Sensible Family Travel Advice
Family Travel is always fun but can also stressful with all the unexpected events that might happen. Taking a vacation with your family can be a fun way to spend time with the people you love. It can also be a great way to teach your children about historical places around the world. However, preparing for a vacation with children is much different than taking a trip with your spouse. There are many more things that you need to keep in mind in order to ensure the safety of your children. Hipmunk’s guide to the best hotels in Rome can help you find some places that offer family discounts. Here is some sensible travel advice that can help you on your next vacation.
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1. Bring a travel first aid kit
Children are more likely to get minor cuts and scrapes than adults. Because of this, it is a good idea to always pack a first aid kit whenever your children will be coming with you on a trip. You should make sure the kit contains bandages, gauze, surgical tape, safety pins, painkillers, disinfectant spray and a few cold packs. Obviously, if your child suffers a serious injury, you should seek professional medical attention. However, you should be able to take care of the minor injuries yourself.
2. Do not fold your clothing
Since you will be traveling with more than two people, you will be bringing more clothes with you. If you want to avoid bringing a large amount of bags with you, one of the best ways to conserve space is to roll all of your clothes into the shape of a tube. After you do this, you can simply stack them on top of one another. You will be amazed at how many more pieces of clothing you will be able to fit in your bags by rolling instead of folding.
3. Bring a collapsible hamper
A hamper is one of the most common items that most people do not think about bringing with them on a trip, but they end up needing it. Collapsible hampers can be purchased for only a few dollars and they will be worth their weight in gold, especially if you are bringing children on your trip. A family is going to accumulate many dirty clothes during a vacation. Therefore, you will need a place to put all of them. You do not want to simply pile them on the floor of your hotel room. A hamper will allow you to keep your room cleaner. It will also give you something to carry your clothes in when you take them to the laundry room in the hotel.
4. Bring a sink stopper
This is a very simple item that can be useful for a number of reasons. It is important to bring your own because most hotels will not provide one for you. If you want to give your children a bath, you will need something to stop the water and fill up the tub. Also, if you plan on washing some of your children’s clothing items in the sink, a sink stopper will allow you to do this.
5. Buy a TSA luggage lock
It is common for TSA officials to open bags during random security searches. If there is a lock on the bag, they will need to cut it off. In these cases, you will need to buy a new lock. However, TSA agents can open TSA locks with a universal key.
This article was written and provided by Fiona Moriarty of Hipmunk, the ultimate platform for all your travel needs.