Fabulous family vacations: a concept that sounds just so wonderful to the ears. Now, if you’re apprehensive about due to prior experience, you shouldn’t. You see, nothing is out of reach if you take the right measures.
When you vacation alone, you are free, explorative, and laidback. But, when you go on a family vacation, your outlook needs a bit of re-adjustment. We are not saying that it will be any less fun but still, changes need to be made.
With so many travel blogs highlighting the dos and don’t‘s of family vacations, we decided to compile a list of secrets that you can use to make your family vacations full of fun, cheer, and happy memories.
Wondering what those secrets are? Read on to find out.
Keep the energy high and do it all together
No vacation is going to be fun if even a single member of the family has low energy levels. So, the first thing that you should do is to amp your family members and get the energy levels soaring. The excitement among the children and your partner needs to be raised!
The other thing should be to make every family member feel included in the plan. Whether you are selecting the destination, picking out to be tourist spots to visit, or simply decide in which water activity to do – ask your little one as well as the not-so-little one about their opinions. This can be very helpful to make the vacation feel like a “family“ vacation. They feel respected and value as well!
Aim to travel light and include all essentials
If you are an over-packer, we have bad news for you: your vacation will have a considerably lower chance to be fun.
To remedy this, you need to remove any unnecessary clothing, accessory, or gear. But, traveling light doesn’t imply that you should go without the necessary items. For example, if you have a toddler with you, you should consider carrying a lightweight stroller that is travel-friendly and practical. In the same way, you should pack on the favorite snacks of your family along with sunscreen, bed bug spray, medicines.
There are several blogs that dictate the “correct“ way of packing to ensure that your luggage stays light without missing important things.
Look for rental opportunities
Speaking of traveling light, a great way to avoid ending up with too many toys and other baby items is renting.
You can look up for rentals around the area that offer the items that you’re looking for. This can include cribs, toys, high chairs and so on. Several hotels also after this facility and even if they don’t, they could give you the numbers of rentals that you can trust when it comes to quality and hygiene.
Avoid connecting flights and always say “I am sorry“
Traveling with children really changes the way you view flight seats and just the journey in general. While there is enough emphasis on the type of flight see that you should pick, people tend to forget that connecting flights also need to be avoided.
Children can get very restless in flights and considering the new environment that we put them in, it only adds more to the situation. Hence, when booking flights, try not to stop and avoid congested airports. If possible, fly during off-peak timings as it would be the best solution.
Also, be gracious around other passengers. Any disturbances that your child might cause could be irritating for other people on board. But, instead of being an ignorant parent, always be apologetic.
Childproof the hotel
The ever-curious mindset of children places them at a higher risk of danger or getting injured. So, the duty of childproofing the hotel lies on you. This can include outlet covers, plastic cabinet locks, or even duct tape. Being prepared can save your child and you from a lot of undesirable injuries.
Don’t hesitate in calling for room service
Many of us tend to avoid calling for room service because of the extra cost involved. But, sometimes it’s just worth it.
Your child might be tired from spending the entire day out and hence, could do well with the extra rest. Instead of waking him or her up and dressing them to visit the local restaurants, call the room service instead.
Make sure your child has taken their shots
If you plan on going on a vacation overseas, you should immediately schedule an appointment with you to work out the necessary vaccinations that your child should take. This can be really helpful to reduce the risks of contracting any diseases while you are out.
In addition to this, try to get your hands a doctor’s number and address as soon as you reach the hotel. This could be useful during emergencies.
Always have several sick bags handy
There is absolutely no guarantee that your child won’t get sick whether you are on the plane or have reached the hotel. so, you should have multiple sick bags as well as plastic bags with you in such cases.
In addition to this, always pack a spare set of clothing with you at all times – both for your child and yourself. Trust us, the need may arise and you don’t want to be unprepared.
There, all done! These are are some of the best secrets to help turn your family vacations from unpredictable and mediocre to absolutely fabulous and fun. The last trip from our side to you would be to keep an open mind. Always be flexible in your approach to quickly adapt as per the situation.
Just because something is not going the way you planned it to go, doesn’t mean that it needs to crib for. You never know, it may turn out to be even better than what you had expected.
Finally, here’s wishing you all the luck to implement the above-mentioned tips. Happy vacationing!