Family summer travel tips
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Whether planning a summer trip with friends or family, we all want our trip to go off without a hitch.

Keep reading for unique summer travel tips that can be useful for all types of travelers.

•Think in body sections when packing:

 Remembering to pack every last thing for each family member can be exhausting. Here’s a packing tip: Visualise your head and go down each portion of your body, and write down what you may need for each section while traveling. Do the same for your children. You can always cross items off the list later.

•Save money:

 If your travels include driving, save money by packing a cooler with food and drinks. Avoid ATM fees by taking out cash with a debit card purchase at a grocery store or gas station. Also, save money on the vacation itself by bundling hotel airfare and activities.

Pack one change of clothes in carry on:

Pack one extra change of clothes for each person in their carry-on bag. Twenty-nine million pieces of luggage are lost or delayed/misplaced every year, reported Travel Guard Chartis.

 If your bag is one of them, having a set of clothes to change into while you are waiting for your luggage to be found is a lifesaver. (Remember, if your luggage does get lost and you have a Travel Guard plan, call local administration).

Pack old under things?

Packing light might be one way to bring home extra souvenirs, but so is packing your oldest undergarments. As you and your family wear old undergarments throughout the trip, throw them out the next day. This lightens your suitcase and makes room for cool souvenirs along the way.

•How to keep kids occupied:

 If your destination is hours away, pre-make binders for each child that include a coloring book, blank paper, crossword puzzles and activity sheets. Also include a zipper bag of crayons and writing utensils. Free printable coloring pages, stories and activities can be found here and here.

Child flying solo?

Make sure you go over the itinerary several times before they leave. Book direct flights when you can, and make sure the child has identification and reminder instructions on him/her before leaving.

Pack a travel insurance plan:

It may be commercial to this tip, but the truth is, a travel insurance plan can cover you for things that may go wrong while traveling. If you or your child gets hurt or become injured, it can cover medical expenses. If you need a new flight or hotel, they can coordinate to arrange it for you. If your trip becomes interrupted or cancelled, they can cover the cost of all pre-paid, non-refundable expenses and more!

Make sure that you have a complete travel plan. Make yourself fresh by keeping you free from work. Enjoy your trip and have a safe return with full energy.

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