If you’re traveling this holiday season, here are some tips on how to get out of the house in one piece!
1. Start with a plan—but be flexible
No matter where you’re going or how you’re getting there, it’s always helpful to have an idea of what you’d like to do when you arrive. But remember, things rarely go according to plan — especially when kids are involved. So, build in some flexibility and be prepared to change your plans on the fly.
2. Keep everyone fed and hydrated
Hangry children are cranky children, so make sure everyone has had a good meal before embarking on your travels. It’s also a good idea to pack snacks and drinks for the journey, so no one gets too hungry or thirsty en route.
3. Pack wisely
When packing for your trip, consider what everyone will need and try to pack light. Keep in mind that you can usually buy anything you forget once you arrive at your destination. Whenever possible, choose accommodations that offer access to laundry machines. And don’t forget the essentials like passports and travel insurance.
4. Make the most of your time
If you only have a limited amount of time at your destination, make sure you make the most of it. Do some research beforehand and come up with a plan of action so you can hit all the highlights. And if possible, try to travel during off-peak times when attractions are less crowded.
5. Be prepared for anything
From missed flights to lost luggage, there’s a lot that can go wrong when traveling with family. It pays to be prepared for anything and everything. Make sure you have all the necessary contact information on hand in case of an emergency and consider getting travel insurance for peace of mind.
6. Slow down and enjoy the journey
It can be easy to get caught up in the hustle and bustle of travel but try to slow down and enjoy the journey. Take time to explore your surroundings, ask questions and just soak up the experience. After all, that’s what travel is all about!
7. Take photos early, document details
Make sure to document your travels. You’ll want to look back on these memories for years to come. Take photos, write down key details in a journal and save a few key mementos such as tickets stubs and postcards. When you get to a new location and feel fresh and fabulous, take a few great photos. You’ll be much happier snapping shots at the start of when you get everywhere rather the end of the day and end of trip when people start to look and feel a bit more exhausted.
Margot Black is a Los Angeles-based travel writer, mom and founder of Black Ink PR.