The first things that you must arrange from home before traveling is your accommodations (especially if you are traveling with kids). Make sure reservations have been made before you leave – make sure that the accommodation is suitable for your family. Below are tips that will make your hotel stay go as smoothly as possible.
Do Your Research:
Take some time in looking for a place to stay. By researching online, you will be able to find a place that would be enjoyed by both you and your kids. Check out different hotel websites and look at the photos provided (reading up on reviews will go a long way as well)–would your kids have a place to play? Will there be child-friendly activities and amenities (swimming pool, playground, library, etc)? Is the room big enough for the whole family? Explore different places and send an email to the management if you have additional questions. If you’re traveling with a baby, also ask the hotel if they would be able to provide a crib so you don’t have to bring one with you. A good place to start is with TripAdvisor.
Choose one that preferably close to amenities such as transport, shopping and attractions. For example, if you were visiting Auckland, New Zealand, you may wish to stay in a centrally located family-friendly hotel such as The Sebel Suites Auckland (for example) – which is close to a number of bars and restaurant cafe shops, transportation such ferry services to to Waiheke Island and Rangitoto, and shopping. Most good hotel have a list of leisure and activities information available on their website.
If possible, look for hotels with swimming pool, games rooms and some even have Kid Clubs.
Take something familiar (for the really young ones):
It’s possible that children will have a difficult time adjusting to a new environment. In order to make them feel at home, take something that would remind them of home–a blanket, a pillow, a stuffed toy, or any other item that they love. This will make them less anxious, and would let them sleep better at night.
Drinks and Snacks:
BYO (bring your own). This way, you are not having to rely on the mini-bar in your room (which can be quite costly). Look for the nearest convenient store from your hotel to stock up on supplies.
Rearrange some furniture:
If your child is active and likes to explore, it’s best if you rearrange some items in the room in such a way that he/she won’t reach it. Some of the most common items are: glasses, cups, jars, coffee maker, and toiletries (plastic bags, hair dryers, shampoos, soap, etc).
You must be extra careful and attentive if you have kids with you, so see to it that you do all the necessary preparations before you leave. Traveling with children will be an amazing and educational experience, so keep all of these tips in mind before and while you stay at the hotel, and have a memorable and hassle-free vacation!