Guest Post: 5 Quick & Easy Travel Tips for Families by Kendra Thornton

5 Quick & Easy Travel Tips for Families!

A family vacation can provide pleasant memories that your children will treasure for the rest of their lives. A family travel trip can also become a nightmare that everyone involved struggles to forget. While it is important to not over-plan a vacation, taking care of a few details ahead of time helps ensure that you enjoy a positive outcome. These five savvy travel tips can help make sure that you’re ready to take your family act on the road and enjoy an experience that everyone will cherish for years to come.



Tip 1: Fun in the Sun – Even brief exposure to bright sun can increase cancer risks later in life, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Pack up sunglasses and sun-shading hats for every family member and load up on sunscreen that has at least SPF 15 and both UVA and UVB protection.

Tip 2: Family Fuel-Ups – For family road trips, bring along an assortment of healthy snacks designed to satisfy sweet and salty cravings. Scoop trail mix into sandwich bags for portion control and easy eating. 100-calorie snack packs let you appease a sweet tooth without overloading the kids on sugar.

Tip 3: Theme Park Tips – When taking on an all-day excursion at a theme park, save money and keep everyone energized by enjoying a hearty and healthy breakfast before entering the park. Family resorts like those at Walt Disney World and many Orlando hotels often include a full family breakfast in your room rate. I use Gogobot to sift through family-friendly reviews to find these great little added amenities!

Tip 4: Sleep-Over Strategies – Fatigue and lack of sleep have been the downfall of many a family vacation. Encourage your little ones to sleep tight by bringing along a familiar item or two from home, such as a special blanket or favorite bedtime storybook. Schedule “family nap time” into your daily vacation schedule.

Tip 5: Cleanliness Concerns – If air travel is part of your family vacation, bring along plenty of antiseptic wipes. Airplanes typically aren’t cleaned until they reach their final destination for the day, so you’ll want to protect your family from accumulated germs and grime. Avoid using “airplane water,” even in the bathroom, as the airline may have refilled their water supply from questionable sources. Hand sanitizer is a safer option.

A positive outlook is the most important thing to bring along during any family vacation. If you react to any delays, disappointments or mishaps that may occur with a shrug and smile, your family will likely follow suit. Keep your focus on the real goal of any family outing, which is to enjoy quality time spent together, and you’re sure to shore up your share of pleasant memories.


Author Bio:

My name is Kendra Thornton. I am 37 and a mother of 3. Before being promoted to the full time position of mommy, I was the former Orbitz director of communications where I was able to travel all around the world.

I’ve personally been to 28 countries on 6 continents and have been quoted in the news about seasonal travel trends and destinations all over the United States.  I love to write about travel trends and tips, and I love sharing some of my favorite tips on how to travel in a peaceful and balanced mindset. Whether it is packing the right snacks to stay energized or even taking your yoga practice with you on the road – being prepared ahead of time can keep you away from those unplanned stressors! If you would like more of my tips, reach me here….



Kendra Thornton


  1. we really love spending and having fun in the water, so i just gotta have to pack a bunch of sun screens. me and our family are planing to visit to Sao Paulo. we haven’t decided where to stay though. I’ve found a hotel list maybe gonna check it from there.