Quantcast

7 Sanity-Saving Travel Tips for Families

Shutterstock

Shutterstock

Taking a vacation as a family can be a great way to explore new places while enjoying some quality time together, but as any parent can tell you, traveling with kids isn’t easy. From tantrums on the airplane to lugging around piles of extra stuff to keep the kids clean and happy, family vacations can quickly turn into a lot of work and frustration, but that doesn’t mean you should skip the trip altogether! Traveling together as a family can be fun if you know a few key tricks of the trade. Keep reading to learn the seven sanity-saving tips for your next family vacation!

7. Lower Your Expectations

Shutterstock

Shutterstock

Images in the media often show happy families enjoying their vacations, with nary a tear in sight from anyone, but reality can often paint a much different picture. If you’re dreaming of the perfect family vacation, where everyone has fun all the time and no one gets upset, loses a shoe or makes a mess, you’re setting yourself up for disappointment. Before you start making plans for your next big family adventure, make sure your expectations are based in reality and not some glossy magazine photo spread. If you set out with the right expectations, you’re much more likely to relax and have fun instead of stressing over every small detail.

6. Plan Ahead, but Stay Flexible

Shutterstock

Shutterstock

Traveling with kids means planning, planning and more planning, but staying flexible is also really important. Expect the best and plan for the worst is a great rule of thumb when planning your family vacation. Feel free to create an itinerary for the trip, but don’t expect to accomplish everything on the list. Days may need to be cut short when the kids are tired and on the verge of tears, or you may discover a fun new attraction that everyone is excited to see. Staying flexible in your planning will make the whole experience much more enjoyable for everyone involved – yourself included!

5. Ship Items to Your Destination

Shutterstock

Shutterstock

Traveling with kids means bringing along a lot of extra stuff, and with baggage fees at an all-time high, you can really cut costs if you simply ship some of the larger or bulkier items rather than pack them. Things like diapers, sunscreen, extra changes of clothing and the like can be shipped to your destination for a much lower price than you’d pay to check that extra bag, and you’ll also have less to haul around while wrangling kids to the airport and onto the plane. If you’re headed somewhere that you can’t easily ship a box to, consider simply purchasing certain items once you arrive, rather than trying to cram everything in your suitcase.

4. Create a List as a Family

Shutterstock

Shutterstock

Having a list of items to bring along on your trip is a great way to keep everything organized and make sure that no important items are left behind on either end of the trip. Include your kids in creating the list, so they can add a few items they would like to bring, as well. Not only will this ensure that favorite teddy bears or other comfort items aren’t left behind, having your kids help with the list will also help them feel more involved in the trip and keep them excited about the upcoming adventure. Don’t forget to pack the list along with your belongings, so you can make sure everything makes it home safely after the trip!

Kenneth spent several years as a chef before embarking on his writing career, and he hasn't looked back since. Find Kenneth on LinkedIn!

More Posts - Website

Follow Me:
LinkedIn

Comments

comments

You must be logged in to post a comment Login