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How To Prevent Family Holiday Disasters

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Summary:
Everyone knows that traveling with children can make your trip that much
more fun and exciting—or that much more difficult. Many a holiday
disaster can occur whilst traveling with (especially young) children.
However, although it is more than likely that your vacation will at least
be somewhat more stressful with kids than if you were simply traveling
with just your sweetie or a group of friends, there are things you can do
and keep in mind to avoid a family holiday disaster ...


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family holiday disasters


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Everyone knows that traveling with children can make your trip that much
more fun and exciting—or that much more difficult. Many a holiday
disaster can occur whilst traveling with (especially young) children.
However, although it is more than likely that your vacation will at least
be somewhat more stressful with kids than if you were simply traveling
with just your sweetie or a group of friends, there are things you can do
and keep in mind to avoid a family holiday disaster and keep your
vacation as stress-free as possible.

If you have a baby, try waiting until he or she is at least four months
old and somewhat more established with feeding, changing, and sleeping
routines. You likely will be breastfeeding every three to four hours with
a long stretch at night rather than round the clock, which will make
things much easier for you during a holiday, and help prevent a baby
holiday disaster. Waiting will also come in handy if you’re driving to
your vacation destination—with a six- or 10-month-old, you won’t have to
stop every hour to nurse and diaper change.

Avoid a toddler-related holiday disaster by planning sensibly and
appropriately for the trip. Planning age-appropriate vacation activities,
lots of things for them to do during the trip there and back (books,
favorite toys, a new toy, videos, coloring), lots of snacks, time for
naps during your holiday, and scoping out nearby washrooms for the newly
potty-trained are all essential for avoiding a holiday disaster. Pack
along extra diapers and lots of changes of clothes in case there is a
potty “emergency” and there’s no toilet in sight. If you’re driving to
your destination, plan to make plenty of stops along the way for washroom
breaks.

Holiday disasters with older kids can be avoided simply by doing some
advance homework about what the accommodations, restaurants, attractions,
and activities are really like and really involve. Also, look for places
and things to see and do that are kid-friendly. For example, a regular
hotel with a pool, snack machines, breakfast buffet with cereal, toast,
and orange juice, private bathroom and a T.V. in the room works far
better than a “quaint” bed and breakfast with no kids’ activities, canopy
beds, breakable antiques everywhere, “fancy” breakfast foods, and shared
bathrooms.

No matter how old your kids are (or if they range in age from six months
to eight years old), follow these quick seven tips to avoid holiday
disaster and vacation hell:

- pack well (lots of activities, snacks, diapers, and changes of clothes)
- research your destination thoroughly
- choose kid-friendly accommodations and activities
- think convenience over speed and even frugality for travel with kids
- do some driving at night
- have a bathroom plan for all the young potty trainees in your family
(generally for kids ages two to five)
- plan for less, and take it slow

				
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