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Need tips for traveling with your family? Kendra Thornton has amazing tips on how to make traveling with little ones easier and more comfortable for everyone involved! Check out this guest post from Kendra and start planning your next trip with your amazing family.
Kendra is a full time wife and mother of 3! After traveling to 28 countries on 6 continents, she has been quoted in the news about seasonal travel trends and destinations all over the United States. She resides with her family in Chicago.
Creating a Recipe for Travel Success
With summer winding down and school soon to be back in session, there is no time better than now to take a family vacation. Seize the opportunity during the last few weeks of summer for family bonding, but don’t head out without a plan, though! Take these tips into consideration to help avoid the easy pitfalls of a vacation.
Tip 1: Comfortable Traveling
When heading out for a long car trip, make sure you take the time to make kids and babies comfortable. Bring a few pillows and blankets from their beds for the car ride. If you have young ones that still nap regularly, invest in car window shades to block the sunlight and help them sleep easy in the back. Also, bring things like a favorite toy, snacks, drinks, and a change of clothes (in case of a spill). All of this will help make the hours of travel go by much easier for your children.
Tip 2: Learning A New Hobby
Teach your kids a fun, educational new hobby this vacation in photography! Before leaving, provide your young ones with their own disposable camera to take pictures with throughout the trip. They will love the autonomy of being able to choose what to photograph and it will help inspire their creativity. Also, be sure to bring your camera and extra batteries and/or a charger for it! Once you’ve returned home, get the kid’s photos developed and scrapbook them together as a family!
Tip 3: Choosing a Hotel
Picking a hotel is different with kids in the picture. Make sure to thoroughly research the options before selecting where your family will stay. Consider whether there will be a pool for the kids to swim in and a kid’s menu at the hotel’s restaurant. When traveling, it is important to check out user reviews and not just the hotel’s own website. This will give you a much more accurate interpretation of the stay. I used the site Gogobot when my family traveled to Orlando, and I was able to find a list of family-friendly resorts to choose from. Think about what amenities might be best for you. Ask about a fridge and microwave in the room — heating up leftovers is a handy trick to save money on a meal. Check on whether the hotel has high chairs and cribs available.
Tip 4: Pack Smart
A well-packed suitcase can be the difference between sanity and insanity on a family vacation. Use an app like Packing Pro to keep you organized when planning this vacation! This app allows you to create travel-friendly lists like what to pack, what to do once there, and what needs to be done before leaving. Best of all, the lists will all be right on your mobile device, so you don’t need to worry about losing them!
Tip 5: Keep the Routine
As much as possible, try to keep snack time and naptime as regular as you can during vacation. On travel days in particular, maintaining the routine can help prevent against grumpy or tired kids. Once on vacation, remember that the little ones wear out much quicker and easier than the adults. Schedule breaks between activities, even if the break is something like lounging at the hotel pool for an hour or two.
I hope these tips help as you plan a late summer excursion this August! Remember to plan ahead, and enjoy your vacation!