Best family vacation organisation tips
Is there anything better than a family vacation? It’s a perfect opportunity to spend some quality time with your family, teach your kids valuable lessons and show them the wonders of travelling. However, preparing for such a trip isn’t exactly easy. So, if you’re not sure how to get organised here’s a little guide that will certainly help you have a smooth family vacation.
Make a list
Probably the most important thing about vacation planning is lists—all sorts of lists! Make a personal packing list for each member of the family, an activity list, sight lists, carry-on lists and lists for house- or pet-sitters. Don’t hesitate to micro-plan! It’s always better to over-plan then forget something important. Also, make sure to bring your lists with you and keep all your travel info at a safe place. Don’t forget to list all the contact information for car rental agencies, travel agents, accommodation and various other palaces and people you’re planning to meet.
Seasoned travelers know well that the secret to a stress-free trip is packing light. It’s best if you lay out all clothing, footwear and hygiene items for one person and pack them at the same place. This also gives you an opportunity to additionally cut a few items you’re not sure you’ll need. One great travel tip for kids is to plan outfits in advance and pack them in zipper bags. At the day’s end, you can just store the entire dirty outfit back into the bag and get a fresh one out! Also, don’t pack your newest undies and socks! If you pack older under wear, you can easily throw them away once you get them dirty and make a place for souvenirs and things you pick up along the way. Plus, what is a family vacation without getting matching t-shirts? Feel free to under-pack and then buy a few fun shirts once you arrive!
Keep kids occupied
Make sure to keep your kids amused during the trip and once you arrive at the hotel. Small toys and games will come in very handy while you and your spouse are trying to chill out. If you happen to travel by car, use this opportunity to show off your talent. Prepare plenty of great (kid-friendly) songs and create a family band. Just makes sure to have a good stereo system that can support all your music. For instance, invest in a quality Pioneer car audio system that will make this and all other car rides a real treat for your ears. It will allow you to make various changes perfect for sing-alongs!
Pack tasty and healthy snacks
If you’re planning on getting your snacks on in the plane, you must know that many airlines reduced their meal and snack service. Also, gas station snacks are usually overpriced and unhealthy. So, make sure to pack various, nutritious snacks for your kids.
Think about safety
You can never know what kind of emergency can befall you during your vacation, so pack various medication and supplements. Getting a small first aid kit is also a great idea and so is bringing your medical record with you.
Set a souvenir budget
If you often have to deal with your kids yelling “buy me this, buy me that”, make sure to give each kid their own souvenir budget. This way, they will spend their money the way they choose knowing there will be no additional cash. And, once you entrust them with this responsibility, you’ll be surprised how savvy your kids can be with cash.
If you pack appropriately, bring plenty of snacks and prepare fun games to play on your vacation, you’ll have an unforgettable family trip. You’ll barely be able to wait until your next family adventure!