Tips for healthy, safe summer traveling

Taking some time to plan ahead before you travel could be the deciding factor how much you and your family enjoy your summer travels.

As summer break approaches, make sure you have all of your travel plan kinks behind you before beginning your travels with children. Doing so ensures that the whole family will have fun and enjoy the vacation. Here are a few tips and tricks to help make your travel a little more enjoyable and less stressful.

Whether you are traveling within the United States or to another country, always remember to carry some form of identification (ID) with you (i.e. driver license, passport or a birth certificate for children under the age of 16). It is always important to have your ID with you. It is also always a good idea to have some extra cash on hand in the form of traveler’s checks in case you lose a purse or wallet containing credit cards. Travelers checks are extremely popular because if you lose them you can call your financial institution to have them replaced for free.

If you are traveling with small children, there is a chance that they will be very active and become very restless. One trick is to bring some books, toys and games to keep them occupied. You can also develop games to play as a family. Pack some snacks for everyone; this will cut down on the amount of money you have to spend on extra food. This also leaves you with more money to spend on the vacation. If you are in a car or on a plane, bring a portable movie player so you and the rest of the family can breeze through the time.

Make sure you pack all the things you will need. Don’t, under any circumstance, pack the day of departure. This will only increase your chance of forgetting something. Think about the activities you are going to do while you are away, and pack appropriately. If you are traveling with small children and you will be traveling to a very sunny place, remember to pack sunblock for yourself as well as one that is safe for children to prevent over exposure to the sun.

Lastly, make sure the family, especially the children, know what to expect on the trip and have fun – enjoy your well-deserved break.