During the summer, the kids are out of school so it is a perfect time to get away for a family vacation. The word “vacation” is a universally loved term, whether you’re a child, a college student, or a hard-working parent. But those who fall into the latter category know that trips with your kids in tow aren’t always the most relaxing experiences.
Here are three important things to remember when vacationing with kids:
When you’re prepping an adventure for your family, there’s no such thing as too much planning. When you’re making plans for your family vacation, keep these planning tips in mind:
1.Make sure you have all of your travel information organized and available so you can easily find confirmation numbers, tickets, and contact numbers.
2. Know all of the rules about traveling with kids ahead of time (what type of identification you need; whether or not you need to purchase special seats for them).
3. If you have a long car ride ahead of you, research pit stops beforehand that will entertain the kids along the way (and keep them from bugging you because they’re bored).
4. Whether you’re headed to the beach, the mountains, or a campsite, check out local websites to find the most family-friendly restaurants and activities available. Make a schedule that includes the best stops for your family.
Remember Kids Will Always Make a Mess
While sitting in an airport restaurant, my son happily drank a cup of milk–until the top popped off and the contents landed all over his face and clothes.
If you’re traveling with kids, you should expect a mess to occur at some point. But it won’t ruin your day if you’re prepared. Keep a change of clothes for each child on hand throughout your travel (and even as you go from activity to activity) so you never have to worry if their outfits get soiled. Store them with a plastic bag that can hold the dirty garments. And make sure you have a superior wipe arsenal to deal with unexpected messes.
Routines Were Made to be Broken
The bedtime and nap schedules are normally broken so be flexible during this time and know that all should be back to normal when you return home.
So give yourself a break. Vacations are meant to be enjoyable for the kids and for you. It’s okay to have fun–even if it means you need to let go of the reigns a little bit. Everyone and everyone really should get back on track when you return home.