Planning a great vacation can already be a bit stressful… but traveling with kids? Forget it. It can be difficult for parents to pack all the right things for their kids, get them in the car so they don’t miss their flight, or just keep them entertained on long trips.
However, with the right tips and tricks, you can make your journey a lot easier. In our new GH+ Survival Guide for Traveling with Kids, director of the Good Housekeeping Institute, former flight attendant and parent Lori Jennings shares her best family travel strategies, simple tips and more from her years of experience. Whether you’re traveling by plane or car, you have young or old kids, or you’re traveling with kids for the first time, these simple tips will make your next vacation unforgettable (in a good way).
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Set a false deadline to leave the house.
You can tell everyone what time you want to leave the house, but leaving on time can be the hardest part. One proven strategy for success is to set an alarm for leaving time and schedule it 15 to 30 minutes earlier than you really need to. Don’t worry, your secret is safe with us!
Build your own survival kit.
Mess. Smell. Ugh. Every parent knows the nightmare of an unexpected vomit holiday. Help yourself and everyone in your family by bringing your own vomit-cleaning kit. Include paper towels, pre-moistened wipes, plastic bags, and more. extra clothes for your child as well as for you. And don’t forget jackets, shoes, and socks, which usually take up the bulk of the clutter but are often forgotten in the extras department.
Buy tickets for attractions before you travel.
When visiting a museum, zoo, theater performance, or any other popular attraction, always check the website before purchasing tickets. Tickets purchased in advance online are often cheaper than buying tickets at the door. It also probably means that you can go straight in instead of wasting time in a long queue at the entrance. Also, some popular destinations are so busy that they require you to book your date in advance, so if you know you want your family to attend a hot ticketed event, book as early as possible to avoid disappointment.
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