Spending time with your grandkids is crucial to developing that bond with them. Sometimes, parents can be very busy, and the kids need more attention from adults. Luckily, grandparents save the day and take care of the kids while parents are off busy somewhere.
However, grandparents aren’t only there to bond with the grandkids when the parents are busy. Sometimes, grandparents prefer to spend the vacation with their grandchildren alone. If this sounds like something you’re interested in, then read on.
You need to prepare yourself for a trip like this so that you and your grandchildren can enjoy your time. On that note, here are seven smart tips for when you want to travel with your grandchildren.
Plan with your grandchildren
The time to bond with your grandchildren doesn’t start on the trip itself. It starts way before the trip.
One way to spend time with your grandchildren is to plan your trip with them. Planning the journey with your grandchildren will make them look forward to it since they have a say on the activities.
Aside from that, everyone can plan out activities that they enjoy. Keep in mind that there should be a balance between activities that you enjoy and those that your grandkids enjoy. Planning the trip with your grandchildren is going to make this task a lot easier.
Prepare essential travel documents.
One of the most crucial things that you should have on you when you travel would be all your travel documents. When going with your grandchildren, you might want to ask their parents for their health insurance cards and their notarized medical release forms. These are documents you need in cases of emergencies.
You might also need to have a letter of permission from your grandkids’ parents. Indicated on it is that they allow their kids to travel abroad with you. Having all these prepared beforehand will make traveling with your grandkids a lot easier.
In relation to this, it is advisable to keep your essential travel documents in your carry-on. That way, you can access them anytime you need to whip them out.
Try to travel light
Traveling with your grandchildren means you’re going to be lugging around multiple bags. Since you might not be as limber as you used to be, you want to keep up with them a little more. However, if your luggage is burdening you, you might not be able to do this.
Therefore, as much as possible, try and travel light. If you can, you might want to stick to carry-ons. Avoid having to get a piece of check-in luggage as much as possible. Not only is it increasing the baggage you have to roll around with, but it’s also adding an unnecessary cost that you can cut back on for the trip.
Bring a travel survival kit
Traveling with your grandchildren will be a lot easier if you bring a “travel survival kit” with you. The contents of a travel survival kit depend a whole lot on the age of your grandkids. If they’re younger, then it’s going to need a lot of items. These items range from extra diapers to entertainment material like toys for them.
You’ll have an easier time if they’re a little older. You only need some snacks and chargers. You should make sure that your travel survival kit also has the medications that your grandkids might need.
Set some ground rules
Grandparents are a lot more lenient over the grandkids than their parents are, which is why we love them. However, it’s crucial to set some ground rules when you’re traveling with your grandchildren. That way, you can ensure everyone’s safety during travel.
Communicate to them the importance of following these ground rules beforehand. Getting everybody on the same page will make it a lot easier to enforce them. And telling them the rules allows them to know what lines they shouldn’t be crossing.
Fix a time for downtime
While you’re on vacation with your grandkids, it can be quite exhausting trying to keep up. Remember that you don’t need to jampack your schedules to have some activity. Ensure that you’ve set up a time dedicated to just relaxing and spending some downtime.
That way, you and your grandkids can regain the energy that you need to enjoy your vacation.
Capture vacation memories
Going on a vacation with your grandkids is a fantastic chance to spend time with them. Once you’re all back, it might be harder to spend quality time with them. Therefore, taking a lot of photos can help you capture these memories.
Don’t be too particular with how you want everyone to look. Keep it natural and don’t pressure everyone to pose for the camera if your grandkids don’t want to. What’s important is that they’re in photos.
Capturing these vacation memories will give you something to look back on once the vacation is over.
Relax and Enjoy Your Trip with Your Grandchildren!
Now that you are ready for your upcoming trip with your grandchildren, there’s only one last thing you can do. That is to relax and enjoy your trip with your grandchildren!
Once you reach your destination, you should wind down and loosen those muscles and start having a blast with your grandkids.
After all, this trip is for you and your grandkids to bond. Talk, laugh, and have some fun and enjoy your trip!
This guest post was graciously provided by Geraldine Mills. Geraldine has a self-confessed wanderlust, with a passion not only for traveling but also for sharing her travel experiences and tips as a writer.