Advice for the New Mom: The Easy Way of Approaching a Big Trip with Little Kids

 
Advice for the New Mom: The Easy Way of Approaching a Big Trip with Little Kids
Traveling with your kids is always exciting. However, for new moms, it can be both an adventure as well
as nerve-wrecking. 


Like any adventure, it has its challenges but it is also extremely rewarding and memorable too. Of
course, some parents also refer to it as a learning experience. This is because it can be a way to open
a child’s world further.


I remember my first traveling experience as a new mother like it happened yesterday. It was definitely
not the walk of sunshine I was expecting. 


Although traveling with a child is not easy, especially as a new parent, with the right tools it can be less
intimidating for both parties.


It’s finding those right tools which can add up to unnecessary frustrations and even ruin the
family vacation fun. To make your life easier, I have put together tips to help you approach a big trip with
the little ones the right way.

Pack Smart

When traveling with kids it’s important to pack as smart as you possibly can. You can’t always buy what
you need at the destination. Of course, you should pack what is needed but make sure not to overpack
either.


In order to pack the bare minimum, you need to get in touch with your creative side. A nifty trick I have
learned over the years is to roll clothes instead of folding them. I also stuff socks and underwear inside
shoes. 


Some people even wear their clothes on the flight. This leaves more room in their bags for other items.


Another hack I have learned is to select versatile and comfortable clothes. I also make sure our clothes
are color-coordinated so if something gets dirty you only have to change part of the outfit. I personally
use this tip not only for traveling purposes but to minimize laundry in everyday life.


Having fewer clothes result in lighter bags which makes it easier to transport them with as little
complaints as possible. When checking in baggage, you will also pay less because they charge you
per pound.

Make Pre-bookings Your Friend

Of course, you will have your flights booked for your trip ahead of time. However, your pre-booking
shouldn’t end there. Before having kids, you may be used to showing up at a destination, getting a feel
for the town, and choosing where to stay. 


I’m sorry to have to break the news to you but sadly, those days are over...


When arriving in a new place, it’s best to go straight to your resort, drop off bags, and give the kids a
chance to rest if they’re tired after the long journey. If they are not tired you could always use the extra
time doing some family activities.


I found that pre-booking locations generally make things easier. However, if you want a bit of flexibility
regarding resorts, I suggest booking the first night or two ahead of time. Once you’re settled, you can
then decide where to stay for the rest of the vacation. 


Not many people know that there are more pre-booking opportunities available other than flights and
resorts. You could also book certain activities to do with the kids such as booking tickets for the
museum, and theme parks. I have discovered on our last trip that even private and public transportation
can be pre-booked.


Anything you can book ahead of time is 1 less thing to worry about while trying to keep your whole family
happy. It also gives you more time to relax and enjoy your destination.

Child Discounts Are The Best

Never be afraid to ask for child discounts, after all, you are a parent now. Not all places offer these
discounts however, there is no harm in asking. These discounts really saves you a ton of cash.


Many new parents feel too intimidated to ask for discounts. I felt the same way, but I promise you once
you’ve done it a couple of times, it will be easier. 


It is shocking to see the number of places that will give you a child discount for tourists.


Here are places which usually have kids discounts:
  • Transportation (both private and public) 
  • Guide Tours
  • Attraction entrance fees
  • Restaurants (some have kids eat free nights)

When Kids Wonder

Despite your best efforts, your child may get lost. When this unfortunate circumstance does happen, it
helps if they have your contact information. 


Of course, little kids might not know what to do with the information. It is best to teach them what to do
in these situations as early as possible.


Another pretty nifty tip is to invest in an engraved bracelet for your little one. Not only will they feel cool
having jewelry like mommy, but these bracelets can have all the important contact information you need
on them. 


Which of course, can literally be a lifesaver if they decide to wander a bit too far away while you guys are
chilling by the pool, or exploring a new city. It’s a good idea to teach your child about the importance
of this bracelet, and how to approach strangers to ask them for help in the case that they are lost. 

The bracelets don’t necessarily need to be fancy. They could also be a simple as a rubber band, just
make sure the number can’t be rubbed off. Remember it's not about being fancy, the goal is to keep
them safe.

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