Thinking of taking the family on a vacation? A little planning can help keep the kids occupied and safe, and keep you sane on yourfamily trip. Take moment to read our list to help make your trip more enjoyable for everyone!
- Remember to choose a location that is kid-friendly. Look for a resort or cruise line with lots of activities, a kid’s program and kid’s menu. Our vacation expers can recommend the best destination, cruise or resort for your family.
- Consider an all-inclusive resort, a cruise or a condominium/suite to control extra expenses.
- When staying in a hotel, request “connecting” rather than “adjoining” rooms. Adjoiniing rooms are side by side, but may not have a door that connects the rooms to each other. Remember that requests are just that..and NOT generally guaranteed until arrival.
- Allow extra travel time.
- When traveling by car or on a long flight, be sure to bring your child’s favorite toy or book and a snack. Pack a “goodie bag” with a new book or small toys to distract a cranky child on a long flight.
- Include older children in the decision-making process.
- When flying, book nonstop or direct flights to avoid the hassle of a long layover and changing planes.
- Give children a brief description of where they are going and what to expect so they will feel more comfortable with their new surroundings.
- Allow “down time” for everyone during your trip.
- Try to maintain the child’s sleep cycle. Don’t plan activities too early or too late if your child doesn’t usually keep that schedule at home.
- Pack a one-day supply of clothing and necessities in a carry-on bag in case your luggage gets lost.
- Keep our phone number handly just in case an unexpected situation arises.
If your family is flying, please know that every person, regardless of age, must undergo screening to proceed beyond the security checkpoints at airports. Even babies must be individually screened. You will not be asked to do anything that will separate youf rom your child or children.
Screeners are specially trained and understand your concerns regarding your children. They will be approached gently and treated with respect. If your child becomes uncomfortable or upset, you will be consulted about the best approach to resolving your child’s concern.