How to (Enjoy) Traveling With Kids

 

Last summer, you had a brilliant idea.

“Let’s travel to Israel with our entire family for Pesach.”

You could picture the awe on your teenager’s face as she davened for the first time by the Kotel, the Western Wall.

The shining face of your toddler as he experienced his first camel ride in the desert, dressed as Avraham Avinu.

The excitement your ten years old would soak up, as she walked through the Jerusalem Shuk Erev Shabbat.

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Book the tickets!

Kol Hakavod (that is what we say here in Israel)!

 

Congratulations, that was an awesome decision.  Traveling abroad creates a lifetime of memories for children as they familiarize themselves with new sights, fresh experiences, exotic foods and of course much-needed quality family time.

 

Nonetheless travel delays, together with jetlagged, bored, overtired and cranky children can make traveling with children a challenge.

 

Kosher Travelers are here to help!

 

Throughout our years as parents traveling with our own children and as professional travel operators, we have discovered the highs and lows of travel.

Insider tips for traveling with kids and enjoying it!

Here is what we learned as Kosher Travelers:

  1. Be Realistic

Traveling single or as a couple, is a completely different experience than traveling with small children and or a family.

Your kids will not think the 45-minute walk home from the Kotel, through the streets of Jerusalem is magical. (But we know it is 🙂 )

Keep in mind, that your ultimate goal is to create an enjoyable and stress-free experience for everyone.

2. Book Accommodations

 

Choose your accommodations wisely.

 

What are your priorities?

 

Location?

 

Size?

 

Comfort?

 

What are amenities at the hotel “must haves” for your family?

 

You will enjoy the free breakfasts, housekeeping service, and lobby. (no cleaning up and doing dishes for you)

 

Your kids will love free wifi, space to kick around a ball outside,  a pool, a game room and a kids club.

 

Hotels and their facilities make your family travel trip so much more enjoyable.

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3. I’m Bored - planning the perfect itinerary

Now, that you have secured your accommodations, begin planning your trip.

 

A good place to start your research is on the internet.

 

Different travel websites can help you structure the basics of your itinerary.

Plan Your Trip.

 

Once you have a basic itinerary planned, social media can be helpful.

 

You can ask for referrals, opinions, and questions on various social media travel groups.

 

The two groups we suggest are;

Love Love Israel: Tried and Tested and Travel the World With Your Kids.

4. Local Tour Guides

Local tour guides have vast experience in helping tourists plan itineraries. They can help you personalize your schedule meeting your specific needs.

 

5. The Free Stuff

Many things to see and enjoy are absolutely free. See a street fair, concert, or cultural event.

 

Catch a magnificent sunset, take a walk or bike ride, play in the park, swim at the beach or lake, climb a mountain.

 

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6. Empower Your Kids

Get your kids involved! Encourage your kids ages five and older to participate in the planning.

 

Practice speaking Hebrew with them.

 

Do they know how to count? Echad, Shtayim, Shalosh

 

How to say “Please and Thank you”? Bevakasha and Todah

 

And “where is the bathroom?” Eifhoh Hashirutim?

 

7. What’s In Your Bag

 

There is a limit to what you can pack. Using a list will help you avoid overweight charges and heavy uncomfortable luggage.

8. Emergency Plan

Before traveling, set up a family emergency plan.

In case a child gets lost, some families have found it helpful to add a GPS app to their smartphones (Live360).

9.  Pictures

We love the idea of buying kids a journal and a (cheap) digital camera or their smartphones.

If you are on Instagram - Don’t forget to tag your pictures with #WeTravelKosher.

Then once at home and everyone is well rested, create a digital album or scrapbook.

10. Meet the Locals

The local park is a perfect open space for your kids to run around.

As a bonus, you can meet local parents that can help tweak your itinerary or at least point you in the direction of a kid-friendly restaurant.

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Enjoy!

Last summer, you made an awesome decision.

 

You are embarking on an unbelievable adventure.

 

Traveling with your children creates lasting memories for your entire family.

 

 

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WISHING YOU AN YOUR FAMILY A CHAG KASHER V’SAMEACH!

Share your travel adventures with us! #wetravelkosher

 

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Tuesday Travel Tips: Croatia

Have you ever traveled to Croatia?

Some Kosher Travelers will be headed for Pesach to the Bellevue – one of Croatia’s most luxurious hotels.

Travel Tips: Croatia

After being treated to a Glatt Kosher LeMehadrin gastronomic experience by the culinary genius Chef Avi Steinmetz. – under the supervision of Rabbi Nahmia Rotenberg shlit’a – Vienna.

Our Kosher Travelers often spend their days as tourists in Croatia.

Here are some of our favorite destinations.

1. Old City Tours

Thanks to the preservation of history, unique lifestyle and impressive museum, a tourist hotspot is the island’s ancient villages.

2. Jeep Tours

Challenging and especially fun Jeep trips from mountaintops 598m above sea level, overlooking the Adriatic Sea and Losinj and other islands’ landscapes.

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3. Day Trip to Venice

Venice – one of the world’s most popular tourist destination, built on wooden foundations constructed on 118 islands, interconnected with 400 bridges.

About 170 water canals pass through the islands, leading to sailing being the primary method of transportation in the city, making the visit an experiential and unique one!

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4. A tour of Croatian Islands

Tours in the spectacular islands of the area – we will visit ancient villages, including “Candrija Linadrik”, the picturesque fishing village “Valon”, the island “Cres” which offers a historical experience in the ancient city and a unique shopping experience!

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5. Trips in Nature

An afternoon on the Losinj Island offers a magical tour of nature.

Groups and individuals enjoy attractions including water sports, cruises, hikes, a flight in the island’s skies and more.

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Whatever You Decide

Travel to the best sites on the island and surrounding areas.

Swim laps in the outdoor or indoor pool.

Be inspired by shiurim.

Play sports.

Entertained by evening performances.

Enjoy Your Trip

#wetravelkosher

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10 Essentials on a Kosher African Safari

By: Eddie’s Kosher Travel Staff

An African Safari vacation is on the top of millions of bucket lists.

Traveling with your family on an African Safari and showing your children the wonders of wildlife is a rewarding experience.

Traveling with your family means that you must be even more organized and prepared.

Next week, David and Chana Walles are traveling with their children to Africa joining Sivan Ya’ari and Innovation: Africa. Innovation: Africa proudly applies Israeli solar technologies to bring clean water and electricity to rural African villages.

Following the mission, the Walles family, will be experiencing first hand a Kosher African Safari.

What’s In Your Bag?

Chana, a seasoned traveler, swears by packing lists.

“Over the years, I have forgotten essentials at home.

Frustrating.

I created a set of packing lists that I now use whenever I pack.

Frustration eliminated.

Now, my luggage and handbags are organized and I am ready to relax on vacation.”

Here is Chana’s list of the ten most important things you need to pack in your handbag on an African Safari.

Chana’s Packing List

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10. #wetravelkosher

Even if you are traveling with a kosher tour like the Walles family, always remember, to pack kosher snacks in your bag.

It can be a challenge to find kosher food along the way. You will be so happy to pass your kids a granola bar or snack or some almonds.

Carry your Tefillat Haderech card along with a pocket siddur and proud Israeli citizens always travel with our Israeli flag.

Here you can find the Prayer for Travelers Tefillat Haderech.

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9. Glasses

You will be outdoors for much of the time, so make sure you have a strong pair sunglasses.

If you wear prescription glasses, be sure to pack more than one set (in case you lose one or they get broken).

Safarieyewear has a great selection of sunglasses.

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8. Hand Sanitizers and Wipes

Trust us - you will be covered in dirt.

The Safari vehicles are usually open (windows and roof). Be prepared to be exposed to a cloud of dust during your trip.

You will get dirty - enjoy it!

Be prepared with wipes or hand sanitizers to easily freshen up before a meal.

Your kids may like the Bath and Body Works Pocketbac Antibacterial Sanitizers Safari Animals.

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Elephant spraying zebras with water to keep them away from waterhole

#7 Emergency Kit

Bandaids and gauze
Sunscreen (to reapply)
Tissues
Eye drops
Lip balm
Insect repellent/mosquito net/sting reliever
Hydrocortisone cream/antibacterial ointment
Muscle rub or anti-inflammatory cream
Brush, comb, clips and tie-bands for long hair and an extra one for your friend that forgot theirs.

Store your emergency items in this leopard print fashionable kit.

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6. Medications

Before traveling read the CCD - Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s
Health Information for Travelers to South Africa Traveler.

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5. Light Raincoat or Poncho

Are you planning on gorilla and chimp trekking?
You will most probably encounter rain.

Chana recommends the Mac in a Sac.

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4. Electronics

What's In Your Bag?/ African Safari

What's In Your Bag?/ African Safari

Camera and Video Equipment

Africa is a dream destination for photographers both pros and rookies. Beautiful landscapes, outstanding light, sensational wildlife make Africa so photographic.

Don’t miss out. Buy a camera, if you don’t already have one.

Which camera should you take on a safari? Check out the options at B&H Photo

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#3 Binoculars

Most people will remember to take their camera and/or video but many people forget to pack binoculars.

Binoculars are ESSENTIAL for optimum wildlife viewing on safari. A good pair of binoculars will make a big difference to your safari.

Try to find binoculars with at least 8x or 10x magnification.

Your kids will love the Carson MicroMini 20x Pocket Microscope (Safari Green).

#2 Flashlights

It is a good idea to bring your own flashlight or two.

Flashlights can lead you back to your tent in the middle of the pitch black night.

A rechargeable flashlight is ideal but a small battery-powered torch is sufficient. The new LED miners lights fits right on your head and frees up your hands.

A smaller flashlight for emergencies or looking at star maps is also worth considering.

A great option to consider is Kohree LED Miner Head Light Headlight

#1 Important Documents

Always carry a copy of your e-tickets, passport, itinerary, travel insurance and other travel related documents.

A great inexpensive passport holder that will keep your cash and documents safe is the Venture 4th Travel Neck Pouch Neck Wallet with RFID Blocking.

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African lions resting in the grass

Are You Ready?

Double check your flights. Confirm your hotel reservations. Pack your luggage.

Don’t forget to carefully consider the essential items that you need to carry in your hand bag.

Have an amazing experience with your family on your Kosher African Safari.

Bonus Tip: Pack Non- Electrical Entertainment Items

Most of the day is spent on long rides. Don't rely on electricity.

Make sure you are prepared.

Take along playing cards, good books and your travel diary.

We recommend that you and your children chronicle your adventures in a travel journal.

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Game drive. Safari car on game drive with animals around, Ngorongoro crater in Tanzania.

Tell other Kosher Travelers about your African Safari experience tag your pictures #wetravelkosher.

So, what’s in your bag? Comment below.

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Packing Tips Your Mother Never Told You: Delicate Items

Kosher Travel Luxe Suitcase

Protecting your stuff can be glamorous, too

By Chana Walles, Operations Manager at Eddie’s Kosher Travel
[and highly experienced traveling mom]

If you're one of those people who think there's no way of protecting your stuff from getting ruined during travel, think again. Here are a few simple rules to keep everything in top shape: (more…)

Packing Tips Your Mother Never Told You: How to Fit Everything Into the Suitcase

Orderly Suitcase

Orderly suitcase for a worry-free vacation

By Chana Walles, Operations Manager at Eddie’s Kosher Travel
[and highly experienced traveling mom]

Wondering how you can possibly fit all your stuff into that suitcase? Use these tricks of the trade: (more…)

The Comprehensive Packing List

Independent Traveler

Do you feel like you forget something every time you pack for a trip? Get organized with our over-sized packing list! We've brainstormed a list of over 100 commonly packed items and separated them into categories, ranging from personal items to outdoor gear. Check it out!

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The Worst Thing We've Forgotten to Pack

Independent Traveler

As frequent travelers, we at IndependentTraveler.com like to think of ourselves as expert packers … but even experts make mistakes. As our special Packing Week continues, we’re taking a look at all those important little things that somehow didn’t make it into our bags.

My own personal bugaboo is sleepwear. I’ve accidentally left my pajama pants at home on a couple of trips, and discovered that sleeping in jeans is just not fun. But I’ve learned my lesson; these days, pajamas are the first thing I check off on my packing list.

Of course, I’m not alone in my forgetfulness. Below are stories from six other IndependentTraveler.com staffers who left home without some vital item — or, in one case, whose luggage left without her! Read, laugh and share your own packing story in the comments. (more…)

Packing Tips Your Mother Never Told You: The Right Way to Pack Shoes

Packing Shoes

Packing Shoes

By Chana Walles, Operations Manager at Eddie’s Kosher Travel
[and highly experienced traveling mom]

Pretty shoes getting squished in the suitcase? Here's how you preserve the shape of your shoes AND conserve valuable space in your suitcase: pack your socks inside your shoes.  For narrow, pointy shoes, roll one sock into the toe area.

Wrap the shoes in a small, lightweight plastic or cloth bag to protect the rest of your things from getting dirty.

Lay shoes in the suitcase as they are packed in the shoebox (heel to toe) for best space management.

For an ingenious and easy-to-pack pair of shoes, try these shoes from Timberland that zip completely into themselves.

Timberland Radler Trail Camp Shoes

Timberland Radler Trail Camp Shoes

No matter what shoes you take, make sure they’re broken-in long before you leave home. The last thing you want to worry about is tending to blisters while you’re trying to enjoy the vacation you’ve been waiting for all year long!

Check back often for more packing tips your mother never told you.
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Packing Tips Your Mother Never Told You: Important Documents

Lighten Your Load

Lighten Your Load

By Chana Walles, Operations Manager at Eddie's Kosher Travel
[and highly experienced traveling mom]

Here's a bright idea many people wish they'd heard before it was too late: Empty your wallet and hand bag (pocket book) of any membership cards, credit cards, vouchers etc. that you will not be using on your trip. This way, if your wallet is lost or stolen, you will have fewer cards to replace.

Keep a copy of all your credit cards and passports in a seperate place with you when you travel and another copy with a close friend or relative back home. This way, in the event of theft or loss it will be easier to handle cancellations and arrange replacements. See? So easy but so helpful.

Check back often for more packing tips your mother never told you.
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