Make Your Vacation Dreams Come True Without the Hassles
Travelling with the children can be a fun and exciting adventure. It may have lost the spontaneity it had before the kids came along, but a little preparation goes a long way when traveling with children. It is nice to be able to get away and simultaneously spend that quality family time together that is normally so hard to come by. If you focus on being prepared, you’ll have that enjoyable and hassle free vacation you’ve been dreaming of.
Family Friendly Accommodations
When planning your trip select a family friendly resort. These are quite popular at most vacation destinations, including ski areas, beaches, and theme parks. Choose one that offers activities your kids will enjoy such as horseback riding or water tubing. The resorts that have an indoor waterpark onsite are terrific. When my family traveled to Oahu, I researched and booked a fantastic kid-friendly resort that was still ranked amongst the top hotels in Honolulu. The resort becomes a vacation within itself for the entire family. Ask about supervised kids clubs where you can leave the children while you and your spouse enjoy a day excursion, time at the spa, or golfing.
Keep Your Regular Routine
Children are creatures of habit. Turning their daily schedule upside down can result in disaster. Don’t skip the regular naptimes or snacks. Even though it sounds inconvenient to leave a theme park or other tourist spot, do it. Most parks allow you to obtain a stamp or bracelet for re-entry later on in the day. Going back to your room for a nap will keep everyone refreshed. Don’t expect kids to hold out for a late dinner, either. Give them something light to eat at their normal dinnertime so you can keep your reservations and avoid cranky little ones.
Zip Lock Bags
Zip lock bags can become a parent’s best friend during vacation. Be sure to bring along a variety of shapes and sizes for any mess you may encounter. Use them to create a small first aid kit to carry with you. They also work nicely for holding a clean set of clothes. After changing, put the dirty ones back in the bag. You can pack snacks and drinks in them as well, which is extremely helpful for long road trips. The best part is that you can throw them out when you’re done.
Many vacations include a trip to a pool or beach. If your children have had the benefit of swimming lessons before leaving home, everyone will feel more comfortable around the water. Look for a certified program in your area and make sure to enroll before the deadline. Also call ahead to the resorts. Ask if they supply life vests for small children and have trained lifeguards on duty.
A portable DVD player can keep the children occupied for hours. They work wonderfully in cars and on planes. Having a movie to focus on can help calm down an overly excited child. Try bringing along their favorite movie for transport as well as bedtime once you’ve arrived. Having something familiar to watch can be helpful when adjusting to new surroundings.
The above information was a guest post provided by Kendra Thornton.