Preparation Is Key: How To Ensure Your Family Vacation Is Enjoyable

Travel & Holiday

Preparing properly before your holiday is the only way to ensure that is it a smooth and enjoyable experience, and that doesn’t mean making sure that you look fabulous in your new bikini. What that means is preparing for every eventuality so that you aren’t caught off-guard and your holiday gets ruined. Below are three ways you can prepare for you holiday to make  sure that it is the most relaxing and rewarding one yet.

Packing and documents

This is where you set a precedent. Don’t just leave it to the night before (or worse, the morning of) your flight to throw a few things in a suitcase. Create a list of things you will need then make sure that they are all packed in good time and ticked off. If your flight has an e-ticket, make sure you’ve printed it off and stored it somewhere safe. You don’t want to risk waiting until you’re heading out the door to print it off, only to discover that you’ve run out of printer ink and have to find some kind of new and inventive way to board the plane without a ticket. Keep all documents and passport in an anti-theft travel bag that does not leave you. Double check and triple check everything before you go to bed the night before your flight, that way you can be sure that you have packed everything you will need.

Time management

It is of vital importance that you arrive to the airport in good time, especially for international flights. Aim to arrive at least two hours before you flight is scheduled to leave, this way you have plenty of time to get through check-in, security, and boarding. You should also make sure that you leave plenty of time to travel to the airport. If the journey is supposed to take two hours, but you know that traffic can be bad at that time of day, or on that particular road, give yourself three or even four hours to do the journey. It is always better to get up a few hours earlier and have to wait around at the airport than it is to sleep in, hit traffic, and miss your flight. You have quite likely spent thousands on this vacation, it would be a shame to have all that money go to waste because you fancied an extra hour in bed or overslept.


Once you packed your bags, arrived at the airport in plenty of time, and arrived at your destination, you might start wondering what you’re going to do with all this free time you now have. This is the wrong way to approach your vacation. It is always advisable that you do some research before your holiday to ensure that you don’t miss out on anything. Spending just an hour on the computer a week or so before your trip will give you an idea of all the restaurants, events, and activities that are available to you. You may even stumble across a blog that has some little-known tips and facts about your destination that turn your holiday into the most memorable experience of your life.

Hopefully, these tips on being organised and prepared help you to have a trouble-free holiday with your family this year, and for many years to come.