Traveling with your family is supposed to be an amazing experience. You get to get away from home and spend some quality time with the people you love the most. Unfortunately, circumstances often come up that make family travel more difficult and stressful than we would like. Some things are out of your control, but for the most part you can make sure everything goes well with a little bit of preparation. Here are some tips to make your next family travel excursion the best yet.
Get the kids involved
It’s easy to plan a family trip and forget about the “family” part. In today’s world you’re probably not going to have time for multiple vacations to suite everyone’s tastes and desires, so there’s a big temptation to make a family trip more focused on “adult” things. As you can imagine, this can lead to disaster if the kids don’t react well. The best way to avoid this potential pitfall is to get the kids involved as much as possible. Let them help with everything from the travel logistics to activities at your final destination. The kids know what’s going to keep them occupied for a long car ride or flight, and they’ll be more than happy to tell you all about the activities that sound exciting. Obviously you don’t have to let them run the whole show, but you’ll thank yourself for listening.
Consolidate where you can
Packing is a huge part of most trips, especially when you’ve got a bunch of little ones tagging along. Take advantage of the fact that kids’ clothes are relatively small and consolidate everything as much as you can. If you can fit everything in you and your spouse’s bags, do it. You don’t need the extra stress that comes with checking to make sure your kid doesn’t leave his bag behind accidentally. You should take this approach even if it means cutting down on space for your own clothes. You can always find a way to do laundry at your destination if you absolutely have to. Doing laundry is much better than getting stranded in the airport because you missed your flight after your kid lost a bag.
You’re going to run into some issues on the trip. It doesn’t matter how much you’ve prepared, there will always be something unexpected to throw you off. It might be something small that’s easy to overcome, or you could find yourself in a seemingly impossible situation. Either way, getting upset is only going to make things worse. Try to remember why you’re on the trip in the first place to help you stay positive. You can also practice getting rid of the stress before you leave. If you’re settled into a regular routine that includes stress management then your travels with seem like just another day. Family vacations are meant to be wonderful, not agonizing.
These tips will help make your family travel more fun than you’ve ever imagined.
Author’s bio: Logan is a guest author who helps people get on a private air charter when they are going on a family trip. He likes to fly out of Teterboro airport to see the world whenever he can.