These tips might help you to have a more enjoyable experience.
(1) - Include your family in the planning process. Find out what is important to all family members and try to find a resort that will meet these expectations.
(2) - Let the kids pack a few of their favorite toys in their own small carry on luggage.
(3) - Bring snacks and drinks on the flight, in case the little ones do not like what is offered onboard.
(4) - Have a "meeting place" in case you get separated from each other.
(5) - Let the children take their own photos with disposable cameras, and make a scrapbook when you return home.
(6) - Have a "souvenir allowance".
(7) - Bring plenty of extra clothes for the little ones. This could cut down on time spent in the laundry room while on vacation.
- Let each child pick a "must see" attraction.
(9) - Consider a little "grown up" alone time. Most resorts and cruises offer child care services.
(10) - Single parents traveling with children may be asked for proof of custody. Be prepared with copies of legal custody papers or even a simple notarized letter from the co-parent.
(11) - Be sure to have your travel documents in an easily accessible carrier. You will be asked to show these documents on several occasions.
(12) - Make photocopies of your itinerary, ID's and required travel documents.
(13) - Make sure all of your children, including infants have a copy of your itinerary on their person along with the name and phone number of an emergency contact person.
(14) - Should your flight get canceled or if you miss a connecting flight, use your cell phone or a pay phone and call the toll free customer service number for your airline. Often this can save you waiting in line with hundreds of other stranded, stressed out passengers.
(15) - Pack as if you are departing the day before your actual departure date. This will allow for a good nights sleep prior to your actual departure date.
(16) - Make a checklist of needed items and mark them off your list as you go.
(17) - Call the airline to reconfirm your flights on the day of departure to prevent any surprises at the airport.