Today we have a guest post from Kendra!
Before I take my family on vacation, I try to plan ahead. I make a list of things that we want to do, and I also make a list of things that we will take with us. This includes meals that we will eat while on vacation and ways to have a safe and healthy trip. It is always a good thing to do a little pre planning ensure that ideal family vacation!
1. Sleeping Well
When my family goes on a vacation, the amount of money spent on the room does not compare to the sleep that my family gets. If my kids are not in a good mood, then we cannot do anything during the day. They are tired, and they want to sit down all the time. One of the things that I make sure of before we go to a hotel is that the beds have comfortable mattresses and environment is peaceful. This helps when we go to amusement parks and other fun attractions like aquariums and miniature golf courses.
I enjoy using travel sites like Gogobot to sift through reviews to find great little tips and tricks that will be best suited for my family. I found a great list of Orlando hotels that helped me narrow down to where I wanted to stay in Disney World. I found a place that offered free continental breakfast along with a quiet hours policy!
In order to keep my children nourished while we are out for the day, I pack snacks in small bags the day before. I don’t like packing things that will melt because we usually go on vacation in the summer. Items that I use include crackers, peanuts and pretzels. These last the entire day, and I know that they are healthy. I also pack water bottles to keep everyone hydrated.
3. Wash Hands
One thing that I encourage is washing hands. After we leave any attractions, and while we are there, I always make my children wash their hands with soap and water. If we are not near a bathroom, they use hand sanitizer that I carry on my bag. A survey conducted by the SCA found that four out of ten adults do not wash their hands as much as they should. I do not plan on being in this percentage.
4. Make Room
A vacation is a time to rest and relax. When I book a room, I try to get one that has two separate areas so that my children have the bedroom, and my husband and I have the living room. My children can watch television, color or play with any small toys that they take with them.
5. Stopping Often
While we are on vacation, I like to walk as much as possible. I try to get my family to stop at benches so that we can sit together and take pictures, or we will stop and get a treat to keep us cool before heading to our next destination.
If I plan my vacation before we leave, I know that I have everything we need to have a fun and safe trip. My children enjoy a schedule, even if it gets rearranged while we are there, and they know what is expected on the trip.
Kendra Thornton: Travel advocate, TV spokesperson, PR businesswoman, proud wife and mama of 3. I am a long time travel expert who has been packing my bags and traveling the world since I was 3 months old! I’ve found my utmost desire in life is right here in my own home. I have mixed my excitement for travel by bringing the taste of authentic cuisine to my own home with some of my unique recipes and sharing some of my personal traveling tips. Enjoy!