Traveling with family is much harder and expensive than traveling solo or as a couple, being with your family will mean that no expenses are spared. Time will have to be divided well to ensure that you do not spend too much time doing one activity while forgetting about the others. It will have you trying to cram the other activities in a few days causing exhaustion for you and your family. The best thing to do is to go on your adventure in the morning when you are all feeling rested, then spend the lazy afternoon doing little stuff with the kids around the hotel you have rented.
Always make sure the kids get enough resting time, carry for them coloring books, games they like to play and a few of their favorite toys with them. This will keep them occupied for long periods of time, otherwise they would be using this time to stress you by being moody or crying for mundane reasons.
Renting a hotel suite or an apartment depends on the number of kids you have, it also depends on your estimated travel expenses. If you cannot afford a two-bedroom hotel suite, it’s advisable to book an apartment that has a laundry machine and kitchen appliances. This will reduce the overall cost of buying takeout and paying money to get the laundry done. Little kids require time to be invested in them, henceforth you need a good night sleep to ensure that you have the energy to keep them occupied the next day. Choosing a two-bed apartment instead of two bedrooms will disturb the children especially if your partner wants to have a conversation during the night, or they want to watch a movie together, in turn the children will be cranky the next morning.
Booking car travel and an apartment before traveling will save the family time that would have been spent waiting for a cab or looking for a hotel that isn’t fully booked. The children will be tired and fussy, your partner may be in a bad mood too, it’s therefore more advisable to make the plans before time. Call to confirm everything the night before you travel to avoid inconveniences after arrival. Hiring a car for the period of time the family will be on holiday will help curb the expenses involved in using public transport, every time your family wants to go somewhere. Kids causing a temper tantrum when alone with family is preferable to public vehicles where people might cast judgey eyes.
Carrying your children’s medications when traveling and forgetting something as important as an epipen can cause an emergency that might cost your child’s life. If possible, carry travel medical insurance for the whole family, so that when an emergency occurs, you won’t be stuck and helpless. Know your family’s likes and dislikes, what food triggers which disease or if they have allergies, once you know all this, it will be easy to pack the necessary items for that trip. Visit a doctor before traveling to make sure that no family member has an ailment that hasn’t been discovered or can be triggered by attitude.