Having a family vacation this year? It may feel exhilarating and a bit of terrifying, especially if you have kids in tow, but fret not, there is an art to planning a family-friendly trip. Forget the possibility of a journey filled with tears, and tantrums, and expect a memorable, fun family experience instead.
With that in mind, we created this list of things you should consider planning and bringing for your trip.
Solid travel plan
First things first, before you can decide where to go, think about what you and your family want to do, so where do you begin? To start, it’s important to consider everyone’s bucket lists.
Once you find a middle ground with everybody, think about then of the destinations where you can do these activities. If you are traveling with children in tow, there are certain destinations you’ll have to avoid.
Before traveling, make sure that your destination is somewhat kid-friendly.
Once you have a few ideas in mind, look up activities and lodging in the area. Do a thorough research on the attractions and activities at the places you’re headed.
To take a vacation in another level, you can also create an itinerary that all of your family agreed to, but remember to not overload it and make it flexible. Always leave room for spontaneity as it could become some of the best memories of a trip. Plus, be sure to build in “blank spots,” to help each of the family members get their alone time.
Rest house at a specific place
Take your vacation into new heights by renting a place in your destination. Especially if you’re going for a beach destination, a rest house is a great addition to your trip.
And here’s the deal, scoring a rest house doesn’t necessarily have to be expensive. There are many options out there that surely you and your family will love. You probably have invisible thought bubbles that say “I want to buy a timeshare” or “I want a great rest house: Thus, check online and comb through the tons of listings and do a thorough check before you decide. Brought by the rise of the gig-sharing economy, you can easily find affordable and even last-minute places to house you and your family.
Toys and games
Vacation with kids can be frustrating for some, but it is not impossible to get that peaceful and fun trip. You can still relax casually by the ocean or poolside and sipping on coconut water while your kids are safely enjoying their own version of vacation.
Pro-tip? Bring a lot of toys. Even before you reach your destination, it’s often a matter of time before boredom sets in. Thankfully, you can solve this with few travel-friendly toys to keep them entertained and distracted.
Ahead are some ideas for a few vacation toys you can throw in a suitcase:
- bucket and spade
- throwing balls
- seashell bags
- frisbee or beach games
Road trip/hotel toys
- card games
- board games
- rubik’s cube
- magnetic puzzles
Yummy food and healthy road trip snacks
Having yummy foods during the trip can be a game-changer. First, if you’re staying for a long time in a hotel or a rented lodging, you can stock up on groceries and make your own meals. This can help you to save money as restaurant dishes can be pricey, especially in tourist hotspots.
Another alternative is you can bring food from home. This is applicable if the destination is close from home, so depending on where you’re going and how you’re getting there, this is a good option. Plus, nothing beats a vacation that is filled with your family’s signature dishes.
Of course, make sure to pack healthy snacks to keep your kids happy and full during the trip.
Portable bluetooth speaker and your favorite playlist
Especially for long road trips, your family’s favorite playlist is a must have. From the start of the trip and even to the duration of your vacation, keep the music flowing by bringing a portable Bluetooth speaker.
For more durability, opt for a waterproof one to keep it blasting tunes even in a beach trip. As well, buy one that is durable enough to handle inevitable falls and compact enough to stash in your suitcase.
Medicines and first aid kit
An unsafe trip is not a fun trip, so bring a pack of medicines and a first aid kit in any vacations. To help you and your family stay comfortable and safe, you should be responsible for having a first aid kit and medicines for any emergencies that might arise. For starters, you can bring bandage, ice spray, disinfectant, pain medicine and mosquito repellent.
Remember your trip for eternity with the help of a camera. It will help your whole family recall the past more vividly and believe me, it’s worth the trouble, so document those happy memories and new sights and even take the extra mile by putting it in a scrapbook. Phone camera, digital camera, Instax, or underwater camera — take your pick.
TIP: Bring a selfie stick to get all the family in frame. A power bank can also be helpful.
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