A vacation is a time to kick back and relax. No one wants to deal with any drama during a vacation. If you want to have the smoothest travel experience possible, you must prepare for both the good and the bad of travel. Ignoring potential problems will not make them go away.
If there’s a chance something will go wrong, it probably will.
You should put in place plans to deal with most of the common travel problems vacationers encounter. Here are some of the things you can do to avoid the most common vacation disasters:
Drama from Lost Luggage
The worst part of losing your luggage is losing essential things such as cash, credit and debit cards, expensive jewelry, a change of clothes, medications, glasses, and important documents such as travel insurance information, and planned itinerary.
If you can keep most of these things when you lose your luggage, your trip will turn out okay. The best way to ensure you don’t lose them is to pack all of them in your carry on. Most of the essential items that are hard to replace when traveling are small in size and can fit perfectly in a carry-on.
You should also consider carrying a change of clothes in your carry-on. You don’t want to be dealing with the mess of losing your luggage a day after arriving at your hotel in the same clothes you came in.
Hotel Nightmare When Traveling with Family
If you’ve traveled with family a few times, you probably already appreciate how much the accommodation choice you go for impacts the quality of a family vacation. Some hotels, no matter how cool they are, just can’t give you the kind of ambience, offers, and environment you need to have a fulfilling and fun family vacation.
The most effective way to eliminate most of the hotel nightmares that can ruin a family vacation is to book with a family resort. There are so many luxury family resorts that it doesn’t make sense to book at a hotel when going on a beach vacation with your family. Places like this have fun for the whole family so you don’t have to worry about someone not having a good time.
Sunburn Making Your Trip Uncomfortable
This is the easiest problem to solve. You already know that you will be spending a lot of time out in the sun – carry some sun protection. Wear some sunscreen when you step out and reapply it often. Just 15 minutes of sun exposure when you are not wearing sun protection can lead to very uncomfortable sunburn. You should also carry a wide-brimmed hat and shades to protect your face and eyes.
During a family vacation, pay great attention to sun protection for the kids. Have them wear hats, sunglasses, and applicable protective clothing when going out for long in the sun. Normal everyday clothing may not be enough. You should consider shopping for comfortable clothes with high UPF sun protection.
Your Baby Crying Non-Stop on a Plane
A baby crying in the plane is no biggie when the baby isn’t yours. When the baby is yours, however, you will feel as if the entire plane is looking at you and judging you and your baby. The pressure to quiet your baby – even when everyone looks like they don’t mind a crying baby in the cabin – can be tremendous. So, how do you ensure that you have a smooth flight with your baby with as few crying fits as possible?
The trick is to make your baby as comfortable as possible with being in an entirely new environment and distract them as much as you can by bringing lots of entertainment options. Babies have short attention spans and one toy can’t keep them engaged for the entire flight. There are lots of things you can do to entertain your kid during a flight including playing card games, giving them an iPad or tablet to play with, playing online games, offering them workbooks with coloring pages and puzzles, and bringing new small toys with you on the plane.
Most importantly, you want to ensure that your baby is healthy enough to go on a vacation in the first place. Visit your doctor for a full checkup to confirm this. Your doctor can also recommend the medications you can carry with you in case of an emergency.
Getting Sick during Your Vacation
Getting sick is the last thing you want to happen to you or any family member when you are on a vacation. Besides the discomfort that illness brings, you will also have to deal with getting treatment in a country or state whose healthcare system you are not familiar with at all.
To reduce the number of things that can go wrong when you become sick in a foreign land, you need to prepare for such a situation before you depart and arm yourself with important information such as names of hospitals with enough doctors and nurses who speak English, your embassy’s contact information, and a copy of your medical record.
Make sure that you have some form of travel insurance. Also, you can visit your doctor and collect a generic antibiotic.
Keep these tips in mind to avoid a disastrous vacation. No matter what, something you might not expect can happen while you’re on vacation, but don’t let it ruin your time. You’re on vacation to have a fun time with family or friends–don’t settle for anything less.