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Get Organized For Family Vacations

List of essentials to organize for family vacation

When you are planning on traveling with your family, you’ve simply got to up the ante; it’s no longer just you that you are responsible for, but your whole family’s comfort, safety and thrill are now at stake.

So, to get properly organized, you need to be smart in your planning and cover all the basics. To help you do just that, we’ve put together a list of the essentials you need to think about whilst packing for your upcoming vacation.

Preparing for a family vacation
Before you leave, gather all of your essentials for a family holiday or trip.

Have a family meeting

Prior to actually starting packing you should all sit together and brainstorm on things you are planning on doing once you arrive to your destination; further, talk about what everyone is hoping to experience there, where to go, how crazy they are planning to get, etc. Once you’ve got that sorted, you’ll have at least a close idea about what needs to find its way to your suitcase.

Fun on a family vacation
When you plan well and organize your family vacation,
the only thing left to do is care-free holiday fun.

Medical and hygiene supplies

No matter where you are going or how long you are staying, packing up the basic medical supplies is an absolute must. From allergies shots, band aids, aspirins to thermometers, your kids’ medicine, antiseptic cremes and insect cremes, you want to pack stuff that you may urgently need and have them at your immediate reach. Naturally, if you are traveling by plane or going on a cruise, have a stash of travel sickness remedies!

Naturally, bring all you need for your daily hygiene; tooth brushes, toothpaste, shampoos and soaps (only bring one that everyone can use - just to save the space), wet wipes, dry wipes, cotton swabs and a makeup removal tonic.

Travel light on your vacation
To ensure that your travel vehicle is in good order,
visit your car mechanic before you go on your family trip.

Don’t over-pack

While everyone is thinking going on a vacation is the perfect time to flaunt all their new, wonderful wardrobe, truth is – most people get so consumed with all the new experiences and all that’s to be taken in, that they forget all about clothes! And honestly, you want to go and have fun, not think about what you’ll be wearing the next day. To avoid over-packing of things you most probably won’t even get to wear, bring your favorite clothes you feel most comfortable in. Same goes for your partner and your kids – clean underwear, a few shirts, a pair of pants and you are done! To save space, don’t fold the clothes but role it – you may even manage to bring just one suitcase for all!

Enjoy your family trip
Going on vacation in a campervan is another great way to travel with your family for holiday fun.

Bring gadgets

No, we are not encouraging scrolling through your phone or your kids spending the entire trip on their tablets – not those kinds of gadgets! We are talking about brining your camera, video camera and, sure, a phone that you’ll have close by in case of emergencies.

You are probably going to have an amazing time on your vacation and you want to snap as many photos as you can, and capture your kids laughing, exploring new areas, sights, surroundingsā€¦ videos that you make will be a lifetime memory you’ll probably get sentimental about and play it on your kids’ 18th birthday party celebration. Also, don’t forget to bring charges!

Keep your family holiday memories
Remember to bring your camera or mobile phone to record family holiday memories.

Go to the mechanic

If you are traveling by car, the crucial thing to do prior to embarking on your trip is to pay a visit to your mechanic and ensure even the smallest of “issues” are repaired. After all, safety must come first, no matter how excited you are about this upcoming vacation! Further, in case you don’t already have it built in - ask your mechanic to install GPS Navigation in your car – you don’t want to get lost!

We hope we’ve helped out with the advice provided and that you’ll have an amazing time on your trip!

All above images courtesy of Creative Commons

Diana Smith

Author bio:

Diana Smith is a full time mom of two beautiful girls and a passionate traveler. In her free time she enjoys exploring new and exciting destinations with her family.

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