It is the festive season and as a tradition, the world is overly excited about festivity. Despite the Covid-19 pandemic, majority of town-based people especially in Kenya will troop to the village and other vacation destinations from now up to the new year.
Majority of people will plan their travel on different days and that many are expected to get on the road between now and the new year.
As expected, traveling comes with a lot of planning and adjustment especially if you have kids. For moms, traveling can be taxing as one plans the means of transport to use, what to carry on the road, what time to leave and even clothes to wear.
Traditionally, moms bear the burden of planning and come with a lot of duties. For most moms, it is easy to undertake parenting duties in the comfort of their own homes as compared to parenting on the road and in new spaces.
However, as we travel across this festive season up to the new year these are the travel tips to think about.
- Plan ahead: Plan at least two weeks in advance for your journey. By planning, we mean, what mode of transport to use based on your budget. Planning means ensuring that the vehicle is in shape and if one has to hire then one must ensure that that is sorted early enough.
- Sort your vaccination and Covid-19 test: With the Covid-19 pandemic, you should get vaccinated together with your family. You must also ensure that you also get tested for Covid-19 to eliminate any chance of infecting other people you will come into contact with.
- Leave early: Traffic congestion is expected, and you should leave early to avoid traffic gridlock. By leaving early, one can cater for any eventuality such as breakdowns and unexpected emergencies. Leaving early will help you arrive on time and have enough time to do other activities along the way such as site seeing
- Pack food: If you have a baby, you cannot buy food along the way and it is therefore advisable that you pack baby food with you. For the rest of the family, you can opt to carry some light snacks especially if the journey is long.
5. Carry your entertainment gadgets. This includes your phone for traffic updates and which routes to use to beat traffic. This also includes gadgets such as tablets to keep your kids busy along the way with games, cartoons and movies.
6. Plan for stopovers: Traveling with babies can be a source of anxiety for many parents due to boredom and tiredness. It is advisable as you crisscross the country that you get time to stop and site see and also recharge.
7. Pack light but enough: While traveling, many are tempted to pack heavy and end up having many and bulky luggage. Some vital items are vital that you must pack to help you on the way include diapers and wipes. You can purchase at the comfort of your house via MYDAWA anytime before you leave. Even as you travel, and you run short of these items, you can still order via MYDAWA and it will be delivered across the country within 24 hours.
8. Don’t forget yourself: As a mom, many are tempted to forget themselves and the holiday ends up being about the kids and other family members. As you plan activities on your itinerary, ensure you have activities and items that will also benefit you.
9. Reduce your expectations. Traveling away from home means that you are not in control of many things like you would be at home. For example, if you are traveling to the village, the amenities will be different, the way of life is different and you will be required to adjust. In addition, you will be expected to know that things will not go your way and therefore you have to prepare yourself psychologically. If you are on a vacation somewhere maybe at the Coast, remember food will be different and you will never have it all.
Finally, as you travel across the country enjoy your vacation and may the new year be full of good tidings.0