Backpack Travel Tips For Single Parents Traveling With Kids

Being a single parent is challenging, to say the least. Trust me when I say I know how it is. We support our children and raise them ourselves. We do everything solo from school sports to doctors appointments. We work our tails off each and every day to make sure our children have the best possible life we can give them. In most cases, we have no help.

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Just like most parents, we also deserve a vacation, and so do our children! A nice break away from the struggles of daily life. In that regard, this article is full of tips and suggestions meant especially for single parents vacationing with children.

Backpack Travel Tips

Traveling with children as a single parent may seem like a disaster waiting to happen. I assure you though it doesn’t have to be. It can be a rich, fulfilling, rewarding and relaxing experience for both you and your kids. Whether you are traveling to Hawaii, California, Minnesota, or in any state or other countries, it is best to plan your vacation ahead of time. And if you are thinking of doing a backpack travel, then here are the things you should prepare and remember.

Backpacks also fit right in with our “One Trip Rule” for packing because they can ride on top of a rolling suitcase.

Getting your kids ready for the trip

The first thing to prepare for is the plane trip. Maybe your children have been on a plane before. If so, they’ll know what to expect. If not, it’s a good idea to pick up a story book about airplanes to read to them. This will help to relieve any anxiety they may have and will instill a sense of excitement about going on a plane. Be sure to pack some handheld games, etc. to keep them occupied during the flight.

If your children tend to get motion sickness, it’s a good idea to talk to your family doctor before you go on your trip. The pediatrician will be able to give your child some gentle anti-nausea medicine to take before the flight. Begin preparing for the plane trip at least two weeks ahead of time. This will give you plenty of time to mentally prepare your children for their first flight. It will also give them time to become excited.

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Preparing the bags

While the scheduled trip is still a month away, list down the things you need to bring. And when you’re packing, check off the items that you already have. Remember, you’ll want to keep it light, only bringing what you’ll absolutely need.

During the days you’ll be out backpacking, walking, exploring. At the end of the day, you’ll go back to the hotel. So, think of the items that you will want for use in the hotel. Pajamas, toiletries, bedtime items. Then, think of the items you’ll want to carry with you as you explore…snacks, drinks, cameras, batteries, a change of daytime clothes, and a small first aid kit just in case. As much as possible, load the bags with light items. Kids can carry their own backpacks so long as they are not heavy.

Establishing your rules

Once you are all packed and the kids are prepared, there’s just one thing left to do and that is to establish rules. Make sure that you clearly state your expectations for your children’s’ behavior and explain what will happen to them if they do not comply.

For example, if a child is having tantrums, then he or she will be staying in the hotel room for one hour. This will let your kids know how to keep their behavior in check, making them understand that if they don’t follow your rules, there will be consequences.

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Although it’s a bit of a challenge to travel with your kids, considering that you’re the only adult, it’s definitely going to be worth it. With careful planning and preparation as mentioned above, it will be a wonderful family adventure.

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