Traveling with a family is fun and rewarding, but it also requires patience, flexibility and a lot of planning. Here are some tips that work in my family for easier travels.

  1. Don’t tell the kids you are traveling until you have to.
  2. If you are taking the kids out of school, speak to their teachers and get work for them to do during travel times.
  3. Keep a travel wallet that contains emergency contact information, insurance cards and travel ID.
  4. Order any necessary foreign currency from Foreign Cash Online, and have it delivered to your home or airport.
  5. Store travel toiletries in a large ziploc bag so you can just transfer it to the suitcase rather than packing them each time.
  6. Make a packing list for the kids, so they can gather everything on their own (but be sure to check it later because sometimes they miss items).
  7. If your hotel or vacation house has laundry facilities, pack laundry detergent and go home with freshly laundered clothes that can be put away.
  8. If you are traveling outside of your country, purchase a cell phone plan for at least one phone so that you can always be reached if necessary.
  9. Download the appropriate airline app so you will be notified in any flight delays or changes right away.
  10. Do not schedule every minute of your trip. Downtime is important too.
  11. Share your itinerary with someone staying behind, in case of emergency.
  12. Check in for flights from home, and print your boarding passes.
  13. Leave for the airport earlier than you would when traveling alone.
  14. Develop back-up plans for everything from transportation to meals to activities.
  15. When things don’t go as planned, go with the flow!

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Sheri McDonald is a family lifestyle blogger who has been sharing her parenting and travel adventures online for the past eight years. You can find her discovering the world with her children when she's not at home enjoying a good book.


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