How to Travel to Turks and Caicos With Young Kids
You’ve been thinking about this vacation for months. Every detail has been planned. However, traveling with children can be a bit like herding cats. You never know where they’ll go or what they may do. Here are some tips to keep in mind when you travel to Turks and Caicos with toddlers or young children. Keep things running smoothly and you won’t arrive at your destination completely stressed out.
Although you’ve already gotten the airline tickets, booked the hotel, and packed your bikini, you need to plan ahead in other ways when traveling with young kids. Pack an extra carry-on bag with hand sanitizer, wipes, pull-ups, snacks, a few toys, and an extra set of clothes. Toy suggestions are items such as handheld puzzles, small coloring books, stickers, matchbook cars, and a deck of cards (perfect for number and matching games). Add other items specific to your child like medicines, a favorite blanket, most beloved stuffed animal, etc. By the way, during takeoff, have your child either drink out of a sippy cup or bottle. Sucking and swallowing keep tiny ears from getting plugged.
Avoid Sweet Snacks
It’s important to bring snacks along for two reasons: 1) You may not have time to grab a meal at the airport between flights, and 2) some flights only offer peanuts or crackers. When young children get hungry, they often have meltdowns (and who wants that?). However, resist the temptation to give them sweets such as cookies, M&Ms, etc. Bring along a mixture of savory, healthy, filling snacks like bread sticks, pretzels, cheese cubes, sliced fruit, goldfish crackers, or Cheerios – anything to avoid arriving in Turks and Caicos in the middle of a sugar crash.
Take Your Time
Little ones hate to be rushed. The minute you push them, they throw a tantrum. The most important thing to take – while at the airport, in the plane, or walking to the beach – is your time. Children love to explore and don’t care about time constraints. The entire family is more likely to keep their cool if you factor in the wandering, dawdling, stalling, and bathroom stops into your time line. If you think it’ll take a half hour to get somewhere, plan on a full hour or more!
Give Them a Camera
Find a child-friendly, disposable camera and give one to each child. It’ll encourage them to look around at their surroundings and focus on what’s interesting to them. You might be pleasantly surprised at their photos and it will keep them occupied for a long time.
Once You Arrive
You remembered the extra set of clothes in the carry-on, right? Now’s the time to trade your child’s long pants, shoes, and socks for shorts and sandals. Turks and Caicos is always warm, and your child will behave better if he feels comfortable.
On the first day, give everyone some time to just rest and relax. Traveling can be exhausting, especially if you had to get up at dawn or there is a significant time change. Don’t plan on doing much except hanging out. For the rest of your stay, however, there are beaches to play on, water to swim in, boats to ride, and shops to explore!
Planning a vacation to Turks and Caicos? Be sure that everything goes smoothly by contacting Tint Turks and Caicos. We can make reservations, offer excursion suggestions, and more, to make your time here a slice of heaven.