Getting away with the family is never easy, especially when the children are young. But knowing how to be prepared, so that the trip can go as smoothly as possible will go a long way towards creating a lifetime of memories.
Below, are a few tips to help plan for and make your family travel a little less overwhelming.
GIVE YOURSELF PLENTY OF TIME:
Everything takes longer with children. It’s going to take longer to pack, get out the door and reach your destination. Remain patient. If you’re flying, get to the airport early and leave plenty of time for things to go wrong. You don’t want to miss your flight because of an extra potty stop or being stuck trying to get your child’s stroller or bottle through security.
Giving yourself plenty of time will help you and your family stay relaxed, no matter what gets thrown at you.
DON’T FORGET THE SNACKS:
A hungry child can turn a fun family trip into a miserable one in just minutes. Whether you’re driving or flying, there may be extended gaps between meals, so having nutritious snacks available is always a good idea.
This is especially important if you’re flying. If you travel with two or more children, it’s a pretty good bet that you’ll end up carrying at least one of them and no one wants to do that, while also dragging 100 lbs. of luggage.
Keep your packing simple and avoid the frustration and sore arms. Bring familiar items and keep your routine consistent. If you find that you’re missing an item or two, you can always buy it at your destination.
ACCEPT THAT SOMETHING WILL GO WRONG:
Be flexible and remember that no family vacation will go as planned. There are going to be extra bathroom stops, spills to clean up, temper tantrums and you may even leave something behind. You won’t be able to avoid these situations so take a deep breath, remain calm and accept the inevitable. You’ll be less stressed when any of this occurs.
Long travel time breeds boredom and a little old-fashion fun can make the time go by a little faster. If your kids are captivated by games, you may even get some peace to enjoy on your own.
Remember, that if you do bring electronic devices there may be inappropriate times to use them on flights or while waiting in lines.