Tears, tantrums, and blazing rows — and that’s just the adults. Family vacations may offer the promise of much-needed rest and relaxation, but if they aren’t planned and executed to perfection, they can leave you more tired and strung out than when you set off. To help ensure your next sojourn runs smoothly, take a look at the following five tips for traveling with kids.
Be savvy when selecting your destination
Firstly, make sure you select a suitable destination. Ideally, your chosen vacation spot will be relatively easy to get to and it will have plenty of attractions to keep both you and your kids busy once you arrive.
Be sure to book your accommodation ahead
Unfortunately, spontaneity and family vacations don’t mix well, so it’s not a good idea to chance your luck and try to find accommodation once you arrive. Even if you do want a little flexibility in your itinerary, make sure you pre-book somewhere to stay for at least your first few nights. Finding a place that’s suitable for children can be a challenge.
Don’t try to do too much
It can be tempting to try to cram as much as possible into each of your days while on vacation. However, if you’re to keep your stress levels in check, it’s better to pare back your travel plans and give yourself space in your schedule to simply relax. Spending time chilling out by the pool, in a park or on a beach will give your family a chance to recharge between spells of sightseeing.
Take plenty of tech
You’ll need to take plenty of toys and activities to keep your little ones busy, especially while you’re traveling. As well as traditional options, like travel board games and coloring books, make the most of the technology available. For example, a smartphone or tablet complete with an array of child-friendly apps and movies could keep your little ones occupied while you’re on the move. And with kids corner on Windows 10 you can rest assured your little ones won’t be accessing anything they shouldn’t, keeping them busy and you relaxed, all from one little device, much easier than lugging around the contents of your child’s toy box. Don’t have a tablet yet? I have found that Tesco has some great low-cost options.
Give yourself plenty of time to pack
Last but not least, never leave your packing until the last minute. There’s so much to remember when you’re traveling with kids, and if you try to fill your suitcases in a rush, you’re bound to forget something. Ideally, you should start packing at least a few days before you’re due to depart. This way, if you find you’re missing anything, you should have time to buy it. It helps to create a checklist covering the essentials too.
As long as you bear tips like these in mind, you should be able to ensure that your next family trip is a success.