Summer travel is here and our parenting expert has some simple suggestions that you might take to heart while planning your family’s excursions and trips.
From the git-go, you know the kids are going start asking for goodies (and keep asking) the entire trip. Two weeks before leaving, assign them age appropriate “chores” so they can earn an allowance. An allowance is great because the kids get excited about having their own money (they have earned), and you won’t have to break your bank during the trip.
While packing always remember less is always more. Pack things you know the kids will wear versus what they may look good in. The last thing you want to do after returning from vacation is a bunch of laundry.
Never forget the sunscreen! Regardless of where you’re going its always important to keep you and your child’s skin protected. The higher the SPF the better and remember to reapply sunscreen every couple of hours, especially if you are in the water. Everyone should have a hat and sunglasses too!
On the day you leave, have your kids wear comfortable shoes you know they can walk in easily. There can be lots of walking involved in travel so its important to be as comfortable as possible for the best experience. Even if you live in the desert and can’t imagine wearing a sweater in the summer months, if you’re flying always bring something to cover up your arms on the plane or restaurant just in case!
Put down the electronics. Kids can be very observant. This is quality time your kids will remember forever. Don’t worry about posting on twitter/facebook or sending that email. Enjoy your vacation with your family without the distractions!
5 Simple Tips for Summer Travel with Kids:
- Have them earn their own spending money a couple of weeks leading up to the trip
- Remember that less is more when packing!
- Pack the sunscreen, hats and sunglasses for everyone!
- Wear comfortable shoes and take a sweater!
- Put down the electronics!