Friday, May 17, 2013

5 Simple Ways To Make Your Family Vacation Fantastic

5 Simple Ways To Make Your Family Vacation Fantastic

Traveling with your family is an adventure. Before you start packing, you need some helpful tips to make your journey worth the time and effort.  Here are five ways to travel with your children so they feel happy and safe!

1. Always Eat Breakfast

Most vacation days are long. Sometimes it’s tough to know when you will be eating lunch in the afternoon.

Before everyone storms out the door to begin the day’s events, encourage your family to eat a large breakfast. Since breakfast is the most important meal of the day, your children will be in a better mood once they’ve eaten a nutritious meal.

2. Try To Keep Their Routine

Children need their sleep. During your vacation stay, your family will be adjusting to a new place. You’ll find that your child will sleep easier when his or her environment is as close to the one at home as possible.

Pack your child’s sheets, blankets and pillows in your luggage. Bring along a noise machine, pacifier or favorite stuffed animal that soothes your child at night. Take a few favorite books they enjoy reading before bedtime just in case. When you recreate their normal sleep environment, they will drift to sleep faster. Keep in mind also that when searching for a place to stay, most Orlando hotels offer quiet hours to ensure that your family gets a solid night sleep!

3. Wear Comfortable Clothes

When you’re traveling, it’s best to plan for temperature adjustments. During a plane flight, the temperature changes very quickly.

If you dress in layers, you’ll be prepared for any climate change. Make sure you’re wearing clothing that’s comfortable and stretchy. It should be easy to put on and easy to take off. A loose sweater can always be removed.

4. Eat In

Instead of stopping by a fast food establishment, opt for a sit-down experience. You may spend more time eating at a restaurant, but you’ll eat healthier and get the opportunity to ask your server how the food is prepared.

Fast-food restaurants rarely serve healthy options when you look at the ingredients they use. Ditch the extra calories and sugars that your body doesn’t need by taking the time to eat a healthy meal! However, if you must make a quick stop, do your best to make healthy decisions at fast food establishments.

5. Use Sunscreen

Be sure to stash enough sunscreen for everyone in your suitcase. If you’re traveling anywhere near the equator or a high altitude, you might not be prepared for the intense sunlight from the late morning until the late afternoon.

Use a broad-spectrum sunscreen on your skin and apply it every two hours after sweating and water exposure. It should be at least SPF 15.

A little planning and preparation goes a long way. Relax and remember that the most important part of your vacation is making memories your family will treasure.

Kendra Thorton is a former Orbitz Director of Communications and promoted into full time position in the care of Motherhood. You can follow her online for more tips on Twitter: and her Website: