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If you frequently feel as if family vacations leave you frazzled rather than rejuvenated, you might benefit from engaging in some preparation measures that are designed to help travel go more smoothly for parents of small children. After all, it’s your vacation too, and you deserve to come home feeling relaxed and refreshed. Naturally, you’re going to want your family to be safe, happy and healthy while on vacation, but you also don’t want to micromanage every aspect of your trip. Following are five tips that can help you slay travel stress without taking away from your family’s fun.
Tip 1: Making the right hotel choice can make a lot of difference in the quality of your stay. You probably already know that tired, cranky toddlers can create conditions that aren’t conducive to family fun, so don’t be tempted to take the cheapest hotel deal. Paying a little more for rooms in an establishment that practices family-friendly policies such as quiet hours can be well worth the money. Many Orlando hotels offer quiet hours policies to ensure that their visitors get a proper night’s sleep with their children!
Tip 2: Depending solely on restaurants and snack bars for sustenance can be a huge mistake if you are vacationing with children. Before you make a final commitment to specific rooms, make sure that they are equipped with a mini fridge and a microwave. This will allow you to provide hungry children with healthy snacks.
Tip 3: Although everyone is going to be giddy with anticipation the day before leaving on vacation, it’s essential that you all get plenty of sleep before the big day. Your leisurely sojourn will get off to a bad start if you spend your first vacation day traveling with cranky children. Especially if you are venturing off into a different timezone, make sure to prepare kids for the change days leading up to your departure, not just one day before.
Tip 4: If you will be traveling long distance either by air or by car with an infant or toddler, you should try to make their sleeping space while traveling as familiar to them as possible. Bringing along favorite blankets and stuffed animals can help little people feel secure in new surroundings.
Tip 5: If you’re on a road trip, making frequent stops will help keep children from becoming overly bored and restless. Plan your route in advance so that you have an idea of where to stop, but don’t forget to leave some room for spontaneity. You never know when you might run across a treasure. With the 4th of July coming up bring some fun holiday crafts to do for the car ride (great for running around outside at rest stops) or even play a name the President’s game for the older ones in the car!
The right type of proper planning can help maximize everyone’s enjoyment of the vacation because you’ll be prepared to sail effortlessly over those little stress-inducing bumps in the road.