Family Vacation Tips

family_vacationOne of our colleagues has launched him and his family on an Epic Journey across the country in the next three weeks. It will be a great chance for him and his family to spend time together. My wife and myself are also joining the rest of my side of the family for a week at the beach next week. Summer is a great time for family vacations, memories that can last a lifetime.

Family vacations are a great way to spend an extended amount of time with your kids and to help them see and experience everything this life has to offer. Family vacations can also be nightmares of planning and exhaustion, of backseat fighting and the incessant, never ending question of ‘are we there yet?’. Here are some tips from us here at HackALife to help ‘crazy proof’ your family vacation, so that you can enjoy the time you have with your family.

1. Confirm your vacation reservation, including hotel, air, car, train, dining and activity reservations. A few phone calls before you leave can save you from vacation stress later on.

2.Pack as light as possible or consider shipping large bags, golf and ski equipment to your destination. There are services that will pick up bags at your home or at the office and deliver them to your destination by the required date.

3. Pack your camera and video equipment at least 24 hours before leaving your house. This way you can make sure that all the necessary batteries have been charged.

4.If you are flying, pack a small carry-on bag of essentials you can’t be without in case your bags get delayed.
If you are driving, make sure that you have a road atlas handy. You can also look up driving directions online before you go and find out approximate driving times.

5. Bring along individual refillable water bottles. These can be refilled at the hotel and at attraction water fountains. A family of four could easily spend $20 or more a day buying water.

Hopefully these tips can help you and your family enjoy the vacation experience. Happy Trails!

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