Traveling can be fun, but when you've got a large family in tow, it can be a headache and a hassle. The following tips from Dream Dinners can help ease the strain and make sure your vacation is fun for the whole family.
Consider a vacation rental over a hotel.
Having access to an entire home means use of a fully stocked kitchen, the ability to store ingredients for homemade meals, and being able to enjoy breakfast, lunch and dinner together around the table more easily—which ultimately means spending less money eating out while on vacation.
Roll your clothes instead of folding
. When you travel, too many items means going over your carry-on limit or overfilling your trunk. One way to minimize the number of suitcases without sacrificing the items you really need is to roll clothes instead of folding them. They take up less space and don't wrinkle as easily as folded clothes.
Pack your meals with you
. Eating out for breakfast, lunch and dinner means spending most of your travel budget on restaurants instead of family excursions and activities. Consider packing some of your meals with you, like pre-frozen meals. Simply pack them frozen in your cooler, store them at your vacation rental and pop them in the oven for a quick, easy, and stress-free family dinner.
Buy travel-friendly snacks in bulk.
It's easy to overspend on snacks if you're buying from gas stations each time you stop for a break. Buying snacks in bulk and pre-packaging them in individual portion sizes is a great way to avoid paying premium prices once you're on the road.
Pack a picnic lunch.
For a family of four, it’s easy to spend more than $30 even at the most inexpensive drive-through restaurants. Consider packing a picnic lunch instead. This can save money and it allows you to feed your family a healthier option.
Pack a toy per day for each child.
To entertain the kids throughout the day, consider a trip to the dollar store to pick up a few new toys for each child. Pack them in individual zip-lock bags with the child's name and a day of the week on the outside. Opening a new toy each day means the kids will stay entertained and excited throughout your trip.
Pack reusable water bottles
. This works for air travel or car travel. Bringing reusable water bottles that can be filled at water fountains or restaurants saves money and reduces waste.
Research fun games to play in the car.
It's fun to go beyond the basics of I Spy and the License Plate Game. Try Road Trip Bingo or Twenty Questions. Both can be enjoyed by the whole family.
Source: Dream Dinners
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