Oftentimes, there isn’t anything negative said about going on vacation. I mean, it’s a time to relajarte y gozar! You’ve worked for it, so it’s your time, and no one can tell you otherwise. Well, at least this is how vacations felt during the single years. However, vacationing with the family is another story.
Don’t get me wrong, going on vacation with the family can be wonderful. After all, exploring the world with those closest to you is always magical. But it can have its downside, and the amount of preparation you do before a vacation will determine its success.
If you’re like me, the talk of a family vacation elevates your stress levels. Will this one finally be the dream family vacation you’ve always envisioned, or will it turn into en un super show?
Creating that dream vacation is what is so stress-inducing. The great news is that it’s possible.
The following are some tips you can do to ensure your vacation flows smoothly and everyone on board enjoys themselves.
Planning to the ‘T’ is key.
As soon as you and your family choose the destination, you need to start planning. Do not, and I repeat, DO NOT leave it for the last minute. It will bite you harder than you can handle in the end.
Many find it easiest to keep a list, whether digital or a physical one, handy.
Talking about lists, make sure it’s pristine.
Being that there are so many factors to a trip, you can’t write everything a lo loco. You want to make sure it’s organized, and everyone that makes part of the trip can understand it. Perhaps, use headings for your list. You may want to write the ticket information first, then everything involving lodgings such as the address and the contact number of the place, and continue to break everything down in that same manner. For instance, break down the activities by date, time, and duration.
The essentials can be vital.
The essentials include plenty of water and the itinerary of the day. However, it is also vital you pack chargers, a backup battery (if possible), and some food to hold off the family while you’re out. Don’t pack large food items, though. Keep it light and not bulky; granola bars and crackers with cheese (or hummus) go a long way.
Don’t forget about emergencies.
Whenever I hear about disastrous family vacations, it is usually due to an emergency and the lack of preparation for it. So, in order to avoid that, be three steps ahead of it. For example, keep numbers of local hospitals handy and over-the-counter medicine in your travel bags at all times. Such medicines should include headaches, nausea, fever, and allergy. If someone in the family is heavily allergic to something, bring an Epi-Pen, too. It might seem excessive, but you never know what can happen on foreign grounds. Better yet, pack a first-aid kit just in case. Also, don’t forget to pack wipes and alcohol or hand sanitizers.
Nevertheless, remember that perfection doesn’t exist. Something is bound to go wrong, and that’s just life. But instead of stressing over it, take a step back and realize that these moments with your family are fleeting. Enjoy your family and their time as much as you can because one day, those will be your best memories.