It might still be winter, but spring will be here before you know it and soon after the summer. If you’re like most families, summertime is vacation season, which means it’s probably a good idea to get a jump on vacation planning now, rather than waiting until the warm weather has already arrived.
We’ll leave the itinerary and other details up to you and your family, considering it’s your vacation. With that said, here are some vacation planning ideas which most families will find useful regardless of where they end up spending their time off:
Depending on their age, your kids will likely be given some spending money on vacation. The only problem with that is kids tend to lose things, especially when they’re out of their element and distracted as they often are on vacation. Moms and dads can insure against this possibility by handing out prepaid debit cards instead of cash. That way, if Timmy misplaces his Iron Man wallet, it doesn’t mean he’s also out the 20 dollars he’d been saving since Christmas.
Many families enjoy having custom t-shirts made to commemorate an upcoming vacation. Given the ease in which parents can buy the same color Gildan G200 ultra cotton unisex t-shirt in different sizes and custom print them at home, it’s no surprise this trend has caught on so fast. Having everyone wear the same shirt on the same also has its advantages if headed to a theme park or other busy place, as it allows parents to keep a better eye on their flock as they move through the throngs.
Kids tend to want to pick shoes based on how they look. Whether or not they are comfortable is a secondary concern. Assuming there will be lots of walking during your family vacation, consider taking the time to find your kids a comfortable pair of shoes for walking around in. Attempt to compromise regarding the style they prefer, but make comfort the priority.
Photo identification, social security cards, and passports should be copied already just in case the originals are lost or destroyed, and new copies need to be ordered. If you haven’t already done so, make copies of all important documents for those who are going on vacation and bring these copies with you. Store them in a safe and discreet location in your luggage and hotel room. These can come in handy in the event one of your children becomes lost or if original credentials are misplaced while on vacation.
Consider installing a home security system before embarking on your next family vacation. They’re increasingly affordable and high tech, enabling users to monitor their home in real-time via smartphone. If someone approaches your doors or windows, a notification is sent to your device even if you’re hundreds of miles away. More sophisticated systems even allow you to remotely unlock your door to let people in to check on the cats while you’re out of town.
It might still be cold outside, but the warm weather months will be here before you know it and with them, the time of year for most families to plan a vacation. Save yourself the trouble down the road and start planning your summer vacation now.