Today I have a guest post from the lovely Kendra Thornton.
Family trips are one of the most valued parts of childhood where lifelong memories are created and families can bond over the getaway. It may be late in the summer season, but there’s still time to plan an enjoyable vacation for a perfect trip with the kids. Plenty of preparation and research is needed to ensure a stress-free trip that goes as smoothly as possible.
1. Make a To-Do List Before the Trip
Between finding a dog sitter to packing medications, there is always an abundance of tasks that need to be completed before any trip. Make a to-do list to stay organized, while downloading a packing app, like Packing Pro, to help with some of the work. Don’t be afraid to delegate tasks to different family members to ensure you can still relax a little before the day you leave.
2. Book a Room at a Family Friendly Resort
To really enjoy a family vacation and actually relax while you’re away, finding a great all-inclusive family friendly resort is key. Find a hotel that has high ratings and reviews by former guests, while watching out for any concerns as well. Remember that negative reviews aren’t always bad – what may be negative for one family may not be a problem for yours. For example, a kids club that caters to younger children might have been a disappointment for those with teens and tweens but perfect for your three under 8. If you’re visiting a destination with entertainment off the premises, such as Walt Disney World, use sites like Gogobot to look into Orlando hotel options with monorail access! On our last trip to Disney we were able to find a great hotel from other parents’ recommendations that brought the magic of the park back to our hotel, truly giving our kids the best experience.
3. Help Children Sleep on the Road
To make for a smoother trip, have children stick to their normal sleeping schedules by bringing pillows and blankets for the car ride, even their favorite stuffed animal. Installing blinds for the car will also help to make them sleep easier and will prevent glares on movie screens or tablets.
4. Keep Your Kids Busy
Ensure your child is on their best behavior in the airport or while traveling by downloading audiobooks right onto an iPad or electronic device so they can listen in solitude to some of their favorite stories. This is a great way to make sure they’re getting ready for school, which is right around the corner! Many local libraries offer audio books on CD and other websites offer free children’s literature to download straight to your iPod or tablet. Remember to provide headphones and extra batteries or chargers!
5. Document the Trip
Record the best memories from your trip by snapping photos along the way. Allow your children to stay busy in the process and help by purchasing a few disposable cameras that they can use. They’ll feel delighted knowing they’re in charge of a fun task you’ve given them, and it will provide an enjoyable activity to browse the photos once they’re developed. If you have older kids, give them photo assignments as if they’re a professional travel photographer. A picture of the boardwalk or from the top of the mountain can be a great way to have the kids see your trip through a new lens. Have the kids make a scrapbook of the photos once you’re back home, which will be something they can treasure for many years to come.
Kendra Thornton: Travel advocate, TV spokesperson, PR businesswoman, proud wife and mama of 3. I am a long time travel expert who has been packing my bags and traveling the world since I was 3 months old! I’ve found my utmost desire in life is right here in my own home. I have taken my excitement for travel and brought it to you with some of my favorite travel tips and tricks. Enjoy!