Normally, the idea of traveling just lights us up and makes all giddy inside. If you are a single parent, however, it can a bit of a doozy. Preparations for travel can be a bit stressful. For instance, you will have to buy travel insurance for all of you and handle the documents alone, get a letter from the other parent that the kids are allowed to travel with you, and so on. You are a one-man army, and your mission? Make sure that their time with you is as enjoyable as you want it to be.
But you have, to be honest, traveling with your kids is one of the best ways to bond with them and create new memories they will carry with them forever. You get to see the world through their eyes and you can experience new things with them you would never have thought are fun and meaningful.
To help single parents out there, we have listed a couple of tricks that you can use to make sure that you and your kids will enjoy your trip.
Make sure to involve them in planning the trip
Bonding does not just start during the trip, it can happen even before that. Make plans with your kids and consult them about places they want to go, activities they want to do, and sites they want to see. This way, they will already be excited for the trip already. Additionally, make sure that your itinerary satisfies all of you so that each of you have something to look forward too.
Comfort them during your trip
Going to another place is fun, but traveling there could be a bit stressful, especially for younger kids. Regardless if it is by car or by plane, make sure to find ways in which you can make the travel comfortable for them. Remember that they have been taken out of their comfort zone and will be restless throughout the trip. Bring a couple of their favorite toys and play along with them or bring snacks so that the change in pressure when you are on a plane is not much of a bother.
Prepare for all kinds of emergencies
This covers medical emergencies or menial ones like spilling their drink or throwing up on the plane. If they require medication, make sure to pack that in your carry-on bag for easy access. Bring wet wipes and an extra shirt for spills or when they become ill and vomit. Moreover, remember to settle their insurance so that hospital care in a foreign country is not going to be a problem.
Do not go overboard with your plans
Remember that the trip is not just about the destination and the plans you have made one you have arrived; it is also about making sure everyone is relaxed and having fun. If you have really young kids and your separation with your partner has taken a toll on them, this is one of the best ways to show that they are loved. So do not over plan it, rather, let the trip takes it natural course and make sure only good memories come out of it.
Create exciting moments with your kids during your travel. Keep these tips in mind and for sure it is the only thing they will be talking about for a long time.