Planning a Perfect Family Vacation

Memorial Day is on the horizon, and school will let out soon for summer vacation. It’s time to think “road trip”! Family vacation travel can be enriching, enjoyable and exciting, but only if you’re organized. The family that fails to plan for summer travel can end up frazzled, frustrated and longing for the quiet comfort of home.

This year, get ready! Whether it’s car trips, plane travel or close-to-home “stay-cation” trips, here are some tips to organize your summer vacation travel.



What To Know Before You Go:

Establish Travel Central. Whether it’s a new divider in a household notebook, a dedicated section in a paper planner, or a vacation category in your handheld organizer, keep all travel information in a single location. Include contact information for airlines, car rental agencies and travel agents, passport and frequent flyer numbers, and itineraries.

Lighten the load, when traveling, less is more. For each family member, lay out all clothing and personal care items needed for the trip. Pack clothing, socks, underwear and personal items in zipper food storage bags to cut wrinkles, protect clothing, and organize suitcases.

Pack for children day-by-day. For easiest travel with kids, use large zipper food storage bags to pack a complete outfit for a single day. Tuck dirty clothing into the same bags at day’s end.

Take care of yourself! Put together personal care kits for each family member in a zipper bag or cosmetics organizer. Include sample-sized bottles of shampoo, shower gel, lotion and sun block.



On The Road

Getting organized for family travel doesn’t end when you walk out the front door! Try these strategies to keep the miles rolling … smoothly.

Pack the snacks! Airlines have cut back on meal and snack service, while roadside treats during car travel can be expensive and nutritionally unsound. Carry a small collapsing insulated bag and include a selection of healthy snacks to stave off the Cookie Monster.

Cut “buy me, buy me!” Use an envelope for each child, and deposit a small amount of cash earmarked for souvenirs at the beginning of the trip. Each child may spend the money in the envelope any way he or she chooses. Make it clear that there will be no more money forthcoming! When they control the cash, children become savvy souvenir shoppers. Most important have fun and create long lasting memories with your family. To book your vacation with us, visit our website: