5 Tips for Traveling with Kids

Kids can sometimes be a handful, but with these handy tips, you can make your trip run smoothly.

By Mathew S. Chan
April 08, 2015


Traveling is a real joy, but complications can’t be helped, no matter how prepared you are. Sometimes, traveling with children can be a challenge, but knowing the right tips and doing the right things can make your family trip the fun vacation it can be.

1.    Book everything in advance.
It pays to be prepared. You want everything to be smooth sailing from the get-go, so book everything in advance from plane tickets to hotel rooms to tickets for shows you plan to see. This allows you to pick your rooms and seats, making it easier to keep track of where you’re taking your kids. Booking in advance also allows you to request for extra beds and inquire about playrooms and child-friendly facilities before you get to your destination.

2.    Have a complete itinerary.
Leave no minute spared. Nothing is more dangerous than an idle child. Keep your kids focused and busy with shows, games, and activities from start to finish. You can avoid unnecessary tantrums and dull moments if your children are having fun. This will also allow your kids to use their energy wisely throughout the day, making it easier for them to sleep early at night.

3.    Invest in a child tracker.
Doing this doesn’t mean you’re a bad parent. This is just a tool to help you keep your children safe as it is hard to avoid being separated from them in crowded places. It may have not happened to you yet, but it has certainly happened to others. If your child has a phone, invest in an app that allows you to track them if you get separated or an alarm-like device you can press and sound off the minute you lose track of your son or daughter.

4.    Avoid sweets as much as possible.
Children love sweets, and they can get a rush after eating a piece or two, making them harder to calm down. Pack some savory snacks like cheese cubes, crackers, or chips instead. After the sugar rush, there comes the crankiness once it wears off, which is something you want to avoid during trips, especially long ones. If you can’t resist giving them sweets, wait until you’re back in your room or in a controlled environment where you can watch them in case anything goes wrong.

5.    Always have a toiletry kit.
No matter what age your child is, some sort of mess will always follow. Make sure you are armed with baby wipes, alcohol, tissues, and other things to help keep your child’s hygiene. Accidents happen, and being prepared will keep unexpected situations from getting too stressful. Also have a lot of extra shirts because they are bound to be stained or sweat-filled sometime during the day.