5 Secrets to Fun Family VacationsJuly 18, 2018
This post was sponsored by Nabisco as part of an Influencer Activation for Influence Central and all opinions expressed in my post are my own.
We have been going on family vacations for many years now. Over this time, I have found a number of tips & tricks that help to make the experience a fun one for kids and adults alike. Today I’ll be sharing my secrets for the best family vacations from bringing along our fave NABISCO snacks to being prepared for the unexpected. Also, there is a fabulous NABISCO Summer Snack ‘N Share sweepstakes going on right now with prizes up to $10,000 – keep reading for all the details.
1. Involve the kids in the planning!
Let them have a say in what you do and when you do it. When you discuss the trip ahead of time with your child, the child will get excited and anticipation will build. We like to look at pictures of the hotel we are staying at or the water parks we will be visiting ahead of time, so the kids can get prepared for what’s to come. Nowadays we have even found videos of many of our destinations online so we can watch them together as a family and get excited.
2. Pack together!
In general, try not to bring along too much. Having to carry too many suitcases or bags will not result in happiness or an easy load. However, what ever you do pack, make sure you pack with your child. If your child is old enough, give them a small duffel bag (or one of her back packs, for example) and let her fill it with any items she may want on her trip, such as her favorite stuffed animals or her favorite new playset. THe only caveat? She must carry her bag the whole time!
3. Bring along delicious snacks!
I picked up several delicious NABISCO snack options from my local Walmart store because it’s the perfect spot to find my favorite sweet & savory snacks at great value! This summer, we are planning on several vacations. Instead of one large vacation, we prefer 3 smaller ones. A few weeks ago, we visited Pennsylvania and had a blast!
The pool we stayed at recently had a kiddie pool with just two feet of water. It was perfect for toddlers! My younger daughter, Charlotte, absolutely loved it, but even my 7-year-old enjoyed that pool. I brought some Swedish Fish poolside and it was a hit with our whole family. The sweet chewy candy was just the treat we wanted at the time.
When we went hiking on vacation, I brought along a box of Family Size RITZ Crackers. It’s a box that’s perfect for our family with multiple packs inside. We all love the delicious, savory crunch of the crackers and it’s non-perishable so it’s perfect for summer adventures.
While my younger daughter loves the kiddie pool, my older one prefers the full-size pool. We spend a lot of time at the hotel pool so bringing along delicious snacks is essential. I brought along a package of Family Size OREO Cookies. We love enjoying one or two OREO Cookies.
It’s the perfect pick-me-up between swimming sessions and splashing around in the water. The kids, hubby and I love the great taste and convenience of these cookies.
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Don’t forget to pick up these snacks from your local Walmart store. Visit this Pinterest board for even more inspiration on enjoying NABISCO products. Keep your summer fun going all season long with the help of your favorite NABISCO snacks.
4. Be prepared for the unexpected!
We never leave for vacation without a bag full of first aid supplies, essential medicines and emergency gear. For a homemade first aid kit, be sure to include bandages, antibiotic ointment, gauze, scissors, tweezers, rubbing alcohol, Our portable medicine bag contains analgesics (for us and for the kids), antacid, muscle rub, cold medicines, and all our vitamins. Our emergency gear for the car includes flashing lights, orange cones, bungee cords, tools to change a tire, blanket, water bottles, and more.
5. Be flexible!
Avoid the temptation to “make good time” or be efficient. With kids in tow, it’s all about being flexible and adapting to unpredictable schedules & times. Look for a hotel with a pool & game room – kids tend to love both of these amenities and they’re a good way to make sure everyone is prepared with fun acitivities all day long.Plan for 5pm crankiness. You’ve already been to the zoo and it’s not quite time for dinner yet. The kids want their smartphones or tablets and you deny them. Everyone’s upset. Plan for screen-free time that’s always fun- maybe card games, maybe scavenger hunt, maybe a visit to the hotel game room or pool. Plan to do less in any given day.
Don’t forget to enter the NABISCO Snack ‘N Share Sweepstakes here. How do you keep summer fun going all season long? Which is your favorite NABISCO snack?