Are you thinking about taking a much-needed family vacation, but are worried about the stress of all the planning that goes into it? There's no need to worry too much about every little detail. The following are 5 helpful tips I use and have found immensely helpful when planning vacations for my family.
1) Are you wanting to make sure your family is well-fed, but are worried about the cost and their overall nutritional intake? Be sure to encourage your family to eat a healthy and hearty breakfast before embarking on your next family adventure. If there is simply not enough time for a full breakfast at home, keep in mind that many Orlando hotels offer a complimentary breakfast available every morning that is included in your room rate.
2) The travel crankiness I have had to endure in the past with my family is often unbearable. I have found that allowing your family plenty of rest before and during travel completely cuts out the tension lack of sleep may cause. If you are aware your travel time will be estimated more than a few hours, a nap on the way to your destination is utterly helpful.
3) Often times, even after I have fed my family a filling breakfast, a few hours into the ride I will hear an orchestra of "Mom, I'm hungry". If you want to avoid this, it is important to pack ride-along snacks that will keep fresh during traveling. Snacks such as peanuts, raisins, and trail mix are perfect for long travels.
4)If you decide to stop for a meal with your family, opt for a sit-down restaurant as opposed to a fast food restaurant. This allows you time to discuss with your server exactly how your meals are prepared, as well as allowing quality family time outside of the car. Make healthy decisions even if you are at a fast-food location. Sometimes we just want to get to our destination but you can still grab something nutritious!
5) The sun's UV rays are at it's worst during the summer. If you are planning a summer trip with your family, always remember to pack plenty of SPF 15 sunscreen. The hottest and most harmful times of the day are between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m., and sunscreen should be applied at least every two hours unless otherwise instructed on the bottle.
Following these 5 simple tips will help to ensure your family has a fun and safe vacation. Never stress too much over planning, though some planning is necessary. As an experienced mom of two children, I have been through the ringer when it comes to road trips and family vacations. After I discovered these tips, not only did my family vacations go over smoothly, I was able to relax a bit more and actually enjoy myself! I hope these tips help to make your next vacation one the whole family will never forget.
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