Monday, June 3, 2013

Guest Post: Travel Light, Travel Safe with your Family!

For those of you in the northern hemisphere, summer break is coming and with that many families start thinking about taking holidays and trips with their families. Today, I am bring you a guest post from Kendra Thornton, a mummy of 3 who used to be the Orbitz Director of Communications, giving her a unique perspective on travelling the world!

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Travel Light, Travel Safe With Your Family!



When the summer rolls around, I love the chance to hit the road with my family in tow! As a full time mom, I know what it takes to get the show on the road when the warm months hit, and what I've learned over the last several years is that I just need to let the little stuff go.


Tip 1: Feed Them First


The thing that we as parents need to keep in mind is that our kids are little powerhouses of energy, and that means that they need calories to function. If you are wading into the theme park crowds, make sure that you feed them something before you go in. This also prevents you from dealing with those exorbitant prices for food at the theme park!

Tip 2: The Burning Sunday


Repeat after me: SPF 15 every two hours. This is the bare minimum of what your kids need to avoid getting roasted. Keep the sunblock on you, and use it regularly.

Tip 3: Pad the End


If you're like me, you definitely experience a bit of a sigh when you get back. Well, you're definitely not alone, and there are plenty of kids that get a bit sad, upset and antsy when they have to go back to school. Consider making sure that your family has a day to lie around the house and just recuperate after you get back. This puts everyone in a much better temper!

Keep in mind also that when you are on your trip most Orlando hotels, a popular family destination, ensures a quiet hours policy at many of their locations. This helps kids get a solid night’s rest to avoid the crankiness from lack of sleep while you on your trip and keeps them fresh and back on schedule for when you get home.

Tip 4: Dress Light


Unless you are headed out to ski, remember that light clothing is going to serve you and your kids well. Most places are warmer than they are cold, and if your kids are sitting there in clothes that are too warm, you cannot blame them for getting fussy! Choose clothes that are lightweight and which will dry quickly, as you never know when you are going to get caught in a summer or spring storm!

Tip 5: Bottled Only, Please!


I don't like to be a worrier, but I don't let my family drink anything but bottled water on airplanes. The EPA has been reviewing the water tanks on airplanes for E. coli for the last six years, and some planes fill their water tanks in countries with sanitation standards that are different from what we are used to.


There's some real magic to be found on vacation, and you won't find it by over-planning and worrying yourself down to a frazzle. You can kick back, relax and still stay healthy with these great tips!


 

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