Vacations are fantastic fun. Who doesn’t travelling? For any of those who don’t, I would wager it’s a 50/50 that they have kids. It doesn’t seem fair to blame some dismal holidays on the fact that you’re travelling as a family. But it can happen. That’s why you need the right preparation in place to make all the less likely. We’re going to make your next family holiday a lot easier on you.
Pack everything you need in advance
As a parent, it may be hard to find the time to do this. However, it’s important that you get everything researched in advance so you know what to prepare. In particular, keep an eye on weather forecasts before you go. You don’t want to be stuck with a kid who doesn’t have weather appropriate clothing. They’ll let you know about it. Make a list of travel essentials as you get closer to the trip. On the last week, get it all prepared to tick it off as you pack.
Make it a roaming holiday
For some people, it might sound like a recipe for stress. However, I am of the opinion that a road trip holiday can be one of the best ways to eliminate a lot of the stress of travelling. If you’re taking a mini travel trailer, there’s no need to worry about accommodation. Everyone has their own space and you can find plenty of interesting and curious things on the road. Plus it adds a real sense of discovery that the kids are definitely going to love.
Take a break to yourself
You’re with the kids, yes, but you’re also on holiday. You need to occasionally have some time to yourself. This might mean putting the responsibility on your partner for a while. Or it might just mean finding those hours in the early morning you can enjoy a bit of quiet to yourself. Take a chair outside or open up your balcony window and have a read. Give yourself the time you need to enjoy your surroundings and recharge. You’ll need to conserve that energy as best you can, after all. You’ll be back with the kids soon enough.
Keep it fun
We’ve been making light of how much of a fuss kids can create. But the truth is that this is your opportunity to create fantastic memories with them. Don’t let the stress of organizing a trip beat you down. Keep the mood light, keep them happy and be happy. Even when you’re in the middle of a long boring drive, play some games with them. Ask them what they would like to go see. Find those spots that you can all enjoy and relate over. A holiday doesn’t just have to be about them or you.
Make the holiday as fuss-free as possible. Take it on the road and camp so you have fewer hotels and planes to worry about. Prepare well in advance. Finally, and most importantly, remember that the spirit of the whole excursion is fun.