Different kids have different needs (and so do the parents), and not meeting those needs can lead to frustration, exhaustion and hurt feelings instead of joy and fun memories. Don’t let that happen to you! Follow these simple tips for making your travels easier with kids, and you’ll come back in a better mood than when you left.
Have a Schedule
No sugar-coating this fact: Kids are not adults. Typically, kids cannot wake up early and stay up late. They need to be fed at certain times and take breaks at certain times, and it can get very tricky if you push the schedule a bit too far. For everyone’s sanity, having a schedule, even while on vacation, can help ease your mind as well as the child’s mind. Flexibility is important, but having a general layout of daily activities, breaks and mealtimes will help even teenagers feel a sense of organization on their vacation.
Take it Easy
In the same mindset of having a schedule, knowing the limits of your kids is crucial to a great trip. Planning activities is great, but sometimes you have to know when enough is enough. Rest and relaxation times need to be built into the vacation. Slowing down on occasion is good for everyone, including (maybe even especially) the adults. Renting a Gulf Shores beach house or Orange Beach condo can help with nap times and breaks from the beach. Many have their own section of beach, so it’s easy to return to the condo for a midday break.