Integrated Family Community Services 3370 South Irving Street, Englewood, CO 80110-1816 Ph: 303-789-0501

6 Family Vacation Tips When You Have Kids

Enjoy your travels even more with these wonderful suggestions. Here are six family vacation tips you should know about when you have kids. Pay attention to this advice. Considering COVID-19 or not, you will be more prepared for traveling with your children. Plus, your family will be able to have a blast while vacationing together.

Make a Budget and Stick to It

Be certain you create a budget. But don’t just create a spreadsheet and not reference it again. Track your expenses while you’re on the road, too. It requires very little time from you when on your trip.

Remind your family that the budget must be followed. Of course, you might find a few reasons for impulse purchases while traveling. However, make sure your children know well in advance of what will and what won’t be permitted. You prevent a lot of unnecessary complaining from your children. You also mitigate your chances of spending too much.

Search for and Secure Family Discounts

By reading this advice today, you well are on your way. It’s very important for you to plan in advance as much as possible. But when it comes to pre-travel strategizing, looking for and purchasing family discounts should be at the top of your checklist.

An online search reveals many coupons and promotions that might entice you. For example, Groupon and other online companies provide you with various discounts you can score. Your particular places of interest, including attractions like theme parks and your preferred lodging accommodations, might have steals for you, too. Reach out in advance to see about discounts that could be of interest to your family.

Utilize a Personal Travel Concierge

A specialty plan my trip provider could work wonders for you. Have you ever utilized a personal travel concierge before? It could be a game-changer for you if wanting a stress free family vacation.

Taking your budget into account first and foremost, these professionals are trained in securing you the best deals. Plus, they work to ensure your accommodations will be perfect. Every angle of your family vacation can be covered.

Pack Plenty of Healthy Snacks

You will save money when you bring along your tribe’s favorite snacks. Plus, you rule out your family eating too many unhealthy treats while on your way to and from your destination. Even if you are traveling by air, you should place some go-to favorites in your kids’ backpacks that they bring onto the airplane.

If you’re heading out by car, the last thing to pack should be an ice-chest. Place plenty of water and other healthy drinks like juice in it. Load up on fruit and sugar-free candy, too.

Plan How to Keep Your Kids Entertained

Make sure your children don’t get bored by while traveling. No matter your preferred mode of travel, each of your children should have a backpack with their favorite items in them. Be certain they bring along headphones so they can listen to music and watch movies without you having to hear the audio for the millionth time.

For those of you hitting the road, determine your pit stops in advance. Know when you plan to pull over and allow your kids to get out and run around. Also, think about points of interest they could enjoy en route to your destination.

Don’t Forget Your Medications and other Safety Necessities

In addition to bringing go-to over the counter medicines and everyone’s prescriptions, have a backup plan if something were to happen to those items. Use a checklist to mark off necessities, too. If you’re traveling by car, make sure you have your roadside emergency kit stocked.

Also, bring along important emergency contact numbers. Should you lose your smartphone while traveling and need to reach your pharmacist, for example, you need to know that number. Pack hand sanitizer and sanitation wipes, too.

Enjoy Your Time Together

Whether you’re concerned about safety due to something unusual like the coronavirus pandemic or not, the tips above can help you. Be certain you don’t forget these suggestions. Share them with your family, too, and ask them to take an active role in preparing for your adventure. Enjoy your time together and may you create many wonderful memories together.

Tim Esterdahl

Find Us on Social Media

Key Sponsors

Integrated Family Community Services is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization.

Financial Accountability

IFCS’ Tax ID # 84-0579740