Traveling with kids is not the same as traveling with adults; it can actually turn into a hassle if you aren’t prepared because a lot of complications can occur when you vacation with children. Before making things difficult for yourself remember to plan ahead. Below you’ll find 5 things to consider when traveling with kids that will help make the trip an enjoyable for everyone.
1. Bring Along Extra food and Extra Cash
You’ll need to pick up kid friendly, healthy snacks that they can enjoy on the road (that aren’t too messy) and in the hotel; this step alone can dissuade whining on the trip. You’ll also want to make sure to bring extra cash for souvenirs and unplanned on activities that you stumble on along the way from feeding the animals at the Zoo (some have coin operated machines for food delivery), to arcades and perhaps roller skate or bicycle rentals.
2. Location, Location, Location
You can’t pick a location without thinking about the people you are traveling with. Make sure to plan a trip to a location that is also enjoyable for the entire family, not the same typical vacation ideas for couples. Look for accommodations that are close to your ultimate destination making it easy to get back and forth. Most hotels located near vacation hotspots offer shuttle services making it easy to get tired children back to the room for a nap. It’s also a good idea to choose a hotel with on-site, kid friendly activities like a swimming pool and one that offers complimentary breakfast is a great idea as well.
3. Plan to see kid friendly venues
There’s plenty of cities with aquariums, zoos, beaches, fun houses, restaurants that cater to children and more, so why not do some research to make sure you’re choosing a kid-friendly vacation destination? When you pick a destination try to make an action plan that involves all the different possible venues for you and your children to enjoy; you’ll have a great time if you do.
4. Wardrobe matters
Your kids don’t know how to pack and they also tend to need more clothes than most adults which is why packing their wardrobe accordingly is so important. Make sure to bring comfortable sandals for them if you’re going to a beach, bring a couple swimsuits for each of them, bring plenty of changes of clothes to cover accidents and each day of the trip.
5. Have Fun
Planning a vacation with your children can be a lot of fun and it doesn’t hurt to get them involved in the process, making it seem like more fun than a chore. A well planned trip will ensure that everyone has a lot of fun whether it’s taking a cruise, visiting the world best amusement parks or camping out.
As you start planning for your next family vacation, keep these 5 things to consider when traveling with kids in mind and make wonderful memories together.