Guest Post by Carrie Spencer
Family trips don’t have to be a nightmare. With a little advanced planning, you can make it an enjoyable experience for everyone involved. In this blog post, RAD Children’s Furniture will give you our top tips to make traveling with kids fun, stress-free, and budget-friendly.
Benefits of Family Vacations
There are countless benefits to taking your family on vacation, including bonding time, creating lasting memories, and teaching your kids about new cultures and places. Family vacations also give you an opportunity to take a break from your everyday routine, discover new coping techniques for stress, and relax in new surroundings. And with today's plethora of kid-friendly destinations, there's sure to be a perfect vacation spot for every family.
Packing for a family vacation can be daunting, but it doesn't have to be. Start by making a list of everyone's essentials — clothes, toiletries, medications, etc. — and be sure to pack plenty of extras in case of spills or accidents. If you’re a new mom, this includes an extra set or two of comfortable maternity items like nursing and sleep bras. Choose soft and durable materials for leggings and robes, too, so they will last for a while and are easy to wash.
Once you've got the basics covered, you can start packing any toys, games, or other entertainment items your kids might need to stay occupied on the journey.
If you're flying, be sure to check the airline's baggage restrictions before packing. Most airlines have weight and size limits for carry-on and checked luggage.
Creating a Practical Itinerary
When planning your family vacation, World Nomads notes that it's essential to create an itinerary that everyone will enjoy. First, decide what type of vacation you want to take — a beach trip? A camping trip? A road trip to see the sights? After settling on a destination, research kid-friendly activities in the area so you can plan accordingly.
When mapping out your itinerary, be sure to leave plenty of time for rest and relaxation. After all, vacations are meant to be enjoyed! Finally, don't forget to account for meal times when planning your daily activities; nobody wants to hear complaints of hunger while they're trying to enjoy themselves!
Scoring the Best Deals on Accommodations
Accommodations are one of the biggest expenses of any vacation. To save money on accommodations, try booking an apartment or condo instead of a hotel room; that way, you'll have access to a kitchen where you can prepare meals instead of having to eat out all the time.
You can also save money by traveling during the off-season. Many resorts offer discounted rates during shoulder seasons when crowds are thinner and the weather is less than perfect. And if you're really looking to save some cash, consider camping at one of the many beautiful campgrounds across the country — just remember to bring along some comfortable sleeping bags!
Planning Meals and Snacks
Mealtime on vacation doesn't have to be complicated. To make things easier (and cheaper), try packing snacks and non-perishable items that can easily be prepared ahead of time. Then you won't have to waste time (and money) buying food every time someone gets hungry.
If cooking is more your style, consider staying in accommodations with a kitchen so you can prepare meals from scratch. And if cooking meals from scratch sounds like too much work while on vacation, don't worry — there are plenty of restaurants that cater to families with young children. TripSavvy suggests doing some research ahead of time, so you know what your options are.
Maintaining Your Kids’ Essential Routines
One way to keep your kids happy (and minimize tantrums) while on vacation is by maintaining their essential routines as much as possible. Mealtimes should still happen at roughly the same time each day, bedtimes should still be respected, and any regular medicines should still be taken as prescribed.
Of course, there will inevitably be some disruptions to their routine while on vacation (which is part of the fun!). But sticking as closely as possible to their regular schedule will help minimize any meltdowns.
With a bit of planning, traveling with kids can be an enjoyable experience for everyone involved — adults included! By following our tips for packing strategically, creating a practical itinerary, scoring the best deals on accommodations, planning meals, and snacks, and maintaining your kids’ essential routines, you'll set yourself up for success before even setting foot out the door. So what are you waiting for? Start planning your family vacation today!
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