It’s that time of year. Baking, shopping, wrapping, planning – there’s a lot that goes into preparing for the holidays, especially if you’re traveling with family. But winter vacations don’t have to be a source of stress. Follow these travel tips and you’ll have the whole family feeling the holiday cheer whether you are traveling to stay with relatives or at luxury catered ski chalets!
Family Travel Tips During The Holidays:
o A hungry kid is an unhappy kid. Make sure you have plenty of snacks on hand for the entire trip to help prevent meltdowns. Avoid sugary treats and opt for snacks that travel well and will keep spirits high such as granola bars or sandwiches.
Prepare for Emergencies
o If you’re driving to your destination this holiday season be sure to pack a winter emergency kit for the car. Also regardless of your mode of transportation, when traveling with kids it’s always a great idea to have a first aid kit on hand. A couple Band-Aids and a little Neosporin can go a long way.
o While it’s generally the goal to not over pack for family vacations, if there’s one area you go a little overboard make it the entertainment department. Load up on books, games, and DVDs and if you have an iPhone or iPad download the best apps for kids. The more options your kids have the less likely you are to repeatedly hear the dreaded phrase, “Are we there yet?”
o When it comes to flying with the whole family choose non-stop flights whenever possible. They may be slightly more expensive but not having to pack up all of the family’s belongings, rush across the terminal only to get everyone set up again for another flight, you’ll agree that it’s worth every penny.
Don’t Forget the Gifts
o If you’re planning on packing gifts, first keep in mind TSA security regulations and your airline’s own luggage policy. Wrap gifts once you’ve arrived at your destination or consider shipping them ahead of time. Also be sure to pack an empty weekend bag that you can use to bring back any gifts you may receive.
o Whether you’re visiting family or Mickey Mouse this winter, be sure to plan some afternoon downtime into your daily schedule. Traveling is tiring for kids and parents and a little afternoon nap can go a long way in keeping spirits and energy levels high.
o When it comes to planning your trip, or even just an afternoon’s activities, get the whole family in on the action. You can use a site like Trip Advisor to help you find the best attractions and activities in that area. Give your kids options to choose from on where you should go for dinner or how you should spend the afternoon. By asking for their input, you’re ensuring that they will be more excited and engaged in the day’s activities.
I hope you enjoy these family travel trips and find them useful in reducing stress during your family vacation.