Family Vacation Planning:
7 Steps to the Perfect Holiday
For me, Family Vacation Planning is just about as fun as taking the holiday itself! And if you have planned well, rather than at the last minute, you minimise things going wrong. Like forgetting the tent poles, running out of gas and having the car airconditioner break down on your first day of the holiday! Yes, it has happened to me. So this is how I now plan for my family vacations.
1. TRAVEL / DATES: When are you going and returning and by what form of transport? If you are travelling a fair distance with children you may want to plan and prepare some car travel games.
2. DESTINATION: Where are you going? Write down the places you are hoping to get to. It’s not always easy deciding on a place that makes everyone happy though. He wants serenity, she wants good shopping. He wants to read a book, she wants some action.
To improve your family vacation planning, read through some of these different
Family Vacation Ideas
to get inspiration to satisfy everyone’s needs!
4. COSTS: You can itemise these into the following categories and make an accurate estimation of each. Make sure you do your research well so the amounts are as accurate as possible.
For example, if you are driving, work out how many kilometres you will be travelling to and from the destination. Don’t forget to allow for miles travelled during that time. Then work out how many tanks of fuel that will be and how much it will cost.
A family vacation becomes very stressful if you run out of money before you get home. Having fun on your vacation doesn’t have to be expensive though.
Check out these cheap vacation activity ideas
5. BOOKINGS: Make a list of all the companies you will need to make bookings with: car hire, flights, hotel, caravan park etc…and their contact details.
6. PACKING: Under this section, make a list for each member of the family and think about what they would need day to day from each room of the house. Less is best so learn to give items a few different purposes if possible.
Obviously the list will vary depending on your accommodation type but here are some areas to think about when planning what to pack on the family vacation. It’s good to make these lists permanent. Keep them in your Family Planner as they will make organizing your next family vacation much easier.
Family personal items:
Kitchen: (cooking, cleaning, food, matches!!)
Laundry: (buckets, pegs, ropes, washing powder)
Bathroom: (soap, towels)
Bedroom: (bedding, pyjamas!!, pillows, mattresses)
Shed: (chairs, table, stove, lights, torches, tents, outdoor gazebos)
Special Activity needs: (eg. boots & backpack for hiking), CAMERA!!
If you would like some of the work done for you then check out this comprehensive
CAMPERS CHECKLIST from the Organized Womans Family Planner.
An important item a friend of mine has started to always pack is what she calls her "Surprise Bags". They are a great distraction for children. This is just one of the items that I think you should include in a
Holiday Travel Survival Kit.
Family Travel Resources
To take your family vacation planning further check out theses sites...
Kids London Guide:
The Kids London Guide tells you all about the best attractions, restaurants, hotels and more for families so you can enjoy fun days out in London with children.
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