Know before you go: Important spring break tips for family travelers
With Spring Break around the corner, it always helps parents
to know a few tricks of the travel trade.
Seamless family vacations are possible if parents think ahead with
organization and preparation. Here are
Five Tips to make Spring Break Travel with kids less stressful this season:
1. Try to take the kids out of school a day early or return a day late (if your children are not yet in middle school and won’t miss any major tests/work). I am a true believer that you will find fewer crowds and less hassles traveling on the “off” days. Plus, you can usually find a deal on flights.
2. Don’t check bags. Try to keep it all to one carry-on per person. (This will save you money as well.) Your list should include: flip flops, a few suits , T-shirts and cover-ups. What more do you need? (Unless you are going skiing, in which case I suggest packing a giant duffel and stuffing as much as possible inside. ) Roll your clothes to make some extra room. I also suggest packing a mild hand-washing detergent for delicates like swim suits that you can wash in your room.
3. Pack small games or sports equipment. Our family favorite is the underwater UNO cards. They are made of hard plastic so they can get wet at the pool! Sitting by the pool is a great time to learn how to play backgammon, checkers or chess too. I also suggest bringing a baseball glove or an easy-to-pack Frisbee. The beach is a great place to work on your throws.
4. Pack water shoes. You never know when a sharp shell with be hiding in the sand. Protect little ones’ feet with waterproof beach shoes.
5. Bring quarters in a small change purse. Many beaches still have metered parking lots and quarters are never easy to find when you land that perfect spot! Plus, even if you can put the parking on the credit card, the coins can serve as an extra bonus if your kids are collecting state quarters.
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