Travelling with kids - Why you should do it and how to make it stress-free
Travelling with your kids really is the best gift you can give them. Yes, travelling with children to a foreign destination can be daunting, may raise a lot of questions and requires a lot of planning, but the benefits are immeasurable and with the assistance of useful travel products you can make it stress-free!
Kooshy Kids explain the benefits of travelling with kids and how the right bag of tricks can help to manage and minimise stress.
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Why you should travel with kids?
Travelling with kids can have an immensely positive impact on them. The knowledge they will acquire, skills they will develop and memories they will gain from travel, makes it totally worth it!
LEARN. Not all classrooms have four walls and the experience of travel provides a great educational opportunity for kids. Immersing them in different cultures is a very enriching and rewarding experience. It’s not just about educating kids on the destinations history, customs and way of life.. it’s also about learning how to travel, what is required to undertake travel, the different currency, language, transport and food. By travelling with your kids you can help them gain one of the best educations that life can provide.
GROW. Kids love seeing new things and exploring new places. Providing your children with the opportunity to do this will open their mind to all sorts of possibilities. Travel gives children the time and space away from normal life, school and technology for self-discovery. Children will relish the adventures travel provides and they will discover new interests, skills and abilities. Perhaps some encouragement to venture outside of their comfort zone will be required, but the personal growth they can acquire from their travel experiences is extremely valuable.
CREATE. When you travel with your kids you get to spend real quality time together as a family. Travel can provide an opportunity to forge deeper connections with your children and create everlasting memories. Travelling together on a family holiday provides new and unique experiences creating fantastic memories.
Also, it’s easy to take Australian life for granted; showing children how others live and another way of life can make them appreciate their home life more.
How to make family travel stress-free?
Keeping children comfortable and entertained as well as being organised are paramount when it comes to family travel, and Australian company Kooshy Kids creates products that aim to achieve all of these things.
COMFORT. Keeping kids comfortable is key, especially on long-haul flights, which can be a nightmare if you don’t have a way of letting your child stretch out and lay flat for some sleep. Lucky there is a practical and affordable product available to help. The Kooshy Kids Kooshion can be used to create a flat, flexible space on the plane for kids to spread out on. It is placed on the floor between your child’s seat and the seat in front and once inflated, provides a large flat surface for a comfortable sleeping space. It’s simple to use, lightweight, durable and comfy with a soft material on top. Over 50 airlines allow the use of the Kooshy Kids Kooshion during the flight with some conditions i.e. it must be deflated for take-off and landing. This product is a must when flying with kids…if the kids can get some sleep then so can you and it makes a big difference!
ENTERTAINMENT. Yes you can let your kids watch their shows and play with their tablets and gadgets, but if you’re looking for some alternate entertainment that engages their creative minds and gives them a nice break from technology (plus you don’t need to charge any batteries!) there are some great travel friendly games available. Kooshy Kids recommends and stocks Tiger Tribe products. Tiger Tribe games are compact and portable and encourage independent play, they are perfect for travelling kids. Magnetic games, play scenes and design boards help develop imagination and fine motor skills. Other entertainment options include books, packs of cards, yoyo, journal and any small toy that is portable and easy to pack (hanging toys you can click to their backpacks are good).
PLANNING. You do need to be extra organised when travelling with kids. Research the destination and find out what activities there are to do with kids, what restaurants and hotels are family- friendly and what items you can order in advance to help you out. Think about pram or car seat hire at the destination. Food is an important factor, kids can get cranky when they are hungry and they may not like the food available. It is therefore best to pack some snacks with you for the journey and carry them in a separate easy to access bag.
Snacks are also a good way to pass some time and keep kids quiet when travelling. It’s also very important to be organized when it comes to your family’s travel documents and passports and keep them all together in a safe place. A Kooshy Kids family passport wallet is ideal for this. The wallet makes it easier to access passports quickly and minimizes the chance of misplacing essential documentation. Another suggestion is to employ the use of ID bracelets for the kids just in case they wander off - the most frightening scenario imaginable!
Travel really is the best experience you can give your children so go book that family holiday, grab some Kooshy Kids products to help make it stress free and create some happy memories exploring the world together.
ABOUT KOOSHY KIDS
Kooshy Kids is passionate about making family travel stress-free, providing family travel products including the Kooshy Kids Kooshion an inflatable sleep device that allows kids to lay flat when travelling in a regular economy seat.
Business owner: Louisa Williams
Fav café: St Rose in Essendon
Coffee order: English Breakfast Tea (I don’t drink coffee, which makes it pretty boring, although they do have the reputation as having the best coffee in the area).
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