Traveling with the whole family can be a lot of fun, but it can also be a lot to organize. If you have a few generations traveling, there’s a lot of people to keep happy and cater to. To keep your family vacation fun instead of stressful, try some of these tips.
Take It Slow
When you travel with the whole family, everything will take longer than you expect, including:
- Checking in at the airport
- Getting through security
- Buying snacks and drinks
- Boarding the plane
Get to the airport early and leave lots of extra time in case things go wrong.
You don’t want to miss your flight because it took longer to get through security with your stroller and bottles.
Flying is just one example of having to take it slow. Leave extra time for all parts of your trips. When you have kids with you, you might not be able to squeeze in several museums, dinner, a New and Gauley River Adventure, and a walking tour all in one day.
Families often pack everything that the kids use at home. Bringing some familiar things can keep routines consistent and you’ll have everything you need.
However, at the end of a long day, you’re bound to have to carry at least one child, so you don’t want to also be having to carry a lot of luggage too.
Pack as little as you can. Traveling will change home routines anyway, so trying to preserve them won’t work. You’ll just end up annoyed.
If you do find you’re missing something while you’re away, you can just buy it at your destination in almost all vacation spots that have families in mind.
Pre-Book Everything You Can
Of course, you need to have your flights booked for your trip, but your pre-booking shouldn’t stop after the airport. If you like to travel alone, you might be used to just showing up somewhere, exploring, and planning as you go. This doesn’t work out well with kids.
When you arrive somewhere new, you will want to go straight to where you’ll be staying, drop off your luggage, and give the kids a chance to rest if they need it. This is even more important if you have had a long trip.
Know where you will be staying before you arrive. If you want to be a bit flexible in your location, book the first couple of nights ahead of time, and then decide where you want to stay for the rest of your trip when you arrive and have got settled.
Prebooking can go even further than flights and hotels. Anything that you can book ahead is one less thing that you have to think about while you’re trying to keep the whole family fed and entertained on your vacation.
Use the right credit card for any flights, hotels, and trips that you book in advance, so you have some protection if you need to cancel or amend any bookings.