Happy Tuesday everyone! I want to introduce you to Kendra Thornton: Travel advocate, TV spokesperson, PR businesswoman, proud wife and mama of 3. Kendra is a long time travel expert who has been packing her bags and traveling the world since she was 3 months old! Kendra has taken her excitement for travel and brought it to you with some of her favorite travel tips and tricks. You can follow Kendra on Twitter for more tips here! Enjoy!
If you're like me, you're probably aching for a fun escape this summer. Hanging around the house can get tiresome, especially if the kids are bored, whiny and have nothing to do but play videogames. It may be late in the season, but there is still plenty of time to schedule an amazing trip that will allow your family to spend quality time together. However, if you want to avoid any hassles, it's important to be prepared before you go.
1. Prepare for the Unexpected
We all like to hope our flight will never be delayed, but it's certainly possible. Prepare for this unpleasant roadblock by strategically packing your carry-on bags to include things like money, wetnaps, snacks, favorite toys, diapers and any essential medications that you may need. If you miss a flight due to a delay, the airline will put you up in a hotel until another flight is available. Make sure you are ready for any potential delays like this by having these items on hand and not all packed away in checked luggage.
2. Pick a Place That Offers Fun for Young and Old
To ensure that you have the best time possible, pick a place that has something to offer both the adults and the children in your group. Many resorts have excellent kids camps, offering fun activities such as swimming, crafts or even horseback riding. Also check for things like if the hotel room has a refrigerator so you can store food and safe some money by not eating at a restaurant for every meal. I used Gogobot to search through a great list of Orlando hotels, and was able to find one that offered my entire family a free continental breakfast. This will give you a little time off to relax in the sun by the pool or enjoy a romantic dinner with your spouse.
3. Document The Fun
Family trips are all about creating memories, so be sure to pack your camera, memory card and plenty of batteries. If your kids are old enough, give them a camera of their own and encourage them to practice photography, or simply purchase a few disposable cameras for the little ones to play with. Not only will you have fun taking pictures during all of your activities, but you can also make scrapbooks together after you return home.
4. Bring The Right Food
While traveling, always stick to the same brand of baby food that you normally use. If you purchase a new brand when you get to your location, it could potentially upset your child's stomach or cause an allergic reaction. If you do want to test out a new travel food, such as squeezable baby food packs, test them out at least a week before your trip.
5. Follow a Familiar Routine
Kids thrive on routines, and vacations can be a major disruption to their eating and sleep schedules. Don't neglect naptime just because you're out of town, or you may have to deal with the consequences. Before you leave, decide on a schedule for napping, snacking and meals, and stick to it.
I hope these traveling tips are pertinent to your travels this summer! Remember to have fun, and be safe!
Reference 1: Prepare for this unpleasant roadblock by strategically packing your carry-on bags to include things like money, wetnaps, snacks, favorite toys, diapers and any essential medications that you may need.
Reference 2: I used Gogobot to search through a great list of Orlando hotels, and was able to find one that offered my entire family a free continental breakfast.
Reference 3: If your kids are old enough, give them a camera of their own and encourage them to practice photography, or simply purchase a few disposable cameras for the little ones to play with.