Families on the go magazine
Now a days families are part of a highly mobile society. They go out to work, shop and play. Mainly travel on vacations and mainly move every year. Busy parents try to make each trip as enjoyable convenient, and safe as possible for their kids and themselves. Start out with a list of places to go and things to do, and plan the best route to make your trip as effiencent as possible. Pile library books, shopping lists and other supplies in a special place near the door where you won’t forget them shopping with a small child or with sereval children is not a easy task. Many parents try to shop alone for big grocery orders, and some say they’re able to save sitters fees because of careful comparison shopping they’re able to do without kids along. For older children, though, a trip to the store can be a learning experience in both nutrition and economy.
Adults may be able to throw a few things into a bag and dash off, but not when kids are coming along. Traveling with babies six months or younger is fairly easy, since they take long naps and don’t move around much. With older children, you need to plan carefully.
It is hard to travel light with children. Clothing, food and toys take lots of space, but imaginative packing pays off. A backpack and/or umbrella stroller is well worth the space taken up. Older children enjoy selection and packing the things they want to bring. You’ll need to set limits as to types, sizes, and number of toys allowed. Take only what fits in your child’s backpack or suitcase.
- Simplify the project by designing specific hags for specific items. Put children’s clothing on top for easy access if you’re sharing suitcases.
- Pack a few of your baby’s things to make strange surroundings seem more familiar.
- Use a see-through lingerie case with zippered pockets and and a hanger for small items for babies and parents. The bag is easily moved and hung, and the contents are visible.
- Pack several large plastic bags. They can be used for soiled laundry and to protect the sheets of the occasional bed-wetter. Or bring a bath hug with rubber backing to lay down on top of a sheet. It rolls up easily for travel.
- Let your baby’s quilt double as a changing pad. Slip it in a pillowcase and tie a ribbon around it for easy transportation.
Adult may be able to throw few things into a bag and dash off, but not when kids are coming along. Travelling with babies six months or younger is fairly easy, since they take long nap and don’t move around much. With older children, plan for outing is discreet.
City travel with Kids
- Set your baby’s infant seat in the stroller if your child isn’t old enough to sit up.
- Use a baby harness or toddler wrist leash if your toddler is tired of the stroller. Embroider it or sew on appliqués to make to look more personalised and less like leash.
- Take booster seat