by SARA AHMAD
Holidaying with infants and toddlers is not that tough! Here's your guide for a great family vacation
An outdoor trip is a great time to bond with your little one and create great memories. We've got all the travel tips you need to plan a vacation with your still-in-diaper babies or toddlers.
Travelling outdoors with your child might mean carrying a bit of extra luggage. Kids spoil their clothes pretty fast. A few set of extra clothes for your little guy will always come in handy. Basic medicines, baby food and a few of his favourite toys are some travelling essentials. Packing along some toys will keep your child engaged during the travel, and keep him less cranky and demanding.
Let's face it - a vacation involves sightseeing and shopping, resulting in long walks. Equip yourself with the adequate travel gear for your child. A light stroller, booster seat, and a baby carrier are a boon during outdoor trips. The travelling gear makes your child's and your life comfortable and stress-free. Be fully armed to make your trip a memorable and enjoyable one.
Choose to stay in a kid-friendly hotel over a high-end luxury hotel. At the latter, you might worry about your toddler breaking a fancy vase while running in the lobby. A family vacation should be a time to break free and indulge in some rule-breaking activities with your kids. Staying at a posh vintage hotel might not be a great idea with your little ones, who are yearning for a free-spirited vacation. A little bit of research on the hotels earlier will save you from the trouble later.
Kids love to enjoy a picnic treat. If taking a road trip, pack some healthy and yummy picnic treats for the mid-route stopover. It is pertinent to stay hydrated throughout the journey so a carton of your child's favourite juice is a must-carry. Eat light during the journey, and don't indulge in greasy meals. Fruits, sandwiches and pancake are some pack-from-home options. Since most airlines today are budget, and don't serve meals, be sure to pack in your child's favourite finger foods to keep her happy throughout the vacation. Cheese cubes or slices, a small pack of Chocos, healthy cookies, a small chocolate, cut fruit, and even an odd packet of chips usually works well.
At The Destination
Once you are at the destination, plan a list of places and possible activities that are apt for your child. Keep in mind the local weather conditions and popular activities. A day out for dolphin sighting at the famous lake will keep your kid enthused. Hence, it is fitting to say, "When in Rome, do as the Romans do." A visit to the aquarium in the city might enthrall your child more than a visit to the local market. Plan an adventurous hiking trip (depending upon the destination) to give your child his first outdoor exploratory experience.
Needless to say, try and capture all the special moments for creating the perfect scrapbook, or posting them on Facebook for your friends to see. You can relive the moments of your child's first hiking trip, castle-building fun, her visit to the beach with tiny cool sunglasses on. Photographs are one of the best ways for preserving memories of your trip. Another way of evoking memories is by keeping postcards from the local destinations with your child's thumb print and date over them.
A cheerful demeanour will bring out the best in your toddler. Spread the holiday cheer in your home. More than the trip, it's the planning and packing fun that eventually makes your vacation really count. Start sharing interesting stories about the holiday destination and some fun activities that you plan to do there. Weave some interesting trivia about the place in the daily bedtime storytelling. Your child's involvement in all the planning will make your holiday a fun-filled and gratifying experience. Happy travelling!