Travel builds understanding of others and opens up a world of possibilities for children. Though it can seem like a daunting task at first, particularly for those of you who are not used to traveling yourself, trips near and far build confidence and adaptability for both you and your child. Here are a few basic things to keep in mind as you travel with your little one.

  • Keep It Simple

You may not have a choice, depending on the reason for your trip, but do your best to keep things simple and flexible. Tight timelines and too many activities can exhaust everyone and ruin and otherwise enjoyable trip.

  • Plan Ahead

Explore where you’re going ahead of time online. Make sure you have those items that make your life easier: snacks, umbrella, sunhats. You don’t want to over pack, but items that keep everyone comfortable and healthy during unexpected circumstances will make you trip calmer and happier.

  • Manage Expectations

This is a big one for you and your child. Enjoy being together away from home. Don’t try to squeeze too many activities into one day. Leave time for your child to relax and reflect on all the new experiences.

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