Oh to travel! To live, experience, explore, engage, and to be curious! Traveling can be exciting and adventurous, like a dream to most. Whether you are traveling alone or with a significant other it truly is an adventure. Something you will remember and look back on for the rest of your life. Traveling with Kids however, may or may not change our outlook on traveling. Traveling with Kids can be all of those wonderful things I mentioned earlier, but some extra planning and preparation are definitely required for success. Today we are going to talk about things we can do to ensure a successful trip while Traveling with Kids! Get your pen ready, notes are a must on this one!
I know I’ve mentioned this before, but my family’s favorite quote is “Prior Proper Planning Prevents Poor Performance”. This is the truth, whole truth and nothing but the truth. When you are properly prepared for something, anything really, your chances of failing and performing poorly are significantly less than if you did not properly prepare. When deciding to take a family vacation and Traveling with Kids you must do your research. You can visit the city’s website to find out the many different attractions, lodging suggestions, places to eat, etc. This way you can have an idea of the activities you would like to do while you’re visiting. This gives you what I like to call a “game plan.”
I love making lists. Daily to do lists, long term or short term goal lists, bucket lists, the list goes on and on. There’s something about marking off one of the items on my list once I’m finished that brings me personal satisfaction, like if all else fails, I at least accomplished something on my list! I would start by making a list of all the things you would like to do during your visit. You can then look at how many days you are going to stay and see how you can fit everything in. A nice side note, if you are a guest of ours at Resort Property Management, you receive $500 worth of Free Show and Attraction Tickets. You can check those out here.
Another list I highly suggest making are packing lists! One for each member of the family. I get overwhelmed when packing for every person in our family (minus my husband). Making a list helps so I do not forget anything. My three kiddies are 5 and under, so I pretty much do all of the packing. Depending on the age of your children you may have a different system. Whether you or your children are packing, I still feel that making a list is key to success! This is something you can work on with your children, teaching them how to prepare and pack for a trip. It’s a win win, you get them packed and teach them something in the process, Boom! Parenting win.
The next list I would suggest is a food/snack list. Whether you are driving or flying and Traveling with Kids snacks are a must have. Pinterest has great resources for snack ideas and how to pack them. If you are flying, be sure to check out the guidelines and restrictions for bringing food through security.
The last list I suggest making is a medicine/first aid kit list. Our oldest son is allergic to peanuts and requires an epi-pen. This is something we take with us everywhere we go. Make a list of all medications, whether it is prescription or over the counter, along with simple first aid kit supplies. I also recommend bringing Doctor information for each member of your family. Becoming ill doesn’t work around our vacation schedule (although it would be nice), so you need to be prepared if someone gets sick and needs to see a Physician.
This next suggestion I would recommend even when you are not Traveling with Kids. Create a folder to hold all of your important papers/documents for your vacation. It could be lodging confirmations, tickets to Dollywood, your research notes that you took when you first started planning. This keeps everything in one place. Vacation is supposed to be fun and as stress free as possible. Help yourself out by staying organized and being prepared!
Does anyone ever enjoy packing? (I know I don’t) However, having my list handy makes packing so much more tolerable! Allow yourself a few days to get everyone packed. Procrastination causes stress, and remember we are trying to reduce stress! My Mom is always good at packing. She gets her suitcase out almost 2 weeks before she leaves on her trips. She is the perfect example of our family quote: Prior Proper Planning Prevents Poor Performance. She is always on top of things. Whenever I need help getting re-organized and focused, I call her. She is the best!
Before you Leave
The day of departure always seems a little hectic to me. Emotions are high because everyone is excited and I am the crazy one running around doing mental check lists making sure we don’t forget anything. One thing I want to mention here, make sure everyone uses the restroom before you leave. This is rule #1 for any road trip or vacation we take. We always allow extra travel time for unexpected…well, expected potty breaks. But hey, let’s start off on the right foot and have everyone go before you leave the driveway.
Traveling with Kids
This is truly the hard part isn’t it? The long car ride or cramped plane ride? Depending on the length of your travel time you can decide what works best for you. We’ve made short driving trips and long ones. My suggestion for this somewhat torturous adventure are movies, music, books, toys, games, and hopefully naps! I have found a lot of fun and clever ideas on Pinterest. Here is a favorite, 20 Car Trip Games for Kids . Keeping everyone happy in the car is a challenging task but not impossible!
Oh to travel, with kids! It may be a little stressful, but the memories you are creating with your family is priceless. Family time, is the best time, no matter how crazy it may be. Start planning, be prepared, stay organized, and all will go smoothly. Traveling with Kids will be a ‘peace’ of cake.