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7 Tips For Parents Vacationing With Young Kids

Everybody loves vacationing. Sitting back, relaxing, enjoying some good food and seeing some new places is something that everyone looks forward to. Traveling with your family, in particular, is something that can strengthen the bond that you already have, and can help you make beautiful memories. However, most parents, especially ones with smaller children tend to shy away from the idea of traveling, particularly because they think that they won’t have as much fun on an entire trip. If you are traveling with smaller kids, finding a good balance between activities and relaxation is always important. Here are some tips that can help you have a better travel experience:

1. Slow Down

Sometimes, we want to pack as much as we can into one vacation. This means spending every minute of the day doing something productive. However, tiring your children out will only make them cranky. Consider slowing down or breaking up your outings and give your kids some time to recoup. Break up the monotony of the trip by having a mixture of activities to do. For example, if you are visiting a museum on one day, consider spending the next day by the pool for some good ol’ fun in the sun.

2. Ask Your Family What They Would Like

If your children are over the age of three, ask them what they would like to do on vacation. More often than not, the idea of fun that you have in mind might not always be the same as what they want. Take their opinions into consideration, and who knows, you might find something incredibly fun to do.

3. Be Flexible

Sometimes, a vacation doesn’t always go as planned, especially when traveling with smaller kids. Remember that you can always act on the go, and don’t be upset if things don’t go the way you wanted them to. You are there to spend quality time with your family, and that is the most important of them all.

4. Pack Smarter

It is always important to pack smart when going on a trip to make the entire vacation a lot easier. For example, if you are planning a vacation in Texas for the summer, you don’t want to carry warm clothes that would make your bags heavier to carry around, especially with smaller kids.

5. Try An All Inclusive Resort

All-inclusive resorts are the best solutions for young families because they tend to have something for everyone. They generally give the kids enough activities to participate in, and adults ample time to relax and enjoy themselves. More importantly, all-inclusive resorts tend to be cheaper for young families, making them a great option.

6. Set A Viable Budget

Vacations, especially with kids can sometimes be a costly affair. With all the meals that you have to pay for as well as the activities that you want to partake in, you are going to end up spending a sizeable amount. Set a budget and a plan of action to ensure that you don’t go too overboard on the spending.

7. Bring Along Some Comforts

Children can sometimes get homesick when they are on vacation, and the best way to keep them happy is to bring something from home that they are attached to. It could be a few toys, a blanket or even their favorite pillow.


  • Tamra Phelps

    Based on my youngest nephew, I would say make plenty of pool time. When they recently went on vacation, he insisted on his morning swim, his afternoon swim and his evening swim, lol. Kids really love waterparks, pools, beaches!

  • Lauryn R

    These are great tips, thank you so much for sharing! We have three kids 9 and under and traveling is always a mission! It is so much fun going places with them though, I am so excited to continue to take more road trips the older they get! 🙂

  • Dawn D.

    Traveling with children can and will be as much fun and enjoyable as YOU make it.
    If you want an ‘adult’ vacation – LEAVE THE KIDS AT HOME!‍♀️