Great Family Vacation Tips and Tricks- Guest Post by Kendra Thornton

I am pleased to introduce Kendra, my latest guest blogger! Kendra has this to say about herself:
"My name is Kendra. I am 37 and a mother of 3. Before being promoted to the full time position of mommy, I was the former Orbitz director of communications where I was able to travel all around the world. I’ve personally been to 28 countries on 6 continents and have been quoted in the news about seasonal travel trends and destinations all over the United States.  I still love to write about travel trends and tips, and I think this blog is the perfect place to share some of my favorite tips on traveling healthy with your kids. (Especially with summer vacation coming up!)"
Kendra has some GREAT tips that I plan to use on our next family vacation! I hope you enjoy reading her article!
Great Family Vacation Tips and Tricks

Who doesn’t like taking a vacation with children? My family can travel to a warm beach or the cool area of the mountains. Some people take vacations to an area that has a lot of shopping centers. Whatever type of vacation I choose, I like to take some time to plan ahead and prepare how to stay safe while away.  

1. A Healthy Start to the Day

Before I take my family out for the day, I make sure they eat a healthy breakfast. I try to find a hotel that offers a continental breakfast. This is perfect because it gives my children a wide variety of things to choose from that they enjoy. If we stay at a hotel that has a kitchen, then I try to prepare something in the room that they like such as pancakes or eggs. I use Gogobot to sort through their reviews and find these little added amenities when it comes to hotels. I found a great list of Orlando hotels that and found a free continental breakfast for the entire family.

2. A Full Refrigerator

I love staying in rooms that have at least a small kitchen. This allows me to spend more money on fun activities with my kids. However, the refrigerator needs to stay full of snacks, water and juice. I try to avoid sodas while on vacation because they seem to drain the energy from everyone during the day. Some snacks that my children enjoy are cheese sticks, crackers and pudding cups. These snacks are usually easy to open so that while we are at the pool, in the car, or walking around at an amusement park. All the kids have to do is grab something from the room and eat before we leave!

3. Travel Kits

The last thing I want to do is use the small bottles of shampoo in a hotel room that you can only use one time. Does the hotel think you will only bathe once while on vacation? Before leaving home, I pack small travel kits for myself and my children. They can take their own body wash and shampoo, and I have everything I need from razors to shaving cream. TorkUSA suggests making kits that include hand sanitizer and wipes as well.

4. Comforting Thoughts

While I am not a big fan on taking a lot of things from home on vacation, I let my children take two things that they can sleep with. This could be a pillow, blanket or stuffed animal. As long as they keep up with what they take, I have no problem.

5. We all know that sometimes eating healthy and nutritious when you are at a rest area or theme park isn’t always ideal. Sometimes, you will need to make those last minute foodie grabs for your kids. However, always will make healthy decisions even if you’re at a fast-food stop. You don’t to suffer any repercussions!

I hope these little tips and tricks will be of benefit to your family this summer vacation. Travel smart and safe and enjoy the summer months!


"Former Orbitz Director of Communications and promoted into full time position in the care of Motherhood"


  1. You are right about all these suggestions. It's funny....I'm quite a bit older than you, and we did all of these things because our choices and financial resources didn't allow much else.

  2. I think this is very informative post. I'm a new follower here!
    Thanks for the great tips, will bear them in mind when I travel next!

  3. These are some good tips. My family and I eat very well at home but some times it is tricky staying on our diet. It is especially hard to keep my kids from eating bad. A good suggestion is to book a trip where you can rent a condo or a house. This way you have control over what you eat because you can cook your self. Going out to dinner every night can also be pricey. When my family and I traveled to Nantucket, we decided to rent a condo. All I did was research Nantucket Summer Rentals on the internet and I found many great options. The condo provided a full kitchen so we cooked 4 out of the 7 nights.

  4. Thanks for the share! Travel kits are definitely a great tip! When my family and I traveled out to the Great Wolf Lodge, my wife packed an extensive travel kit. This thing included everything from books to snacks. Not only did it keep the kids occupied but it actually put them to sleep which made the ride so much easier because when we got there they went absolutely nuts for three days straight in water parks there. Great vacation all around!

  5. Thanks you for sharing. Your tips are very useful for me. I often bring my children for vacation in the summer.

  6. Hey Kendra thanks for the tips, really very useful blog those who are planning for family vacation. Another great way to save money on a vacation is to look at the many last minute top vacation rental websites deals that are available to you. If you can pack and be ready quickly then you can save a lot of money by finding hotels and flights that have been discounted because the company is trying to move inventory that they have available.

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