School’s out for summer! As families everywhere gear up to hit the road for summer vacations, parents of young children have a lot of work cut out for them to ensure the best possible trip. Here are a few tips to keep in mind when embarking on new adventures with kids:
FLY EARLY IN THE MORNING
Planning flights for early morning takeoff can help to catch kids in better moods, while also avoiding rush hour security line crowds. Savvy parents will also take advantage of the early boarding offered to families with young kids. There is a big advantage to be gained by getting a prime choice of carry-on luggage space and getting settled early.
Every seasoned parent knows the benefits of snacks as a means to improve mood while offering a fun distraction. That said, be careful to not overdo the sugar, as this can cause kids to become hyper and then crash later.
Packing portable games, books, and electronics can be a lifesaver for any parent staring down long hours in the car or airplane with antsy children. Don’t forget to pack child-appropriate headphones for those electronic devices.
LOOK AT CONDO RENTALS OVER HOTELS
With the rise of vacation condo availability these days, it is easy to find affordable and quality housing while on any trip. A price cannot be put on the benefits of a full kitchen, laundry facilities, and room to stretch out when traveling with young children.
PLAN BUT DON’T OVERBOOK
A little planning goes a long way in ensuring a successful vacation. However, travel experts would caution against overplanning. Resist the urge to try to pack in too much fun, and instead, give the family a chance to be spontaneous and creative. Intentionally working a “free day” into a busy itinerary can also go a long way to giving everybody time to recharge.
REGISTER FOR TSA PRE-CHECK
This easy step enables families to skip the long security lines and avoid having to take off shoes. Hell hath no fury like a child stuck in a long security line.
Remember that the perfect family vacation is one where memories are made and everyone comes home happy!