Blogger Jodi Grundig’s Family Travel Magazine was recently voted #1 in the Best Family Travel Blogger Reader’s Choice Awards by 10Best by USA Today. Check out her expert family travel tips and recommendations on which Tuesday Morning items are essential for your upcoming spring break vacation.
Preparing for Spring Break
Whether your kids get vacation in March or in April, spring break is a great time to get away and enjoy some quality time today. Before you pack your bags and head out the door, it’s important to prepare for your spring break vacation. With a little bit of advance preparation, you can absolutely have a successful family vacation.
1. Choose your destination
If you haven’t planned a vacation yet, there’s still time! There are lots of last minute travel deals available, and with lower gas prices, you may even get a great flight deal. Keep in mind that you can also drive to your chosen destination, and save money on flights and a rental car.
If your kids are old enough to participate, definitely get the involved in choosing your vacation destination. Ask what type of vacation they’d prefer (beach, theme park, museum, city, etc) and research specific options. If your first choice is too expensive, put it on a list for another year.
2. Get the right travel gear
You’ll definitely want to have the best travel gear possible to make travel easier. If you are flying, purchase a brightly-colored or patterned piece of luggage, which will make it easier to spot in the luggage claim area. With increasing checked luggage fees, I like to check one bag and bring the rest in carry-ons. This is much easier if your children are old enough to wheel their bags.
I keep a hanging vanity case always stocked with my travel-sized items like toothpaste, deodorant, and cosmetics. That way, it’s always ready to throw in my suitcase. To follow TSA rules, put toiletries in a carry on bottle kit, which makes them easy to transport.
When I travel, I always pack a portable charger that can be used for my kids’ devices as well as my own. That way, you’ll never be without essential apps that you may need on your adventure.
3. Pack for the kids’ journey
Each of my kids carry a small backpack with their personal items. I have them pack their electronic devices, headphones, stuffed animals, travel pillows (for long journeys), and entertainment. Travel-sized games, journals, coloring books, and reading books are great to keep the kids occupied on the trip, and at your destination. Also bring along a water bottle, which can be filled up once you are past TSA security, and used throughout your vacation.
4. Be prepared for your destination
Be sure to also pack for items you’ll need at your destination. If you are going to a public beach, for instance, you’ll probably want to bring along beach mats and beach towels. Sunscreen is almost always a necessity in any warm location, and bug spray is also good to have. We also bring along some small balls to play with in the park or on the beach, as well as snorkels and masks.
Once you are prepared, you can depart on your adventure, knowing that you’ll have everything you need. Now it’s time to have fun, make new memories, and bond as a family.
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