Planning for Spring Break with kids can be stressful. Take these steps to ensure you and your family will have a relaxing, fun vacation, without raising your blood pressure!
Spring Break is on the horizon! The kids are ready to have some time away from school for a bit and are looking for a fun adventure to occupy their time. What better time to take a family trip then Spring Break? The kids are more than half-way through with the school year, you’re ready to get out and about and enjoy some family time. On top of that, everyone in the house is feeling that cabin fever and looking for a change of scenery. Sounds like a Spring Break trip is just what the family needs! If you want to make a Spring Break trip happen, here are some ways to start preparing and planning now so you’ll be ready to go once that final school bell rings.
Choose a destination
- Decide as a family where to travel for Spring Break. What if one person wants a beach, while another wants to go skiing? To make the trip happen, it all comes down to communication with one another to make the best decision for the family. Make a list of places that each person wants to visit, and start talking through them together.
- Be real about the possibilities. One detail to factor in is the distance of the choices. For a vacation, let your little ones know that the longer the trip, the more time in the car and the less time enjoying the actual vacation. While the choice needs to be agreed on by the family, it’s important to point out that a trip to one location may take 8 hours of travel, while a trip to another may only mean 2 hours in the car. These little details matter!
Plan vacation activities
- Once a destination is agreed on, let the planning begin! Decide on how many days you will be staying in the area, and start researching on all the fun things that each of you wants to do.
- Make up a menu for your travels. Buying food on the road is so expensive. It’s hiked up in price for that wonderful “convenience” fee. Take out that extra expense and head to the store before your trip. Stock up on snacks, beverages, fruits, and veggies to eat during your trip. Another great idea is to pack a couple of small coolers with sandwiches to eat along the way. You can always hit the grocery store again to restock once you arrive at your destination.
Figure out your budget
- Set and communicate the budget for the trip. It’s always a good idea to let everyone know the budget for the trip. That way, there aren’t any surprises along the way if something is too expensive to do or enjoy. Begin planning on ways that you can keep that budget low so that money can be spent on fun outings and activities!
- Make certain to pay all bills and other important matters before you leave for your trip. Have your mail put on hold, and let your neighbors know that you’ll be headed out of town for the next several days. That way, if anything happens they know that they can get in touch with you easily via your cell.
- Pack clothes accordingly for your trip. Don’t overpack! Check out the weather for the week for where you are headed and pack based on the forecast. It is also wise to pack an extra jacket and set of warm clothes as well just in case Mother Nature decides to throw you for a loop. She can be tricky like that sometimes!
- Have your children pack a small bag of toys and books that they actually want to take. This is key. Don’t you try to pack and guess what they would want. Let them make the choice of what to take, and give them the bag for them to put it in. That way, they know how much space they have, and they can then choose the toys that they will want and find interesting.
It’s time for Spring Break with kids!
- Relax. Take a breath. You’ve done a great job planning and preparing up to this point! It’s time to double-check your packing and make certain that you haven’t overlooked and left out anything. You can almost guarantee that something will go wrong. You’re on Spring Break with kids. All you can do is prepare as well as you can and enjoy the ride.
Give yourself a hand! You and your family made a choice of where you all want to visit for Spring Break, and then you all worked together as a team to prepare to make it happen. Now that the hardest part has been done, it’s time to relax and get excited about your upcoming Spring Break trip!