Parenting Tips, Summer Safety, Travel

Summer Vacation Planning with the Family

Summer is fast approaching, and you know what this means! This means that vacation season is coming up soon too. And if you are wanting to enjoy a vacation yourself, but you are afraid that you may be more stressed than relaxed if you have toddlers, babies and/or young school-aged children to please- then this is the time to start planning your vacation!

The truth is that when you are traveling with kids, it can be a stressful time because sudden unpleasant situations can easily crop up! Either the kids begin to misbehave while you are on your way to your destination and during your holiday. Or one of the kids can get sick, or some other kind of problem can emerge. And guess what, since you are already expecting something to happen- you are at least being realistic enough to know the possibility is there. Therefore, the best thing you can do, especially when you are traveling with kids is to plan your vacation ahead thoroughly. Let’s go over how you can do just that!

Make Sure That the Destination is Kid-Friendly

If you plan on doing a lot of sightseeing on your holiday, you may want to reconsider because your toddler will not have the interest nor the attention span for it. Therefore, he or she will act up as a result and create more stress for your holiday. However, the good news is that there are plenty of vacation options while you are traveling with kids that will be enjoyable for everyone. Let’s look at some of these possibilities:

  • Theme parks. Kids absolutely love theme parks because there are kid-friendly roller coasters and other rides for the entire family to enjoy. Many of these parks provide kid-friendly shows too.
  • Beaches. The beach is enjoyable to everyone! You and enjoy taking a breather while your toddler or baby has fun playing in the sand. Just be careful about making sure your kids are protected properly from the sun, and that you don’t go to the beach at peak times when the UV rays are the strongest. That time frame is from 11 am to 3 pm.
  • Parks. There are plenty of natural parks around, and you and your family can enjoy spending time at one of those during your vacation. Again, make sure that you are protected from the sun, especially while you are walking in areas that don’t have a lot of shade.
  • Kid-friendly museums. There are plenty of kid-friendly museums around, and an example of that is a science center. This way, your kids can stay busy in a setting that will be enjoyable.

Now that you are able to narrow down where you will be spending your holiday, now it is time to make sure that you are fully prepared for the actual trip itself!

Create an Item Check-List

In order to make sure that you are as prepared as you possibly can be for your holiday, you will want to make sure that you create a checklist of items to bring along with you. Whether or not you are traveling by car or by plane, when you are traveling with kids, you will need to keep then very busy!

Here are some items to bring while you are traveling with your kids:

  • Snacks
  • Extra clothing
  • Books, toys and a tablet
  • First-Aid Kit which should include Dramamine
  • Plenty of water
  • Plastic bags
  • Diapers and wipes
  • Extra underwear

Listed below are items to pack in the suitcase:

  • Extra clothing
  • Socks
  • Raincoats and umbrellas
  • More toys, games, coloring books
  • Plenty of diapers
  • More underwear
  • Toothpaste and toothbrushes
  • Hairbrushes
  • Swimwear
  • Sunscreen
  • Extra plastic bags
  • Extra shoes

Also, never forget to purchase travel insurance!

There may be more items that you will want to make sure that you bring that are not on this list as well. The main thing is when you are traveling with kids, whether they are babies, toddlers or young school-aged kids- you must plan ahead and prepare yourself for the worst, but hope for the best- and believe that you all will have a great time!

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