Getting Them Involved
First of all, it’s a good idea to get your kids excited about the prospect of travel; instead of anxious about it. Let them be involved in part of the planning process to help ease this anxiety. Show them pictures of where you’re going, discuss what the traveling aspect will actually be like, and let them help you pack their own bags!
Keeping Them Busy
One of the hardest parts of traveling with kids for the first time is how they might react to whatever mode of transport you’ll be getting on. Boats aren’t so bad, as you’ll likely be able to move around a lot more. However, trains and planes may feel a little restrictive. You’re going to want to keep them busy for the majority of the journey, so put together a little activity pack that will keep them occupied. It could include some of their favorite toys and games, a coloring book, and some snacks to tide them over, too.
Don’t Lose Your Temper
It’s quite common for little ones to feel uneasy when they’re traveling for the first time, so try to put them in your shoes. If they’re having a tantrum, try to talk them out of it calmly and confidently. Whatever you do, don’t lose your temper. This may only make things worse and put them off traveling again.
Traveling with kids for the first time doesn’t need to be a nightmarish prospect. Just try out some of these tips and see how it goes!