15 tips for traveling with large families this holiday season

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The holiday season has come upon us and probably quicker than anyone imagined. Aside from stuffing ourselves with delicious meals, opening up coveted gifts, and spending time with family, the holidays bring with it the peak travel season. And with that, comes stress and a lot of money spent – especially if you’re traveling with a large family.

That doesn’t mean, however, that there can’t be ways for you to take the stress out of your plans. It doesn’t matter if you’re traveling with eight people or close to 20 this year, finding new ways to make the busiest, most stressful, and most dreaded time to travel is possible.

Here are 15 ways that my large family and I have made traveling during the holiday season easier.

Always carry wet wipes.

Although everyone in our family is grown – with the exception of my 4-year-old niece – wet wipes are a consistent need for us when packing. Not only do they help clean my niece up when she gets a bit messy, they serve as ways to keep us clean, too. From cleaning dirt from our faces and hands to wiping sweat away when needed, wet wipes serve multiple purposes for the young and old.

Only plan one big activity per day.

When you’re on vacation, it’s easy to want to fit multiple activities in one day. What I’ve learned when traveling with our large family, which can sometimes include 10 people total, trying to plan more than one big activity per day can damper the mood.

For example, spending all morning and half of the afternoon at one theme park and then attempting to visit a second can be exhausting for not only the youngest of the group but for the adults, too.

By scheduling one big activity per day though, you’re able to enjoy the activity fully and do it without wearing yourself out too much.

Be sure to think of everyone when choosing a destination.

Before we plan a big activity — whether a weekend getaway or a week-long departure — the first thing we do is sit down together to determine what would be best for everyone going on the trip. From the youngest who is under five to the eldest couple over 50, our goal is to consider everyone’s capabilities before traveling. By doing this, we are able to ensure that there is something that everyone can enjoy or is at least willing to give a try.

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