Are you ready for your family vacation? It’s summertime, and the heat is on. Time to pack the bags, the kiddos and head out on a memorable adventure. Even with the best intentions, there are things that can make the family vacation go awry. Handling work, bills, responsibilities and the trip is a lot. Here are some tips to help keep your wits about you.
Reserve Rooms with Separate Sleeping Areas
When traveling with two or more kids, it’s easier to maintain your sanity when you book a two-bedroom suite. You might pay a little more, but it is worth it to get some rest after a long day of touring. Someone is going to have to guide the ship, and you can’t do that if you aren’t able to get any rest.
Your kids will be excited and won’t stick to their normal sleep schedules. If you want to have a drink, watch an in-room movie or read a book–separate sleeping accommodations are what you need. Many of these types of suites are only separated by a door so that you are there in the event of any emergency.
Leave Home Early
It’s much better to be early rather than late. Even if you have planned your trip down to the last detail, unexpected occurrences will happen. Don’t start your vacation worried you’ll miss your flight, train, bus or cruise.
Don’t rush and then realize you forgot a few things when it’s too late. Family vacations can be stressful, there’s no need to add to the tension by being late. Plus, you want to look cool, calm and collected in your womens’ sport sunglasses.
Have Realistic Expectations
Children will be super excited if you go to a theme park or another kid-friendly destination. They will continue to ask how long it takes to get there. At such a young age, they have not experienced much waiting or any extensive period of time. For them, even 30 minutes can seem like forever. You remember how that feels, don’t you?
Plus, once you get to the theme park, there will certainly be long lines for the most popular rides. To keep your kids from having a meltdown, set realistic expectations. Let them know that there will be long wait times. Try to have fun even when traveling and waiting in line.
Fill Your Tablet with Kid-Friendly Apps
If you are traveling with more than one kid, bring several tablets. You want one for movies and cartoons. The other can be for kid-friendly games and teaching portals. You might even download a few apps with white noise to help them fall asleep at night.
While you do want to make the most of your trip, you don’t want to feel overwhelmed by rushing from one activity to the next. Older kids will want some alone time. Younger kids may get exhausted and cranky. Let everyone have some time to themselves to decompress and take it all in.
Some of the best memories you’ve ever had will be created during a family vacation. Make it fun, make it memorable—but most of all, make it doable.