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Prepping Your Family For Holiday Travel

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With the holiday season around the corner, you may be one of the millions who are going to take planes, trains, boats, and automobiles to far-off destinations with their families, and as fun and exciting as vacationing is, it can be stressful and overwhelming as well. This can especially be the case if you’re traveling with children. While it’s impossible to control every little thing, it is possible to take precautions and help prep your family for holiday travel in order to encourage a successful trip, and the following can assist you in doing just that.

Have A Safety Conversation
The safety conversation is important, not just for the kids, but with adults as well. For example, make sure the kids understand that it’s imperative that they do not go off on their own and that they don’t talk to strangers. When it comes to adults you’re traveling with, make a pact not to go off individually if it’s at all possible. This is especially important if you’re going to an unfamiliar location. This can help ensure that everyone stays safe and can enjoy their vacation.

Get To The Doctor
If you’re traveling overseas, you and your family may be required to get various vaccinations. Additionally, if you or your family members are on medication, even if you’re just traveling domestically, it’s best if you go to the doctor and get a note that states that you’re allowed to carry the medication with you. While you’re at it, depending on how long you’re going away, check that you have enough of each prescription for the duration of your trip.

Pack Accordingly
Although packing for vacation isn’t the most exciting of experiences, it’s obviously something that’s necessary to do. Just remember to pack for the climate that you’ll be experiencing on your vacation, but if the weather will be different in both areas (such as snow where you live and the sun in the other), you’ll want to wear layered clothing while you’re in transit. For example, if it’s cold where you are and you’re traveling somewhere warm, you could wear a sweater onto the plane but wear a t-shirt or tank top underneath so you can easily pare down your layers when you get to your destination.

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Get the Family Involved In Planning
Kids of (almost) all ages can get involved in the vacation planning. For example, if you’re planning on going to some restaurants while you’re away, ask the kids what type of food they would like to eat. Discuss with them about different places you’d like to visit – museums, theme parks, beaches, etc – and let them know about all the fun things the family can do while you’re all there. When everyone gets involved in the vacation planning, it can really help it feel like a real family vacation.

Although planning and prepping for your holiday travel is stressful, keep the ultimate goal in mind: to have a fun, fantastic, and safe vacation with those you love the most.