Whatever your children’s ages, taking them on a family vacation requires more than the usual amount of planning. Not only are there more bodies to coordinate and account for, but also more expenses unless you make plans to simplify and save.
These simple tips can help make a well-planned and memorable getaway:
Coordinate colors to make numerous outfits. Less weight will mean easier movement in the car and around airports and bus terminals. Budget for souvenir t-shirts and leave room for them in the backpack; buy them and let the kids wear them on the trip.
Pack Advil, wipes and a flashlight for emergencies. Nonperishable snacks, card or electronic games, and books will occupy time on rides, flights and wait times.
Save on meals
Book hotels that offer a free breakfast. Or, eat brunch, to avoid eating three meals a day. Take your own food, like snack bars and crackers. Pack refillable water bottles to avoid spending large amounts on expensive bottled water.
Do free stuff
Visit parks and beaches. Locate free events. Have a tickle time.
Get plenty of rest and take vitamins. Pack an extra day of any daily required medications. Pass over the junk foods and eat healthy meals. Take small travel sizes of hand sanitizer, and wash hands often, especially in airports and public restrooms.
Arrive early, expect long lines and traffic jams. Be prepared for fussy kids around nap times and mealtimes.
With younger children, pack their favorite stuffed animal, read a book and tuck them in about the same time they’re used to. Allow older children breaks from unaccustomed 24-hour togetherness.
Even if your kids are older or teenage, having a back-up plan for hunger, boredom and fatigue will make everyone’s vacation full of more pleasant memories.
Written by: Ruby Moseley, FizzNiche Staff WriterSharing is Caring!