When I saw Wendy Perrin's tweet about winning a luxury family vacation by sharing a few travel tips, I immediately got to work and created an entry for the Conde Nast Traveler A-to-Z Family Travel Contest. Then I got to thinking about time and budgetary constraints in the year ahead and decided not to enter.
But then DH convinced me to enter because he doesn't think I'll win. Nice, right?
Anyhoo, here's a copy of my A-Z list of family travel tips. Note there is also a 200 word limit, so I doubled up on letters:
Always Bring snacks: hungry kids are crabby kids (same goes for adults).
Check Departure times: no one needs to get to get to the airport too early and you certainly don't want to arrive too late.
Eat Frequently (see item 1).
Give Hugs, especially after a tantrum or meltdown.
Install Just as many apps as you need to keep the kids occupied during slow times.
Know Limits for yourself and your children and don't push too far beyond them.
Many Nights you will wind up sleeping with your kids instead of your spouse. It's inevitable.
Occupy Personal space between your kids so they can’t poke/annoy/fight with each other.
Quiet Rest time each day renews body and spirit, especially when followed by a snack.
SomeTimes you need a break; that’s what kids clubs and babysitters are for.
Unnecessary Valuables should be left at home, but priceless “lovies” must come with and should be accounted for often.
With Xylitol, your teeth get protection; stick to sugarless gum while on the road.
Yaks, Zebras, koalas, squirrels, deer, naked mole rats—learn about the local fauna and flora wherever you go.
What are your favorite family travel tips?