One of the biggest challenge every parent has to take while traveling is their kids being picky about what they eat. It can be frustrating especially when you’re inside the plane and you let your kids eat some fruits, and they suddenly burst out because they want to eat some fast food instead.
Situations like that is part of parenting and it’s our job to let kids know the importance of eating healthy food. But at the end of the day, they are still kids, and they’ll eventually laugh about it when they get older. But for now, let’s talk about how to deal with their picky eating habits while traveling. Here are nine tips down below on how to deal with it.
Let Them Eat What They Like
- Tasting exotic foods is probably the best part when traveling. But what if your kids want to stick to their burgers and fries instead? You know what? Let them be. There’s no point on forcing them to eat those fried scorpions unless they really want to try it out. Remember, you’re on a vacation, don’t stress yourself out to your kids not wanting to eat those exotic foods the locals have prepared.
Get a Good Breakfast
- Breakfast is probably the easiest meal of the day to deal with when traveling with a picky eater. Opt for toast, cereal, bagels, or pancakes and let your kids eat those to their heart’s content. Letting them eat a delicious breakfast will make them full for long throughout the day, which means less hassle to deal with.
Research Your Destination
- While still at home, it’s advisable to research your destination and what kind of foods they offer and see if it suits your kids. This also gives you a chance to know how their food is cooked especially street foods. Give your child some probiotics to help strengthen their gut while traveling. In case something happens, travel insurance will cover that up so don’t forget to opt for one.
- It’s important to have a backup plan when you’re traveling with a fussy eater. So before flying, make sure that you packed your kids favorite meals and snacks. So whenever your kid will ask for food while traveling, you can just grab the pack and give them something to eat.
Pack Your Own Plane Food
- It’s going to be a long flight for everyone especially if you have a hungry child, and we never know what kind of food they will serve inside the plane. In case of emergency, pack some homemade meals that your kids will surely love to eat.
- It only takes a little encouragement to let them try new and exotic food. You don’t have to let them finish the whole plate, a single bite is enough to let them know how it tastes like. If they love it, then they will surely finish the whole thing. If they don’t, then why bother?
Check The Menu Before Ordering
- Before ordering out when dining in a restaurant, take time to check the menu first and see if they have any child-friendly food options. You can also use the TripAdvisor or Yelp app on your smartphone to check out which restaurants are family friendly. If a restaurant doesn’t have a kid’s menu, check the appetizer section, they have lots of meals there that your kids will enjoy.
The “No Dessert Until” Rule
- Of course, the best way to let your kids eat what’s in front of them is to use the “no dessert until” rule. You’re on a vacation, and there will be lots of food temptations lying around every corner especially sweets. Your kids are surely eyeing for them, but don’t let them take over you. Always teach them some good eating practices first. Let them eat those fruit and veggies on their plate before giving them that deliciously looking ice cream.
Let Them Eat Something Before Bed
- The best way to end the day is to let your fussy eating kid have something to eat before bed. Letting your kids have a full stomach before sleeping will ensure that they’ll have a good night sleep and better morning for tomorrow. Traveling is exhausting and it’s important to give them foods before bed to regain the energy they lost throughout the day.