A family vacation can be both an endless source of joy, and an endless source of frustration. If you've ever traveled with your kids you know what we're talking about! Still, there are ways to avoid the latter and actually enjoy your trip. By being prepared and organized, you'll be able to enjoy your time away from home and return relaxed and refreshed. Before you start packing your bags, here are some tips and tricks that will help you have a wonderful and carefree trip with your loved ones.
Are you and your partner swamped with work obligations? Has one of the kids come down with the flu? It may be better to travel another time. There's nothing worse than being in a hotel room with a sick kid or a cranky family member! Take care of all outstanding bills, work projects, homework and house chores before your trip. This way you can have fun without worry about things back at home! Making a to-do list can help you figure out what your priorities are.
If you're taking a road trip, have all your food and snacks organized before leaving. Eating in the car can shorten the duration of your trip, especially if your kids tend to get picky about their food. By packing their favorite snacks and sandwiches, you won't have to make a stop at rest stops or restaurants. If you’re traveling with a baby or a toddler, make sure to bring different types of baby food, and have some milk prepared in advance.
Staying safe should be your top priority at all times, especially if you’re traveling by car. Always make sure you have children’s seats installed, and when it comes to your vehicle, make sure you're registration and car insurance is all up to date. Depending on where you're going, you may want to consider investing in travel insurance.
Food and insurance are of utmost importance, but there are other things that should definitely be on your travel to-do list. Since family vacations tend to be unpredictable at times, having a first-aid kit with medicine, extra diapers, an additional baby blanket, band-aids and sewing gear will drastically make things easier for you. If you're traveling internationally, be sure you have all valid paperwork and make copies of all relevant documents. If they get lost and stolen, you’ll be able to prove your identity when contacting the embassy or consulate.
Children are known to be restless, mostly when they have to endure long hours in a car or waiting in line somewhere. Preparing entertainment options will make things so much easier. Besides gadgets, you can also pack their favorite toys, crayons and coloring books. Playing some fun games together such as “I spy” and singing along are great ways to keep them entertained until they get ready to fall asleep.
With these quick tips you'll be able to have a great time on your family vacation. We can't wait to hear all about it!