5 tips for stress free family travel with kids

Last Updated on 6th August 2020
Apprehensive about the approaching family vacation? Traveling can be a trying time for families with young children, especially for new parents flying with kids for the first time. Early mornings, long queues, long flights, and often long days – not a good mix. Add a ball or two of energy who is not capable of reasoning, and things have the potential to go sideways well before takeoff. The keys to stress-free travel with kids are all in the planning and organizing. We have compiled a list of five top tips for a seamless travel experience for the whole family.
In the video
00:03 – Traveling can be a trying time.
00:23 – Our top 5 tips.
00:28 – Choose the right flights.
01:07 – So some research.
01:38 – Make peace with the screen.
02:17 – Arrive early.
02:40 – Be flexible.
5 simple tips
1. Choose the right flight for your child
When booking flights, choose one that suits your child's sleep cycle and personality. If your child is a happy, contented child early in the morning, then by all means book that 5 am flight. Chances are they will nap during the flight and arrive well-rested, with enough time to settle in at the destination before bedtime.

If your child is not as delightful in the morning, then consider sacrificing an earlier arrival for a more pleasant journey. Longer haul flights are usually best taken at night to coincide with their sleep cycle, and direct flights are much easier on the traveling toddler. Try to implement a similar bedtime routine (as much as possible) and sit down to a meal at the airport before takeoff. This way, pajamas can go on, and after take-off, the bedtime routine can commence.

If you do have a layover, make it long enough to take advantage of a hotel close to the airport. Everybody will thank you for it.

2. Do some research
Read up and make a checklist of what needs to be packed. Completing this step will minimize stress and disorganization when the packing commences, and reduce the chances of any over-packing. The key is to pack smartly, particularly with carry-on luggage.

Juggling a toddler in the confined space of a plane is challenging enough without adding numerous carry-on items. Consider freeing your arms from the need to use a stroller to and from the gate by using the Tern-x bbeez instead, a real travel problem solver. This is the world's handiest child-friendly luggage-stroller hybrid. This innovative design has combined a 5-point safety harness for the younger child and a booster seat for the toddler into its carry-on bag. This allows the child to remain seated past the boarding gate all the way onto the plane. Launching soon, visit https://www.tern-x.com/ for more information and join our list.
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3. Make peace with the screen
We all have an opinion about kids and technology, and the amount of screen time appropriate for young children. However, being confined to a small space with many other passengers drastically reduces the options available for toddlers to create and play. There are no outdoors, and there is no floor-sized play mat; just a seat and an aisle shared with everyone else.

Handheld electronic devices can be incredibly handy for long flights when other activities have been exhausted. These can be loaded prior to departure with favorite movies, shows, apps, and anything else that will engage your child while keeping them calm and contented.

If you are concerned about the amount of screen time your toddler might be exposed to on a long haul flight, follow the World Health Organization's (WHO) recommendation for 3-4-year-olds and allow a maximum of one hour at a time, breaking it up with snack time, books or another engaging activity.

Below is a list of recommended electronic devices to pack in your carry-on.

-tablet (iPad, Samsung Galaxy or similar);

-children's earphones;

-educational gadgets (Leapfrog or similar);

-a power bank.

If you plan on taking any electrical devices, even if it is just your phone, strongly consider including a power bank. Don't be caught out with an iPad with no charge and a tired child. When choosing a carry-on bag, consider the Tern-x bbeez, which includes an ejectable 10000mAh power bank incorporated into the bag, enabling you to stay fully charged the whole journey. Plan ahead and be prepared. Launching soon, visit https://www.tern-x.com/ for more information and join our list.

4. Arrive early
Plan on arriving at the airport with enough time to calmly check-in, make your way through security and find the kids a proper meal before locating your gate well before the boarding call.

There may be some challenges with traveling with young children, but there are also a couple of perks. If you are traveling with a child under the age of 2, take advantage of pre-boarding offered by most airlines. This allows families to board before the crowds, find your seat and get comfortable before the remaining passengers start to board. If your little one is above 2 and your airline does not have a family pre-boarding policy, consider purchasing priority boarding if this is within your budget. This simple move makes boarding with young children a breeze.

5. Be flexible
Try to be mindful that this is not an everyday experience for a young child, and may also be their first time traveling. Release all expectations on when or if they will sleep and how they will behave.

If there is a tantrum ensuing because they want to eat muesli bars for dinner, let them eat the muesli bars. Don't be too hard on them or yourself, and just take a few deep breaths. It will mean a much more peaceful journey, and not just for you. Your fellow travelers have probably all had a loved one in your position, or been in it themselves, so don't feel embarrassed or worry they are being disturbed.

It pays for the flexibility to continue after you land. If there are adventures planned the first day after arrival and the kids are exhausted, don't push it. Re-organize and enjoy a quiet day, and everyone will benefit.

Similarly, if you had planned to use the budget-friendly public transport and everyone is tired and on edge, consider opting instead for a rental car if this is available to you. These will offer your toddler or infant a quiet space to relax and nap. Creature comforts are of very high value when traveling with young children.

With knowledge and careful planning, traveling with a toddler can be a stress-free experience, as eyes open wide in wonder and worlds are expanded. Let Tern-x bbeez the premium family carry on luggage solve all of your carry on problems, allowing you to relax and enjoy the adventure.

Kid flying holding a wooden toy plane
Have a wonderful day wherever you are and safe travels.
Tack and Hoe Ping Founders Tern-x
Authors: Tack & Hoe Ping
Founders of Tern-x, avid travelers and proud parents to two little energetic balls of energy. We create, innovate and marry needs to situations.
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