What I Learned from Vacationing with Grandchildren
A vacation with grandchildren can be exhilarating, fulfilling, and frustrating. If you’re planning an upcoming trip with your littles, here are five things I’ve learned from traveling with grandchildren.
My granddaughter began traveling with us (quite by accident) at the tender age of three weeks. Since then we’ve included her in most of our family adventures. Here are five things I’ve learned from traveling with grandchildren.
1. Overpack. Remember the saying to only pack half of what you think you will need? That doesn’t work with small children! Babies, toddlers and preschoolers are messy. No one plans on their child spilling something at every meal or running into the Gulf fully clothed during a walk. It’s better to have a supply of extra outfits and diapers handy than to spend time shopping for new clothing or finding somewhere to wash their outfits if your beach lodging isn’t equipped with laundry facilities.
2. Bring their favorites. No matter how excited the kids are about their vacation, they’re in a different environment than home. Bring a favorite toy or book to help them feel secure. Remember their favorite snacks or treats might not be available, especially if they have food allergies. I always pack a small bag of allergy-friendly treats before we leave home.
Family-Friendly Dining in Gulf Shores and Orange Beach
It’s dinnertime! Gulf Shores is famous for its family-friendly vibes and its dining scene is no exception. Kids love the yummy beach eats and fun island atmosphere -- the perfect recipe for some happy little eaters! #GSOBeyw