Ten Family Travel Tips

Ten Family Travel Tips
Family fun in Jamaica

Even though family vacations are supposed to be fun, they are also stressful and chaotic. It's helpful to develop strategies to minimize stress. Thanks to trial and error, the following reminders help us.

  1. Safety is number one. Make sure everyone is hydrated, accounted for and protected from the sun. Our pediatrician assured us we could bring our newborn to Jamaica. We kept him in the shade in his car seat under the sun shield.

  2. Create a must-pack list with items such as phone chargers. Save it for future reference to help avoid forgetting necessities. Pack related items in zip lock bags and have extra plastic bags just in case...

  3. Carry extra changes of clothes during transit in case anyone gets sick or has a diaper blow-out, which also requires extra diapers and wipes.

  4. Always have extra snacks handy.

  5. Try to stay focused on your goal to have fun. Hope you get to enjoy the sunset and experience other simple pleasures.

  6. If you travel with small children by plane, feed them anything from milk to lollipops during ascent and descent so their ears don't pop.

  7. Protect against UV rays with sun glasses, hats, and long sleeves and pants when possible.

  8. Distract kids so they don't fight or fuss with books, stickers, puzzles and apps/videos on phones or other devices.

  9. Try to schedule flights when your kids should be sleeping.

  10. Identify a reward to motivate your family such as a swim in the pool after a long drive (that was my parents' trick) or ice cream after a long challenge such as a hike.

The good news is that every family adventure gets easier with planning and practice. What helps your family travel run smoothly?

Best wishes for safe and fun family travel! XO

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