Are you busy soaking up the last few weeks of summer and planning your family’s summer vacation?
When traveling with the kiddos there is a lot to consider when planning a family vacation. If you have young kids, the traveling itself can be the hardest thing to plan. Will your family do better on a road trip, or is a flight or two doable? If we drive, how many hours can we go at once without stopping. If your family ranges in age and interests, choosing a destination that will be fun for everything can be a challenge. Does your teenager want to lay on the beach while your 10 year old wants to go to Legoland? Decisions, decisions.
One thing that’s always part of going on vacation, no matter where you go, who you take, and how you get there, is packing. After years of traveling, packing for yourself may be a breeze, and, sometimes, it’s best to let older kids pack for themselves. When it comes to packing for the little ones, however, you, as a parent, are usually the one that’s responsible for making sure that they have everything they need. When you’re planning every aspect of the vacation, from transportation, to the hotel, to meals, to activities, to spending money, and everything in between, it’s incredibly easy to forget little things.
Thanks to the “normal routine,” toiletries are often the last-packed items and, as a result, the most forgotten. Protect your smile to ensure those great family vacation photos by remembering to pack the following items:
- A toothbrush for each person
- Extra bottles of water (especially if you’ll be spending time outside during your vacation)
- Sugar-free gum (especially helpful for “popping” ears when traveling by air)
Just remember to pack these items for each person traveling and you’ll have great smiles in your vacation photos for years to come! Also, with the kids out of school, now is a great time to get them in to see the dentist for a cleaning and checkup. If you or your kids are due for an exam, call Dr. Brad Greenfield at Lake Orion Family Dentistry in Lake Orion Michigan, at (248) 693-6213.