(StatePoint) Fall is a busy time for both parents and kids. Planning a family weekend getaway gives everyone something to look forward to and provides a much needed break. Of course, traveling with children isn’t always easy; but with a bit of research and some advanced preparation, you can help ensure a fun few days no matter your destination.
Weigh Where to Stay
Accommodations are a key consideration when traveling with little ones. A hotel might be the best option - many offer family discounts and are often centrally located to key sight-seeing destinations. Look for options that offer suite set-ups so you have more space and amenities, like microwaves in the room or free breakfast, which help you manage meal times.
Don’t overlook a home or apartment rental. Many of these dwellings are filled with toys, child-friendly sleeping areas and a kitchen, so you can make your own meals.
Combat Hunger and Boredom
Flights and car rides leave a lot of time for tantrums to brew. Head off hunger by packing portable, less-mess snacks and a few unexpected, special treats to hand out when meltdowns are imminent.
Make screen time more of a reward than the go-to activity when traveling. Download movies, charge electronics and keep batteries on-hand for moments when you need a change of pace. Mix things up or kick the trip off with some simple games. “I Spy” and “20 Questions” are easy, entertaining and free ways to keep kids engaged while in transit. Try giving each child a chance to pick their favorite song to play or look for magnetic games that let kids play without losing pieces.
Travel with Lightweight Gear
Little legs tire out quickly. Whether you’re exploring a new destination or simply navigating a bustling airport terminal, you’ll want to bring along a stroller specifically designed for travel. Choose one that is lightweight, easy-to-use and equipped with features that will keep kids comfortable.
For example, global stroller brand, Baby Jogger, just introduced the City Tour, designed specifically for on-the-go families. This compact stroller weighs only 14 pounds and is small enough when folded to fit into overhead bins and car trunks. Being able to fit your stroller in the overhead means less stress with restless kids at baggage claim. The one-handed, compact fold and backpack-style carry bag leaves hands free to tend to children. Finally, the durable, lightweight front wheels can be set to swivel for obstacles or locked for longer distances, making it easy to travel wherever you go.
Kids will stay comfortable thanks to the multi-position reclining seat, and the extended UV50 canopy, which offers sun protection. To learn more visit BabyJogger.com.
Pretty soon family time will be all about cozy days indoors. Opt for a destination that offers plentiful opportunities for taking advantage of the weather while it’s still nice.
Apple picking, leaf peeping and hayrides are ideal for young kids, as are easy hikes and zoo visits. Do your research to ensure your vacation will get you outside and remember to pack weather-appropriate gear.
Family getaways are great bonding experiences and a chance to lift everyone’s spirits. With some advanced planning, the right parenting gear and well-researched travel arrangements, you can make the trip more fun for everyone.