Family Travel: 5 Tips For a Stress Free Vacation

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Traveling is fun, and a stress free vacation is even better. With summertime just around the corner, taking a family vacation is at the forefront of many people’s minds. It’s fun to take a break from the stress of work and school and just enjoy special time with your loved ones. Save yourself a lot of stress and worry by exercising these surefire tips for travel preparation!

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5 Tips For a Stress Free Vacation

1. Start the Day Right—Traveling to a theme park like Disneyland or Universal Studios? Make sure you start your day with something nutritious. It will give you and your family energy to enjoy the long day ahead of you. You’ll be standing in line, braving different temperatures, riding roller coasters and, if your children are on the younger side, pushing a stroller around.

Keep your body healthy by eating breakfast in the morning before you leave the hotel. Also, bring food with you or pick up something from a nearby eatery. If you are grabbing something on-the-go, still take the time to make healthy decisions at fast food locations!

2. Keep the Little Ones Fed—When it comes to keeping your children’s energy levels up during a vacation, there’s nothing quite as helpful as a snack. Keeping simple but tasty foods like apples, crackers, cheese, fruit leather, and the occasional piece of candy can do wonders. It keeps the kids entertained and fed at the same time. Plus, a little extra sugar wouldn’t hurt you, either.

3. Keep to a Schedule—Traveling the red-eye? Flying across the country with small children can be a difficult experience if you’re not prepared. Red eye flights can be great for small children because they sleep through the entire flight and it helps keep them on their regular schedule. But, red eye or not...keeping children on their normal schedule sleeping wise is key! While on your vacation keep in mind that many Orlando hotels in Walt Disney World offer quiet hours for ensuring a proper night’s sleep. Overtired children and fussy kids are not fun for anyone on vacation!

4. Keep Them Entertained—Driving across the state or the country can be a fun and memorable experience. To keep yourself and your family entertained, don’t be afraid to make frequent stops along the way. Rest stops and picnic areas are great places to get out and stretch your legs and let your children release some extra energy. You’ll experience a lot more of the country this way, too, when you stop and check out the destinations along the way.

5. Stay Clean—Lots of kids end up getting sick after they go on vacation; avoid this by taking preventive action. Keep your children healthy and well fed. Make sure they get plenty of sleep. Keep hand sanitizer in your purse and remind your children to wash their hands regularly.

Having fun on your family vacation doesn’t have to be stressful. With a little common sense and know-how, you can have a memorable family trip!

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Kendra Thornton

Kendra Thornton is a travel advocate, TV spokesperson, PR businesswoman, proud wife, and mom of three. She is a long-time travel expert who has been packing her bags and traveling the world since she was three months old. Her utmost desire in life takes place in her home where she uses her enthusiasm for travel by mixing authentic cuisine with some of her unique recipes and then sharing some of her personal traveling tips. Find her on Twitter or on her web site.





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Jill Greenlaw

Jill Greenlaw has a banking background. She gave that up 17 years ago when she got married and started having kids. She loved being a stay-at-home mom while raising her four beautiful children. A few years ago, Jill went back to work in sales. She is now working for the Mom It Forward team as their Community Manager. She loves her job. Her interests include camping, motorcycling, boating, photography, reading, cooking, and traveling. Put her in flip flops anywhere warm and she is happy.

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5 responses to “Family Travel: 5 Tips For a Stress Free Vacation”

  1. We find 3 restaurant meals a day is too many to be relaxing, especially for small children. We often bring breakfast back to the room to eat while Tiny Traveler watches cartoons and we get dressed and organized for the day. We’ll eat casual lunches picnic style (supermarkets with rotisserie chickens and outdoor markets are great sources for this) a few times on a trip. And we’ll even bring take-out back to our room if we’ve had a really long day or a more formal lunch. We do have 1 sit-down meal a day because it’s our vacation, too, and we want TT to learn to appreciate nice meals and to behave properly in nice places.

  2. Jill Greenlaw says:

    Great comments! We have a large family too and can’t always afford to eat out. We often do breakfast in our room, and pack a lunch to take with us while we are out exploring.

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