to give a good exposure and good experiences to your children. Keeping this in mind, let’s get set to plan and enjoy the next getaway. Bon, voyage to you!

This is a Guest Post from Meghasi Bhatt,

Hello, I am Meghasi Bhatt. I started my career as a lawyer but somehow ended up as a teacher and now I have aspirations to write! My first novella Mutiny at Primrose High is available on Amazon and Flipkart and also as an e-book on Amazon Kindle.

Meghasi Bhatt


This is a sponsored post written for cars.com talking about car safety features and how to maintain cars for long use.  However the views expressed  are completely personal.

Why safety of cars?

Safety of Car turns to Safety of Yourself. It is always better to be safe then to be sorry. Everyday we read of mishaps on road that takes various lives. Rash driving and speeding may be the cause but at the same time failure of the vehicle might also be the reason. No matter how careful you drive or the amount of experience and skills you have, you are not safe unless your vehicle is in good condition and to keep it in good condition it should be maintained properly.

Why maintanance of the car is important ?

Maintenance of the vehicle plays an important role in your safety on the road. When you are having your own Car, it is your duty to maintain your car properly to ensure Safety of Car. Routine maintenance of your Car should be done regularly. Yes, it is true Routine Maintenance of Car may involve your valuable time and also money but I think, yours and your loved ones Life is more precious than anything else. Neglecting the condition of your vehicle, imagine heavy rain is pouring and you are driving on the highway and suddenly the vision gets unclear because of the false wiper blades or what if while driving any of your Car part fails because of negligence, may result in unpleasant and dangerous consequences. In such circumstances, you are endangering the lives of the people with you too. Prevention is always better than Cure, is what we all know.

Car is my second home.

While travelling, travelers consider their car as their second home. So it’s one’s duty to ensure Safety of Car even while you are out of your home. Knowing the percentage of crime happening in our country, theft and hijacking of the vehicles especially the cars have crossed all the records. If you go to the shop or to the office, or when you hit the gym, or in the circumstances where you find your Car to the only one present in the parking, you should always ensure the Safety of Car. 

1) First of all make sure always that your Car is locked properly and have no valuable belongings in it when you leave. 

2) . Even in slow-moving traffic you should always keep your valuable out of sight and safely in the boot or box or under the seat of the Car. 

3) . One should avoid going to the crime spot alone and at night or early morning.

4) . While driving you should follow all the traffic rules.

5) . One should always carry Car documents and insurance papers every time you take your Car out.

6) . Always follow speed limits, since people often disobey speed limit which in turn increases the chances of fatal accidents and affects the Safety of Car.
7) . One should not Drink and Drive.
8) . While driving a Car during traffic should try to maintain safe distance in the front.

It’s obvious one cannot mitigate the risks of being a victim but at least can minimize the chances of falling prey to the attackers by taking the precautions and following the above tips. You should consider the fitting of anti-theft device to ensure Safety of Car, through which your Car can be traced easily during any emergency. If you take proper care of your Car, your Car will last longer and work better and you can get a good resale value too. Additionally a proper maintained Vehicle is a Safer Vehicle.

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