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25 dec


Things to keep in mind while travelling with kids Travelling with kids throws up different kind of challenge and requires different kind of preparation. Travelling with kids can be exciting or nightmare for both you and the young ones. Advance planning and preparation go a long way in ensuring the trip is remembered for the right reasons. We share tips to enjoy your journey. Book early: First and foremost book your tickets well in advance. A confirmed ticket will give you peace of mind and you can start preparing your kid for the journey. Irrespective of the mode, kids also look forward to the trip. If the kids are old enough involve them from the planning stage and half your job is done. If you are travelling by train booking early will ensure you get a berth of your choice. Overnight journey saves you lot of trouble as major part of journey is spent sleeping. But if its early morning train or flight make it a point to put the child to bed early or else your half asleep – half awake child is sure to throw tantrums. An irritated child can test your patience when you are boarding the train or plane. An irritated child can test your patience; avoid that by keeping your child engaged Road trips throw up different kind of challenge and require different kind of preparation. Travelling in your vehicle automatically comforts your kid. But if it’s a different vehicle keep some of your child’s favourite toys to keep him occupied. Early morning start will ensure everybody is fresh for the trip. What to pack: If you are heading to the mountains, then pack some woolens. Change in climate is known to be a big spoiler on such trips so carrying some extra woolens is a small price to pay. Let him have his favourite toy/bottle anything that you think will make him comfortable. If you have bought something specially for the trip make sure your child uses it before the actual trip. Games: While travelling, avoid the usual video games or computer games. Try to introduce your child to board games or books on long journeys. For road trips both video and board games are bit difficult to manage. But you can play games like memory test or identify the vehicle contest. You can also tell them about the place you are visiting or people they will be meeting. If you too are visiting the place for the first time, find out more about it from the travel agent or internet. Don’t forget to reward the winner whenever you stop for a break. The tried, tested and never out of fashion “Antakshari” can be enjoyed on such trips. Food: It is one thing that you will require to be extra prepared. Prepare all the special food your child needs including their comfort food. Also check with the hotel if your special requirements will be taken care of. Though packaged snacks are easily available everywhere the kids will demand extra food. Keep homemade snacks for emergency needs. Even if kids don’t finish it off you can enjoy it with a hot cup of tea. Medicine: Whether the trip is long or short you must carry all the medicines with you. This includes both the essential and non-essential ones. Also inform your family doctor about the visit and that you may call him in case the child falls sick.


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