Traveling is fun. With summertime just around the corner, taking a family vacation is at the forefront of many people’s minds. It’s fun to take a break from the stress of work and school and just enjoy special time with your loved ones. Save yourself a lot of stress and worry by exercising these surefire tips for travel preparation!
Tip 1: Start the day right. Traveling to a theme park like Disneyland or Universal Studios? Make sure you start your day with something nutritious. It will give you and your little ones the energy to enjoy the long day ahead of you. You’ll be standing in line, braving different temperatures, riding roller coasters and, if your children are on the younger side, pushing a stroller around all day.
Keep your body healthy by eating breakfast in the morning before you leave the hotel. Bring food with you or pick up something from a nearby eatery. If you are grabbing something on-the-go, still take the time to make healthy decisions at fast food locations!
Tip 2: Keep the little ones fed. Breakfast is the most important meal in some people’s opinion, but when it comes to keeping your children’s energy levels up during a vacation, there’s nothing quite as helpful as a snack. Keeping simple but tasty foods like apples, crackers, cheese, fruit leather and the occasional piece of candy do wonders. It keeps the kids entertained and fed at the same time. Plus, a little extra sugar wouldn’t hurt you, either.
Tip 3: Traveling the red-eye? Flying across the country with small children can be a difficult experience if you’re not prepared. Little kids tend to take naps, and red-eye flights are generally great for small children because they’ll sleep through the entire flight.
Red eye or not…keeping children on their normal schedule sleeping wise is key! While on your vacation keep in mind that many Orlando hotels in Walt Disney World offer quiet hours for ensuring a proper night’s sleep. Overtired children and fussy kids are not fun for anyone on vacation!
Tip 4: Traveling by car. Driving across the state or the country can be a fun and memorable experience. To keep yourself and your family entertained, don’t be afraid to make frequent stops along the way. Rest stops and picnic areas are great places to get out and stretch your legs and let your children release some extra energy. You’ll experience a lot more of the country this way, too, when you stop and check out the destinations along the side of the road.
Tip 5: Stay clean. Lots of kids end up getting sick after they go on vacation. Prevent this by taking action. Keep your children healthy and well fed. Make sure they get plenty of sleep. Keep hand sanitizer in your purse and have your children wash their hands before they snack and after they visit any public place.
Having fun on your family vacation doesn’t have to be stressful. With a little common sense and know-how, you can have a memorable family trip!
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 mixed my excitement for travel by bringing the taste of authentic cuisine to my own home with some of my unique recipes and sharing some of my personal traveling tips. Enjoy!