Top tips for planning family getaways

Lifestyle Tuesday 04/April/2017 19:55 PM
By: Times News Service
Top tips for planning family getaways

Planning a family weekend getaway gives everyone something to look forward to and provides a much needed break from your daily routine. Of course travelling with children isn’t always easy; but with a bit of research and some advanced preparation you can help ensure a fun few days no matter your destination.

Weigh Where to Stay
Accommodations are a key consideration when travelling with little ones. A hotel might be the best option — many offer family discounts and are often centrally located to key sight-seeing destinations. Look for options that offer suite set-ups so you have more space and amenities like microwaves in the room or free breakfast which help you manage meal times. Don’t overlook a home or apartment rental. Many of these dwellings are filled with toys child-friendly sleeping areas and a kitchen so you can make your own meals.

Combat Hunger and Boredom
Flights and car rides leave a lot of time for tantrums to brew. Head off hunger by packing portable less-mess snacks and a few unexpected special treats to hand out when meltdowns are imminent. Make screen time more of a reward than the go-to activity when travelling. Download movies, charge electronics and keep batteries on-hand for moments when you need a change of pace. Mix things up or kick the trip off with some simple games. “I Spy” and “20 Questions” are easy entertaining and free ways to keep kids engaged while in transit. Try giving each child a chance to pick their favourite song to play or look for magnetic games that let kids play without losing pieces.

Travel with Lightweight Gear
Little legs tire out quickly. Whether you’re exploring a new destination or simply navigating a bustling airport terminal you’ll want to bring along a stroller specifically designed for travel. Choose one that is lightweight easy-to-use and equipped with features that will keep kids comfortable. Being able to fit your stroller in the overhead means less stress with restless kids while you wait at baggage claim. The one-handed compact fold and backpack-style carry bag leaves hands free to tend to children.

Finally the durable lightweight front wheels can be set to swivel for obstacles or locked for longer distances making it easy to travel wherever you go. Kids will stay comfortable thanks to the multi-position reclining seat and the extended UV50 canopy offers sun protection.

Maximise Suitcase Space
Packing is key but you don’t want to end up with too many bags or luggage that is burdensome to carry. Save space by rolling clothing rather than folding. This also helps minimise wrinkles. When possible choose items that pull double duty such as a jacket that turns into a travel pillow or a shirt that repels bugs. Family getaways are great bonding experiences and a chance to lift everyone’s spirits. With some advanced planning the right parenting gear and well-researched travel arrangements you can make the trip more fun for everyone.