Summer will be here before we know it, and families will be planning their vacations. To some, this can be a frightening experience; the hassle of booking trips, reservations, renting a car or making flight plans. Don't let all of the things you have seen in the movies scare you and your family out of your dream vacation.
There are a few things you can do to make that trip on the road or in the air a little more bearable. Here are a few ideas to keep your sanity while you are traveling to your dream destination.
If you have children, whether they are toddlers or teen-agers, there are a few necessities that you must bring to make the trip pleasant for everyone.
If you are traveling with a teen, you know how important it is for them to have their cell phones. A cell phone is a teen's life line. Make sure to pack the wall charger and the car charger. You may want to slip a pair of ear buds into your bag, just incase your teen's phone is capable of playing music, this way you don't have to listen to their music.
If you are going to be traveling with toddlers, be sure to pack their favorite blanket. If you have a pre-teen, don't forget their favorite hand held game, like a game boy or play station. Long road trips get boring and these awesome little devices will keep them busy and occupied while you are concentrating on the road.
If your trip is going to take several hours, plan a road side park picnic. Pack your families favorite sandwich meat, chips and some bread. Throw some snacks in the front seat for snacking on while driving. This will keep everyone happy until you reach your destination.
If you are going to be staying in a hotel, be sure you pick a place that is "kid friendly." Many hotels are more kid friendly than others. Research your choices before booking. Don't be afraid to ask if they have programs available for kids.
After you have decided on your destination, let your children be involved in some planning. Ask them what they would like to do. You can also let them choose a place to eat or even give them a choice of which room they prefer. This keeps your family happy and lets the kiddo's know that this vacation is for them too.
If your destination involves a state park, be sure to check the calendar. Many state parks are booked months in advance. Make sure there will be a place for your family.
Don't be afraid to use a travel agent to plan your family's vacation. A travel agent can save a lot of stress and time. They will know which airlines are kid friendly, what seats would be comfortable for your family and they will know whether or not you and your family will need vaccinations and passports for your destination.