If you’re lucky enough to be travelling this winter — to a warm beach or you’re planning to simply enjoy a weekend getaway at a nearby town or city — keep these tips in mind for a fun and stress-free holiday.
- Schedule travel time wisely. Whether you’re taking a plane, train, automobile or minivan, try to plan the bulk of your travel during a better time of day for your kids. If they have a hard time waking up early, opt for an afternoon trip. If they get sleepy and cranky in the evening, a daytime trip is best.
- Pack like a pro. In addition to the clothes and toiletries you’ll all need, bring plenty of healthy snacks and drinks, a first aid kit, and wipes to clean up spills and messes. Involve the kids in the packing process, asking them to pick out a few things to bring for entertainment. And don’t forget to stock up on a few surprise items like colouring pages, mini games and activity books for when unexpected boredom hits.
- Choose activities together. Head to the library or fire up your devices at home to do research on your destination as a family. It’s a great opportunity for kids to learn about where you’re heading, and for everyone to feel like they’re contributing to the trip. Have each family member pick a place they want to visit, which should help create a mix of kid and adult-friendly activities.
- Hold down the fort. Just because you’re away doesn’t mean your financial obligations take a break. Be sure to enroll for direct deposit so that you don’t miss receiving your Canada Child Benefit, GST/HST credit and other government payments. This way you’ll also have a steady cash flow and money to spend while away.
COURTESY: News Canada