Top 10 Tips for Traveling with Kids


While exploring the world with your kids is an incredibly rewarding experience, traveling with a family presents some challenges. From staying organized to keeping everyone happy and entertained on the road, vacations with kids, particularly long-haul excursions, can be a headache. To help make your next family trip as stress-free as possible, check out our 10 tips for traveling with kids.

Plan, Plan, and Plan Some More

Freewheeling travelers will need to buckle down and organize activities well in advance when traveling with kids. Pre-plan as much as possible; figure out what to expect at the airport, if you’ll need to bring a car seat for a rental car, what kind of shops will be at your destination, what supplies you’ll need to bring from home, and which attractions will be age-appropriate for your kids. Start by researching your destination at Fodor’s Travel. It also never hurts to check the U.S. Department of State’s Travel Warnings and Travel Alerts before making plans.

Involve Your Kids in the Planning Process

Kids love being participants in family plans, so talk with them about your trip and, if they are old enough, ask them to do a bit of research, too. Provide a few websites they can visit or give them a Fodor’s guidebook, and ask your child to draw up a list of attractions he or she is most interested in. If your children are still too small to help, get them involved in other ways. Talk about the trip and what it will be like. Show them pictures of some of the places you’ll go. The important thing is to get your kids excited—and calm any nerves—before setting out….

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