Going on a family vacation means creating some of the best memories you will ever have. But from planning out the perfect destination, saving up the money to get there and taking the trip itself, it can become a headache rather than an enjoyable time. That is, if you set off unprepared. Packing up an entire family and getting them to your chosen destination is a big task, but if you take it step-by-step you’ll see it’s not that hard at all and you will be able to get there without any hitches. Here’s how:
The sooner you start planning everything out, the easier it will be for you to get everything done. A few months in advance, you should start looking at locations and modes of transportation. If you have small children, you should stick to places that you can reach with your car, because it will be most comfortable for everyone involved. A week ahead, you should start packing the essentials and slowly preparing your family for the trip. If you get a surprise opportunity to go somewhere within the week, you should focus on packing and preparing a little bit every day, rather than leaving everything for one day. This way you ensure that you won’t forget anything and you won’t be stressing out the day before your trip.
Take care of the home
You want to have peace of mind while you are away, which means you have to be sure that your home is secure and taken care of while you are away. If you have any plants, you need to either install a drip system that will keep them hydrated during the trip or have someone come over to water them. If you have pets, you need to either bring them with you, have them stay with a friend or family member or drop them off at a daycare center. You should make sure a friend or neighbor comes to visit at least once per week to make sure everything is okay and call the post office to stop your mail to make sure it doesn’t look like the house is empty.
Make it fun
If you have kids – and even if you don’t – you want to have fun during your trip. The journey is just as important as the destination and you will have to find ways to entertain yourselves along the way. Start with the most important thing: music. Make a playlist of all of your favorite road trip songs and get a high-quality digital car radio so that you can listen to music, sing some karaoke and have a party. Of course, you need to be careful not to distract the driver and you need to plan out other entertainment, like word games or tablets with cartoons and movies.
We don’t need half of the things that we bring with us on vacation. But, especially when you’re traveling with children, you want to make sure you’re never stranded somewhere without all the necessities. Let your kids choose which clothes they want to bring and pack in a separate bag all the necessities you use every day. Bring some basic medication but keep in mind that you can get all basic supplies nearly anywhere you travel.
The most important thing you have to remember is that nothing will ever go exactly according to plan, and that you have to stay flexible. Expecting everything to be perfect will only leave you feeling like you’ve failed at something, so make sure you put having fun above making everything perfect, and you should be able to have a great time relaxing with your loved ones.