Planning a trip is fun and exciting – dreaming of where to go, the experiences and the lifelong memories you will create. But something that isn’t always as exciting is travelling with small kids. Any parent knows that this takes a lot of prep work and planning to make it a breeze!
Read on for 3 tips to a stress-free family trip…
Do Your Research
The best way to plan for the future is…planning! Researching a trip up front can save you so much time and frustration once you actually get to your destination. Here are a few key items to look into when picking a location:
- Lodging: Are separate rooms available? Does the hotel have cribs and/or pack and plays? Do they offer a babysitting service? If staying at an Air BNB are there any local rental companies you can rent a crib, stroller, etc. This can really help cut down on personal luggage.
- Activities: What local activities are available? Which ones are within walking distance? Check the local online calendar for season-specific activities and events. Can you pre-purchase family passes to save on entrance fees?
While planning a trip with your in-laws may not be your idea of a vacation, there is something to the saying ‘it takes a village’. Having extra hands on deck to help with bags, tantrums, snack time, etc. is never a bad idea. Travelling with other parents and families is a great way to bond and create everlasting memories. Not to mention the free childcare available so you can swap off date nights!
Preparing yourself for worst case scenario ahead of time will help you in those moments where nothing is going right, as it is bound to happen. Bringing along extra snacks to field off Hangry toddlers, interesting new toys to keep them busy on flights and even mentally preparing yourself that the day might not always go to plan. Doing these things will ensure you keep your expectations in check and have a stress free vacation!
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