Tips for traveling with kids
Abby recently moved from one country to another with a baby! Kudos to her, seriously! What she offers is incredibly useful advice on how to move or traveling with kids in tow. Perfect advice for this busy holiday season we’re coming up on. You’ll find my commentary there, bolded, next to hers 🙂 Enjoy!
The moving experience taught me a lot about moving with a baby in tow.
1. Make sure you know all the emergency numbers available. Police, ambulance, fire, etc. Of course, you pray you never have the need to call any of those numbers but it’s good to know them all the same. So much yes to this! Also be aware of your surroundings, the worst thing is being able to call but not being able to give emergency services your location.
2. Moving to a country where you can’t communicate easily due to language barrier means that you need to at least be able to say a few basic sentences or words that will get you understood if you need help and quick! Help in the grocery store, post office or the train station. Thank God for Google Translate! It’s saved me from doing so much unnecessary guess work in stores here! That’s because short of “Good morning”, “Excuse Me” and “Can you speak English?” (which must be exceedingly annoying for any German to hear), I can’t say much else!
3. We used a luggage shipping company to transport the bulk of our things to Germany a few days before we arrived. This was an excellent decision because I don’t know how we would ever have coped with the amount of luggage we would have had otherwise. If we had to do it again though, and for the sake of my husband’s back, I’d say we should absolutely have used professional movers to help us make sure the house was fully emptied and packed up in one go and move our stuff into storage for us.
4. Do a lot of research into the cultural differences between your country of origin and the country you’re moving to. Germany and the U.K. are both European and you would expect that there wouldn’t be that big of a difference but as I’ve explained in a recent post, the cultural change has hit us in a big way. Particularly in interactions in spaces like hospitals and supermarkets.
5. Stock up on the essentials. Try to figure out what essentials you will need in the next few months that you might not be able to get where you’re moving. For us, it was specific foods that our little girls loves. Thanks to staying here in Germany for a while previously, I knew it would be next to impossible to get them here so we bought a load of them. Eventually when we run out, we’ll most likely get family to shipped some more over. Literal genius idea here. When we went to Texas for there summer, I had a hard time finding our dogs’ food and didn’t think to stock up before going out there.
My advice to anyone making a big move with babies or toddlers is simply to resolve to get as much as you can in the month before the move and then to RELAX a couple of days before the actual move. Yes. Relax. Whether everything is done or not. Breathe. Know that life will go on and the child(ren) will be fine either way.