Having a relaxing vacation is a joy to experience. Traveling with the family is always a fun activity. You may have planned the trip really well or have packed all the essential stuff needed but, having kids with you may result in some very unexpected situations or holdups. It is very difficult to handle challenging situations when you’re away from home, away from your comfort zone.
Wherever you plan to go, here are 10 tips that may help you achieve that relaxing vacation with your kids:
Plan the trip ahead and plan it well
There are a lot of travel ideas and packages available to choose from. Make sure that you consider your limitations as well as your kids’ limitations when choosing your travel destination. Book transportation and accommodation ahead of time. Not only will you be able to get great deals but also eliminate the idea of being stuck nowhere or not have any room for a comfortable sleep.
Make sure that you have enough sleep so you have the energy while traveling. Plan your travel timeline well. Kids will always want to walk around and see new things and rushing them might just spoil the fun or change their moods.
Keep the activities coming
Kids can easily be bored while traveling and may also not get some sleep while on a bus, train, car or plane. Make sure that you have packed enough materials to keep them busy. You can have Rubik’s cube, Lego pieces, comics, magazines, coloring books, jigsaw puzzles, word hunt or crossword puzzles. You may also want them to look at the leaflet or brochure of your travel destination or the hotel, something that they can be excited about.
As you want to have a relaxing vacation with fun and exciting activities, make sure you also prepare games for the family to enjoy together. This is a great bonding session. You may have the games during free time. Make sure you also pack prizes for the winners.
Every mom has this instinct of expecting the works. You may be at a very unfamiliar place and It is always best to be ready for any first aid remedy when the situation calls for it. There might not be a clinic or drugstore nearby. Make sure that you have pain reliever, allergy meds, vitamins, alcohol, antiseptic, lozenges and other things you can think of to make sure that you have them handy.
Don’t let your kids pack their own bags unsupervised
Kids may want to pack their stuff as they might be wanting to bring things while they are away from home. Make sure that your kids are aware of the destination and what they need to bring. Double check the things they have prepared before stuffing them in the bag to make sure that they are not forgetting any especially clothes.
Keep Bugs at Bay
You may be on a camping trip or just staying in a hotel. Always make sure that you bring bug spray or insect repellent with you. You do not want your kids to be bitten by mosquitoes or any other insect. You do not want them irritated throughout your vacation. You may also want to pack hand sanitizers and wipes to make sure that their hands are always clean. You can also take with you a sort of healing balm or anti-itch lotion in case your kid has already been bitten or may just have an irritation.
You may want to check the current weather at your destination. Making sure that you and your kids have weather appropriate clothes will prevent any discomfort during the vacation. You do not want to be taking winter jackets if you plan to go to the beach. Make sure that you also have an extra for each piece of clothing in case needed.
Give your Child a Camera
We always want to capture every moment of a great vacation. You kids may want to take pictures of whatever they see around that interest or fascinate them. You may also want them to have their own scrapbook to document your vacation.
Make sure you bring enough food
Pack enough healthy snacks and make sure that you put them on individual serving containers. This way, you minimize mess or spillage in your car caused by passing food around. Do not bring too many chips as this may cause stomach upset and unwanted bathroom visits for your child. Minimize sugary foods or treats. You do not want your kids to be in a sugar rush in an unfamiliar place. You may also want to stack on trash bags as trash bins may not be available at any corner of the street.
A well-prepared vacation will surely be a relaxing vacation for you and your family. But before you head out, if you are bringing your own vehicle, make sure you had it. Make sure that you keep your house safe and secure while you are away. You don’t want to be worrying about anything while on a vacation.