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You may have just booked a family tour from the USA to Europe for the next vacation. Europe is a place that is endowed with extraordinary natural beauty and is home to different and vibrant landscapes. Beaches, mountains, diverse cultures and people, Europe can offer the best holiday for any family. The very idea of travelling with kids in Europe may not be appealing to some parents.

Europe is huge and very diverse which makes it great to see. France, Germany, Spain, Italy are all fantastic countries to see but they are not underrated or unknown, rather they are well known tourist destinations.

Do not worry that your Europe tour will be an expensive one. If you have booked a family tour package, then they are to be planned and enjoyed accordingly. Perhaps your kids will show you new ways to make the best of your vacation in Europe. However, knowing a few tips while travelling with kids in Europe would help you have the best possible family holiday in Europe.

Here are things to note while traveling with kids.

Tips for Traveling with Kids in Europe

Now that you have already booked your tickets, you can avoid most of the frustration and exhaustion if you keep in mind the following handy tips for travelling with kids in Europe.

1. Pack and travel light


For this to be hassle-free, ensure that one parent does the entire packing and makes the list. Packing depends on age of the kid. If you have a baby under 3 years, you will need to carry more clothes as they get soiled frequently, diaper bag, diapers, disposable covers, feeding bottles, kettle, instant foods etc. If your child has a favorite toy/book, you can pack them.

Don’t over or under-pack. Pack what is actually required. Usually plan with a 2-day buffer. What if there comes a need to extend the stay? Google the weather conditions in the destination, pack clothes accordingly. Have a note on your phone, to keep adding things as and when you remember- this way you wont miss any. For every point on your note, mention if you have to buy them. A day or two before you start, it will help you to shop quickly.

If your baby is on diapers, and you are travelling to a remote place with less availability of shops - carry more of them. If you are travelling to a city/town - carry just one pack. You can buy again once they are used up. Lessen the burden on your suitcases with unwanted stuff, and stuff that you can easily buy at your destination.

Do not make the mistake of over-packing. In many places in Europe, strollers are not welcome and so it may be better to leave the strollers at home. Ensure that all the important stuff is there (a baby carrier if you need one) and you are not at a loss when you reach your destination in Europe. Carry a list of all the items you are carrying and in which bag they are located.

2. Book your tickets with a family-friendly airlines


Book your Europe tour package from USA with an airline company that understands the need for kid-friendliness and comfort when families travel accompanied by children. From large comfortable seats to storing infant toiletries to offering nanny services in the sky, they offer a host of services.

You can even pre-order your kids' meals. They offer activity packs for the children while on the flight to keep them from bothering you. All kids get to do fun things and to say the least the vacation starts on a truly enjoyable note.

Some of the airline companies offer additional services like fixing up your accommodation, airport transfers, and sightseeing packages at very reasonable rates. This will save from all the hassles of having to do all of this on your own in a new country. Also, it is a good idea to book the entire itinerary on the same airlines as any delay in flight timings of one flight may lead you to miss the connection flight and add up to your woes of troubles.

3. Keep your documents ready


From printing your boarding passes at home before the flight, double-check that your passports are available and are valid for travel to Europe (they should be valid for six months after your trip). If by chance your spouse is not accompanying you for the trip, you must possess a letter of consent on your person. Make sure that you load a copy on a safe and secure Internet location and another set with a family member.

4. Location is of prime importance


Choosing the right location for your holiday with kids in Europe plays a large part in whether it turns out to be a success or not. Switzerland advertises child-friendly holidays for the visitors. Paris and Amsterdam, Rome and Paris offer dedicated locations for entire families. Choose destinations for your Europe tour that will make everyone happy.

Just in case you are visiting more than one country, ensure that you enjoy one place fully well before you move on to the next one. If you have the luxury of a few weeks, then it is best to enjoy a few countries. In this context, allow yourself a little more time than is needed. With kids around, unexpected events are almost sure to happen.

A 12-days’ Europe tour package would be refreshing and would allow you a little more space and time in place of a 6 days’ trip.

5. You may pack any finger foods, snacks


Kids/adults of all ages will love snacks while on a trip. If you have smaller kids, its better to carry healthy stuff like rice cakes, nuts, energy bars, sweets, crackers rather than buy junk and unhealthy stuff. Pack a lunch whenever possible. With kids around, food and drinks turn out to be huge expenses. Stock up water, fruits, breakfast items, and snacks so that you end up spending only for lunch or dinner.

6. Medicines


Pack basic medications for - fevers, cold, cough, vomiting, motions. And if your child is on any other medications - pack them too.

7. Light sightseeing


On the day you reach your destination, keep a light routine and finish off all the sleep that is due to you and others. Unpack, relax and explore local sights. Use booked tours to see the different places of tourist interest. It may not be possible for you to cover long distances on foot when the children are around.

8. Schedule time for rest


Getting exhausted and not being able to see what you wanted to can be depressing. Therefore ensure that you set aside time for unwinding and taking rest. This is for the kids too.

9. Having no control over your children in public spaces


Letting your children run, scream or play around in restaurants, cafes, etc. You will be judged harshly if you let your children be a disturbance to others. Of course, tolerance applies for new-borns and babies crying or fussing. Teeth gritted when in close quarters with hysterical toddlers. To sum up, a public space is shared. Be mindful and considerate of others’ enjoyment, space and peace.

10. Prepare in advance


Ensure that you give the children an idea about the place they are going to visit. Books and movies about France or Rome will be helpful. You can even invest in books about these places to make your Europe trip a big hit. Make sure that visits to natural history museums, aquariums, and sound and light art shows that are typical of the land are a part of the travel itinerary. Most of the museums in Europe allow free entry to children.

There are sites that keep you informed about local festivals and celebrations in different places. Going through them beforehand can help you to time your visits and ensure that they are children-friendly. Make space for enjoying everything that is offered free to families.

Endnote

Travelling with children teaches us quite a few things about new cultures and different ways to explore countries. A Europe tour with the children will surely be a fulfilling travel experience for the whole family.

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