Having just returned from our vacations, reflecting on what makes a vacation easier with a family is just about the best information we can share! Because, let's face it, traveling with kids can be hard. I saw it at the airport, the rental car terminal and even the beach. Children get tired, they need to eat and it doesn't help when things don't go as planned.
So, today we're sharing just a few tips to make those travel days a little easier!
Download favorite shows or movies to your devices. This is especially helpful when driving or flying, because wifi is not always available. Having an hour or two of entertainment can be a life saver. We found that even our vacation rental did not have the most reliable wifi, so we were glad to have a few options on our tablets. This option is available on both Netflix and Prime.
Pack hard-to-find items. When we travel for our weekly beach trip, we do a big grocery haul on our way to the condo (where we have a full kitchen). However, sometimes it's hard to find unique ingredients or favorite sunscreens at a distant Walmart or Target. So, pack that special seasoning and your best zinc oxide in the luggage before you go!
Pack a brand new adult coloring book. This is fun for kids and adults. I saw teenagers on our plane with these, so I'm pretty sure it works for all ages! Here's a new one we just got!
Card Games. A few of our favorites are Sushi Go, Uno, Rummy and Blink. I was sitting outside on our patio having my coffee this week, and heard the familiar sounds of Sushi Go coming from the unit downstairs, so I'm pretty sure it has some universal appeal.
Google Maps. We all know the virtues of Google in getting us from place to place. But this year, when we had a lot of time to kill between checkout and our flight, we used Google to stumble on a small children's museum on the way to the airport!
Use a cooler as a carry-on. This is a newer concept I saw everywhere this year! For all of you with a Yeti or Columbia tote cooler, using it as a carry-on is a great option for traveling and when you arrive at your destination. Throw in a couple of small can coozies, and your drinks will stay nice and cold!
It's okay to eat at odd times. When we travel, sometimes it doesn't make sense to eat three squares. So, we embrace brunch and "linner" as needed. It's fun for the kids when you give it a name and make it a vacation experience.
Now, I'm off to go and get some groceries in the fridge and some laundry in the washer!
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