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I am the mother of two young children, ages four and two. Travel has taken a back seat for everyone due to the pandemic going on for the past couple of years. We felt it was past time for a family vacation now that things were looking well. The prospect of travelling with two small children makes one quite nervous.
However, the delight, enthusiasm, and excitement on your children’s faces and the experience you gain as a family make it all worthwhile. We took the train to Katra and paid a visit to Shri Mata Vaishno Devi’s holy shrine.
Here I am sharing a few tips and tricks that made things smooth for us.
- If you believe you’ll be on a lengthy journey and your children will need to use public facilities, bring a toilet seat sanitiser. This protects you and your children from infection.
- If your children use a toilet trainer or a toilet seat, bring it with them; otherwise, they may have difficulty using the restroom and become irritable.
- If you’re going to a hill station in the winter, covering up, your kids will assist a lot. Always check to see if your children are warm enough. Puffer jackets, gloves, and hats should all be carried. I often buy hooded jackets and sweaters for my children because they are generally uncomfortable wearing caps, but they grow accustomed to wearing hoods with time.
- Carry some light snacks and juices with you. Always keep children hydrated while on the go. Keep giving them something to eat frequently, this keeps them both warm and energetic and also keeps them involved.
- Always make all your bookings in advance. A hush hush travel is a big no with little children.
- Talk to them about how they feel , what all did they see and like. Our kids were super excited about their first train travel experience and we kept talking to them on the way and toddlers have a bucket full of questions always and ever, try and answer their questions. This makes them feel valued and enhances their travel experience.
- Always carry essential medicines with you like crocin, nasal spray, nasal drops etc. Try to carry a zinc acetate syrup , zinc is a tonic for stomach. So if they have some stomach related troubles due to outside food zinc helps a long way. Always consult your pediatrician before giving any medicines to kids.
- Carry home remedies like I normally carry some hing (asafoetida), some fennel seeds (roasted and powdered mixed with a little powdered sugar) this helps in case of diarrhea and serves as a taste changer in case of vomiting.
- Let them enjoy some local food, a vacation is basically a break from the routine so let them get the feeling.
- Click lots and lots of pictures , it will be a memory that will last for a long time and something that they can associate a vacation with later.
If travelling by car carry the stroller along, kids get tired faster and can’t walk much. If you are travelling using a mode of public transport, most tourist places now have the facility of renting strollers. Rent them out and let the kids enjoy while they rest.
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