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Tips for Making a Family Vacation More Fun With Less Stress

Mother and daughter doing yoga exercise on the beachMost, if not all, people desire to go on vacations. Most people with kids go on some sort of vacation with their whole family whether it’s traveling to a southern California marina, using the boat slips in San Diego, going to Mackinac Island in Michigan, or doing something local to you. The idea of going on a family vacation sounds great. However, we all know that the reality of the situation is that family vacations can be stressful for many reasons. Kids might get whiny. People get tired when they lose sleep. Being cramped in a vehicle can get exhausting. You can probably relate to the stress that can come with what should be a great, enjoyable family trip.

Here are a few tips to help you have the best family vacation possible:

Anticipate grouchy kids

Have your kids bring along things that can keep them occupied in the vehicle, such as paper and coloring utensils, some little toys to play with, and a blanket and pillow (in case they want to take a nap or just get comfortable).

Eat healthy foods

It’s easy to turn to unhealthy foods, like a bag of chips or fast food restaurants, when in the car or going on a trip. I wouldn’t say you can never eat these types of things, but too much can start wearing on the body and the mind. Either pack healthy snacks or choose healthier foods at restaurants or convenience stores. For instance, try to eat some apples (an easy take-along fruit), peanut butter and jelly sandwiches, sources of protein (like a protein bar), and stay hydrated with water.

Have patience and positivity

Take deep breathes when you feel you might be getting overwhelmed. Think of something positive like the beautiful view or the fact that you and your family get to spend this time and experience together. Being calm and optimistic helps to make one’s experience better. What we think becomes our experience.

Written by: Heather Gilmore, Freelance Writer & Guest Blogger

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About the Author

Heather Gilmore, LLMSW, is a Freelance Writer and Guest Blogger for Chula Vista Marina. Heather has a bachelor’s degree in psychology and a master’s degree in social work. Heather specializes in health and wellness, children, families, parenting, home organization and life improvement.

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