My children are great little travelers, and they know the routine pretty well, but being organized is key when travelling with children. I have a standing list of what to bring that I update after every trip to ensure that we only carry what we need and travel light. My son is ALWAYS hungry and I am not a big fan of airport snacks, so we make sure to pack a lot of healthy snacks, and we bring lots of books, kindles, little games and an iPad for old movies that keep everyone entertained. I like for each child to bring a journal to write their experiences in, and to make drawings and place pictures they’ve taken along the way.
Having three children means that my husband and I are always two hands short; so, I like to carry a backpack, so that my hands are free for my children and so I can carry all of our necessities, such as our cashmere wraps for chilly airplane rides. We are typically casual during the day, especially when in transit, but in the evening everybody will get a little dressed up for our family dinners.
Recently, our family took a trip to the Galapagos Islands. It was truly a life experience and an amazing vacation with the children. We felt like we were on another planet, or a movie set. The marine life and birds were amazing and so tame, and the landscapes were diverse and ever-changing. My children speak fluent Spanish (my husband and I do not), so we had them translate for us and take the lead instead of just following us. Independence and feeling comfortable in new countries is the essence to enjoying travel, and we want to instill that.
We try to disconnect when we travel and just sink into our adventure and experience every moment to the most. I think it is important to teach children to stop and appreciate all the moments around them. We live in such a fast world that it is important not to lose site of the “now” and the special experiences we have.