How to take the stress out of family vacation time
Going on vacation is supposed to be a chance to destress, but for many of us travelling with children, it can be the opposite. Stressed drivers can cause road accidents, which is why it’s worth leaving the bad driving to other road users (see a company like this car accident lawyer from Oakland if you have been affected) and starting our trip stress free. Let’s find out how…
Before you leave …
There’s three things you need to consider before you leave your home if you want your family vacation travel time to be as stress free as possible.
First, failure to plan to leave early means you’ll be lucky to even leave on time. Children take forever to do anything. Ask them to put their socks on and about 20 minutes later you’ll have maybe one foot in an inside-out sock. Plan to leave early, or you will be late.
The second thing is that you need to pack snacks. Looking after a child is like looking after a cat. They sleep a lot, they want to climb on things, and they eat and poop about 17 times a day – and they don’t know when they’re going to need to eat or use the bathroom, but when they do need either of these things, it’s something of an acute emergency.
Thirdly, the airport isn’t fun for kids. Despite the opportunities to people watch, plane spot, and fill your carry-on luggage with purchases from the duty-free, they want more. You need to pack headphones and a tablet loaded with entertaining things (e.g. their favourite movies).
Pre-book everything (and we mean everything)
There is nothing worse on the face of this planet than being on vacation with bored children (who are minutes away from tantrums) and nothing to offer them in terms of a change of scenery or plans to look forward to that day. As much as you might think that simply being in a hotel away from home with perhaps a pool and a beach at your feet would entertain your children for 15 hours per day for a full week or two, you’d be wrong. Children can’t entertain themselves. They need constant direction and constant change, or they become grumpy and they lose their cool.
Book at least one activity per day as soon as you can. Try to book the activity for the afternoon, to fill the gap between lunch and your evening meal. You can take a boat trip. You could tour a castle or some other site of interest. Maybe there’s a water park. Maybe there’s a theme park or a zoo. Whatever is nearby, book it. Even if you think something won’t necessarily be the most fun thing you’ve ever done as a family (like minigolf, for example). It’s advisable to have the plan and fill the time than to have no plan and find yourselves with nothing to do for that gaping 5-6 hour period between midday and evening.