Travel In Style With Kids In Tow
Traveling anywhere takes a fair bit of effort. After all, you have to figure out how you’re getting somewhere, pack, get underway, and try to keep to your timetable despite the world not really caring that you have a schedule. It can all end up being a bit hectic, but we manage it with style all the time because we put in the effort to stay ahead of potential problems. All of this is relatively easy when we’re on our own as it involves only dealing with our own behaviors when it comes to making plans. Things get a little harder when one brings their children along. It seems a lot more daunting to try to travel in style when you’re needing to balance the moods of children alongside all the things that need to be done to make travel go smoothly. This is particularly true of any children that have difficulty traveling. With that in mind, we do have a few suggestions that should help thing go a bit smoother.
Pack Smarter, Not Harder
Children can cause a mess at almost any age. They don’t necessarily mean too. Kids are either missing the fine motor control or just haven’t developed enough to think that doing something fully through and its potential consequences. Packing with this in mind can help you minimize fuss. Stick to relatively simple, but stylish attire for traveling. Solid to two-color outfits tend to be the best and require less potential focus than more complex looks. You can generally accessorize simpler looks or layer them to bring out the kind of air you want from an outfit. This will let you keep your luggage smaller so that there are fewer concerns about space with less travel savvy children. Encourage your children to dress for comfort. This will help minimize discomfort during an extended bit of travel and help even fussier travelers make it to their destination just fine. Admittedly, you may want to help them to keep things relatively simple too so that they have the clothing they need for the climate while remaining comfortable.
Travel is often boring. Most of us learn to take a nap or otherwise tune out flight or long rides. Children don’t necessarily have that skill. Keeping everything calm takes a bit of planning. Think about what the children need to keep them focused on something other than traveling. Bookish children will appreciate a new book or two to hold their attention while more energetic ones might want a means of portable electronic entertainment. Music lovers might want to borrow a phone or use their own. Try to find where interests overlap, if you have more than one child to consider, and remind them to change up how they’re passing the time to avoid the dreaded boredom. Keeping them focused on other things for the duration of the travel will help prevent disagreements and fights that can lead to stained or strained outfits. Arriving with everyone looking their best will keep you looking and feeling stylish.
Make It Memorable, Make It Stylish
We all have those little rules that we consistently obey that aren’t necessarily strictly required. Consider being a bit flexible with them when traveling with kids. They can eat an unhealthy mess for food as long as they’re willing to clean up afterwards. Making things feel freer and more memorable results in more agreeable kids. The end result is that you can plan more and get them to cooperate with you on things. This can mean looking your collective best for a family meal or outing that you can then immortalize in photos or it can mean having a little extra bonding time. Part of being stylish is looking effortless. If you’re stressed about managing kids, then nothing you do is necessarily going to look its best. Taking a more relaxed approach and moving with the energy of the moment should keep you grounded enough to make the most of things though. Remember that stylish photos at memorable locations will be something you’ll all likely enjoy for years to come.
Traveling in style and traveling with kids don’t need to be opposites. There’s just another layer of planning that needs to happen to help ensure that everyone makes it through the travel looking their best. Keeping outfits comparatively simple and hands busy will go a long way towards easing the potential fashion disasters of travel. You can build on that by ensuring everyone stays happy and engaged so that you can arrange for outings where everyone can look their best. It may take extra effort, but you’ll at least be able to confidently enjoy travel together.