The thought of a family vacation can give parents the shivers, especially when young children are involved. Its time to start planning for it if you want to visit the village or have a new location in mind with family this December and here are the things to consider
Where You Will Be Staying
To get the trip off on the right foot, parents should book rooms at a family-friendly hotel. Look for Kid-friendly amenities like swimming pools in the building. A good location near parks, attractions and outdoor spaces your kids will enjoy. Hotels near stores that have items you may need on a whim. A room with a view to give kids something to look at during down time.
Limit Plan To Popular Destinations
Popular vacation destinations are more likely to have kid-friendly hotels and activities than those that are off the beaten path. And even if you are going to your village as usual you should only go to popular locations with the kids when its time for sight seeing. Don’t let them wonder off with strangers.
Create A Packing List
Packing lists help prevent one of your worst nightmares as a traveling parent: the dreaded “forgotten items.” Creating a packing list is easy. Sit down, and write a list tailored specifically to your family’s individual needs.
Packing lightly means you are packing smartly. Lessen your vacation baggage by following these simple suitcase rules. Cut back on clothes. Whether traveling individually or as a family, clothes take up the most space in luggage by far. Plan to do laundry, and pack three or four mix-and-match outfits per person. Also avoid packing bulky clothes, if possible, to save space. (And distribute the laundry tasks fairly, so you’re not the only person stuck with them.)
Keep Activities Light
Though your destination may be loaded with fun things to do, you may have to travel and visit attractions at a slower pace with children than you do on your own or with other adults. Planning one or two things to do per day will be easier on the kids (and easier on your patience)..
Visit The Family Doctor Before Travel
Making sure your family is in good health before travel is important regardless of how near or far your vacation will take you. Observe all medical protocols before and on your trip. we can not over-emphasize the observation of distance from other travelers or people. For international trips it is advisable to visit the doctor at least two months before the trip.
Invest In Travel Insurance
Travel insurance can protect your family from unforeseen disaster on vacation. Just knowing that you are covered in the case of an emergency can make any family vacation less stressful and more enjoyable. Travel insurance can be purchased to cover domestic and international travel with year-round coverage or protection for a one-time trip.
Follow Your Child’s Lead
Planning is great, but don’t let it rule the day. One of the biggest mistakes parents make on vacation is trying to push through activities and plans as planned rather than following the lead of their children. Happy kids equal happy parents on vacation. By keeping this in mind, you will be able to make the most out of the trip.