Family vacations can be a memorable experience. To ensure everything goes smoothly on your family vacation, here on some Top Tips for Traveling with Family.
Bring only what you need. If you have extra things, it will make lugging around your items much more difficult. Check with a hotel ahead of time to see if they have cribs on request, and some car rental companies even have car seats available. Calling beforehand may help you bring less items on your trip.
Entertainment for the Kids
Be sure to bring some toys or games to keep your kids occupied. Don’t bring any toys that are too noisy or distracting. If you are traveling by plane, make sure there are no toys with liquids in them. Play-Doh is not permitted by airport security as it is considered a potential explosive device.
Save Where You Can
Packing some convenient snacks like granola bars or trail mix can be a great quick breakfast option if you have an early morning ahead of you. Some restaurants provide complimentary kids’ meals (with the purchase of a regular meal), so it pays to do your research before you go.
Bring Your Stroller Along
Even though it is an extra item to take along with you, bringing your own stroller can save you money at certain outings. Theme parks charge up to $30 a day for a stroller rental.
Flexibility is Key
Exercising patience is crucial on a family vacation. By being flexible, this can lessen the annoyances that come with waiting in long lines, traffic, or if there are flight delays. If you plan well, you’ll be able to enjoy your time together.
Take it Slow
Traveling with your family is different than just traveling as a couple. The pace is much slower so you want to be prepared. Don’t do too many things in one day – the less on your plate, the more relaxed everyone will be. Keep in mind that you’ll need to plan for bathroom and snack breaks, and squeeze in nap time.