Share the joy
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  

Sean and Ryan

Sean and Ryan

We are going on our first family vacation in April. My kids are 5 and 3 and I can’t believe it either. My older son went on vacation when he was 18 months old I was 7 months preggo (so I don’t really count that as a vacation for me : )

When Sean was born he was born with a rare genetic disease called Citrullinemia needless to say our world was turned upside down. Vacations were something we dreamed about. Sean struggled after birth and we were on a very regimented medicine schedule. It was rough those first few years and given the complications of Citrullinemia we opted for a liver transplant. Sean was transplanted at 20 months and he has done amazing. Such a fighter. He is an amazing child. I am so blessed to have him.

Sean was granted a Make a Wish and we leave for Walt Disney World in April. Sean loves rides. The faster the better so he is going to love this trip so much. Me too. I love Disney and I am so excited for my children to experience this trip. It is the happiest place on Earth.

So through our trip they will be going on a plane. I am a little nervous for them because it can be a scary or exciting experience. I guess you don’t know how they will handle it until it happens.

So I have been looking up travel tips for kids and I found some great ones I thought I would share and maybe I can add to after our trip.

At the Airport
Explain the whole airport security process to the children including the removal of shoes, etc. Plan ahead in respect to carry on items. If managing more than one child, decide beforehand which parent will assist each child.
Provide healthy snacks to the children. Steer clear of giving candy to the kids prior to the flight. Besides being overpriced, the added sugar can heighten a child’s nervousness, irritability, and disrupt sleep routines. Kids as well as fellow passengers will appreciate a meltdown free flight.
Make sure, if time permits, to factor in a couple of bathroom breaks.
Bring activities such as small coloring books, etc. to kill time. An iPad or equivalent tablet device can offer a wealth of useful distraction.
On the Plane

Have the kids look for their seats.
Emphasize the importance of staying buckled in one’s seat.
If it’s your child’s first flight, reassure your kid by describing how taking off will feel ahead of time. Also be certain to provide details about the bumpy nature of turbulence during the flight.
Accommodations

Look for Hotels offering free Continental breakfasts.
Taking the pressure off needing to find a restaurant each morning provides tremendous value as well as better time management.
Seek out local grocery stores in order to be able to stock up on a small supply of your children’s familiar snacks for day trips as well as for the hotel room.
Map out the are ahead of time. Local area maps provided by hotels can be useful of course, but having a foundation of knowledge will make life easier for the whole family.
Use GPS as an additional tool. Complete dependence on GPS will only lead to frustration. If you have access to trustworthy local directions, use them.

These tips are provide by Cute Monster. Please check out their site for more great tips.


Share the joy
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •