Travelling with kids is easier than you think, however, you may think to yourself “I wish I had done that differently” on your return. TravelUp provided some of the crucial mistakes that many make but you should avoid when travelling with kids. As long as you remember these, your next trip away with the little ones should be much easier and stress-free.
Not being flexible with dates
If you’re kids are in school, you will have minimal flexibility but this is better than none. One of the most common mistakes to avoid when travelling is not being flexible with your dates, especially when flying with children. This could result in you paying more for your trip than you should be, and the more money you save when booking, the more money you have to spend whilst on your family trip.
Another common travel mistakes when travelling with kids is favouring airports. Of course, you will be looking for the most convenient options when with the little ones but sometimes travelling that little further can save you money. If you’re looking to save money, then you shouldn’t be favouring airports.
Over and Under Packing
Remember what the essentials are when you’re travelling with kids. Of course, pack heavy things like car seats, toys and strollers as they are important, but you can cut down on the amount of toys you pack or bring a smaller stroller. If you can, try and cut down or find alternatives for the essentials. This being said, you will need extra clothes and diapers for the little ones as accidents can happen.
Being strict on eating
It’s a holiday; don’t be so strict with what your kids will be eating, especially on the planes. One of the most common travel mistakes is being very strict on eating. Don’t starve your kids if there aren’t any healthy options so being flexible is your best bet. For the flight, if you’re worried about what they will eat, spend some time choosing their meal in duty free before you fly.
Letting your child stay up during overnight flights
Whilst one of our top tips for flying alone with young kids is to ensure they’re entertained, it’s also important they get some rest. Tell them what when the lights go out, they should turn off their movie and get some sleep. Try and plan nap times around the flight so they will be more tired and likely to fall asleep.
Apologising to passengers
Not every flight will be perfect, and sometimes your child may be unhappy throughout and it’s often the case that you will feel the need to apologise to other passengers. As long as you do your utmost to ensure that your child is happy, comfortable and settled then that is all you can do. The little one will be crying for a reason and if you’re attempting to help then that is all you can do. Passengers might even compliment your parenting skills.
These are some of the most common mistakes to avoid when travelling, but it is important to remember that not every trip will perfect. Micro-managing every part of your trip will lead you to