Moving Internationally With Children? 3 Tips for Reducing Stress

Posted on: 20 January 2017

An international move offers the rare opportunity to experience the culture of another part of the world as a resident, instead of a tourist. While a fascinating undertaking, it can also be somewhat of a scary or stressful experience for your children. As a parent, there are some things you can do to make them more comfortable and make the transition a better one for the entire family. 

Learn About the Culture

Particularly if you have an adolescent child, the fear of the unknown is often the greatest source of stress. Will I fit in at my new school? Will I make any friends? These are common questions on the minds of children in this age range.

Learning about the culture can be beneficial because it offers them an opportunity to get a glimpse of what life is like in the area. When looking for materials, look for a combination of videos and books that are geared towards children of their age as these materials will better focus on their specific needs.

Plan an Activity

Depending on your location, it can easily take a day or more of travel to reach your final destination. If you have school-age children, this can cause them to become quite antsy and frustrated. Consider planning an activity that the family can participate in during every layover.

For instance, if your child is old enough to handle a camera, have them take pictures at every stop and collect them for a scrapbook. If your child likes to collect items, buy something at each stop so that you can collect some of the area's currency, which can also be used for a scrapbook.

Prepare Electronics

Especially for a younger child, in the moment of a meltdown, game play or story time on a tablet can save the day. Not only do you want to ensure you are packing these items in your carry-on luggage, but make sure you're also packing compatible converters and adapters for the unit.

Since these devices vary from country-to-country, research your destination to see what type of converter is necessary beforehand. In terms of airport travel, many, large international airports have universal charging stations that allow you to charge your device regardless of its voltage style.

Let a trusted, professional moving company like Hollander Storage & Moving handle all the logistics of your move so that you can focus your attention on keeping your family happy and prepared for your new unique experience.