Children can be a handful on regular days with their boundless energy and shifting moods—how much more when they are traveling abroad? Any irregularities with sleeping patterns, eating habits, and attention can put a damper on the vacation. Do not forget that the trip is meant to be enjoyable for everyone!
When traveling with your children, especially for the first time; there are things you should remember:
Clothing and accessories
There are two factors of your Israel trip that can affect your clothing decisions. The first is that their popular tourist sites are also religious ones; this means no exposed arms and legs (at the very least keep the hemlines modest). Pack two or three pants and coverups like shawls or jackets. The second factor is the climate. Over half of the total land mass in Israel is comprised of desert. Keep the fabric of the clothes light and breathable like cotton or jersey. Bring hats for the sun and have towels on hand for the sweat.
Instead of keeping everything in one diaper bag or tote, let your children carry a small backpack. At the very least, allow them to carry a water bottle or jug. It encourages them to rehydrate when they feel thirsty, instead of asking or waiting for an opportunity to drink. For children who cannot carry a water bottle, you can make them bring their change of clothes for when they sweat too much. You can also add small snacks in case they get hungry, and a journal to document the trip on their way.
Your own backpack should hold any emergency items like medicine and band-aids. Have a camera, with extra batteries on hand or a well-charged phone for family photos.
Plan as much as you can before the actual trip. Look for vacation rentals in Israel with www.bnbkosher.com. They have holiday apartments in Tel Aviv and short-term rentals in Jerusalem, both cities are hotspots for tourists. Being in a rental gives you more privacy. It also keeps your children in your immediate view, instead of a hotel that has elevators to other floors and a lobby where your children can wander.
When planning for the places you want to visit, have light days where you visit the sights for half a day and roam around for the other half. The breaks in between big tours like visiting the Old City of Jerusalem and the Dead Sea can give your children the time to bounce back. It presents an opportunity for you to see more of the city or regroup, depending on your state.
Backup games and activities
During dull moments in the trip, children can get irritated with having nothing to do. A phone with multiple child-friendly games or music can be a way to distract them from the wait. You can also opt to play games with them like “I spy” or any variation of road trip games.
These tips do not make children magically behave and calm down, but they do prevent a slew of problems that can happen when their needs are not met. Being prepared gives you more time to bond and enjoy the sights and sounds of Israel.
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