Plan a Family Adventure That Your Kids Won't Stop Talking About

When it comes to taking your family out on a wild adventure, there are a few tricks you’ll want to have up your sleeve. Prepping and planning is a crucial key to any successful family adventure!

That’s why we’ve created this step-by-step guide to help you plan for your ultimate family adventure. If you are ready to begin the perfect getaway; read on!

#1 - Brainstorm Together

Planning a family adventure begins with getting everyone involved. The first steps together should be a memorable part of your adventure.

Take some time to brainstorm where you want to go together, how long, and what you can do while you’re there! This is a great way to engage the kids from the very start of your adventure planning!

Plan a Family Adventure That Your Kids Won't Stop Talking About: Family in their living room planning their next adventure

Here are some questions you can ask:

  • Where is somewhere you’ve always wanted to go?
  • What’s an activity that you would like to do together as a family?
  • What kind of weather do you want to adventure in?

#2 - Consider Your Budget 

Decide how much you are willing to spend on travel expenses and work towards meeting your budget goals. A family adventure budget could include meals, accommodations, transportation, souvenirs, activities and entertainment.

#3 - Check Passports 

Before you take any other steps as a family, be sure to check everyone’s passport!

Two passports with airline tickets inserted in each of them

Look for expiration dates that are closer on the side of having a year left to travel so you don’t risk the chance of showing up to the airport with an expired passport. 

#4 - Consider Your Family Adventure Non-negotiables 

Now that you’ve brainstormed some possible locations for your family adventure, something that can help to narrow down your choices is considering your family’s must-haves. 

Must-haves could be resources your family needs access to such as medical attention, specific stores, etc. Be sure to factor in any must-haves your family needs to help you pick the best location for your family adventure. 

#5 - Consider Seasonal Weather + Dates 

For an unforgettable family adventure, choosing the right dates is vital. Depending on the location you choose, you’ll want to select the ideal season to travel there.

Three teenage kids strolling along the sand by the beach carrying their shoes and extra clothes

If your family adventure is in a snowy mountain landscape, consider taking your children’s winter break from school to go. If the climate of your family adventure dream spot is more tropical, then summer will be the perfect time to take off! 

#6 - Pick Exciting Accommodations in Advance

The place you stay should be exciting. Be sure to check out which accommodations have access to family friendly activities and include things you and your kids can enjoy. Whether it’s having access to a pool, a playground, or being able to camp under the stars; choose something that is unique so your kids are sure to get excited about it. 

#7 - Involve Your Kid’s Suggestion as Part of Your Dream Itinerary Plan

Once you have your dream destination in mind, it’s time to start planning out your itinerary. 

Chat with the children to find out what everyone has in mind for their family adventure fun. Even if you can’t check off all of the kid’s suggestions, being able to do just one will get them excited for the journey.  

Plan a Family Adventure That Your Kids Won't Stop Talking About: Hand holding a pen writing down a to-do and itinerary list on a notebook

You’ll want to plan on doing activities that will leave a lasting impression on your little ones. Here are a few suggestions (depending on your destination) to get you started.

  • Visiting a national park 
  • Taking a guided tour
  • Visiting a local museum 
  • Swimming with dolphins 
  • Camping on the beach  

#8 - Get Your Kids Saving

Another way to get your kids engaged in the process of planning your family adventure is to start saving for your trip beforehand. You can offer to pay for chores, start a family yard sale, or sell baked goods to start saving up!

#9 - Pack a Polaroid!

To help you capture the memorable moments of your family adventure; bring a polaroid that everyone can use. Snap away during playtime, lunch, activities and more to make this family adventure one your kids won’t stop talking about. Relive some of your family’s favorite events through your collection of printed pictures! 

Little girl holding up a polaroid camera and looking into the lens as she is about to take a photo

Packing a polaroid is a tangible way to remember your trip, and the perfect addition to any family adventure. Check out our Family Camera Set to help you get started! 

#10 - Introduce a Family Travel Journal 

This is a great way to record and remember your family adventure. Pull out all the colored pencils, markers, and crayons for your kids to jot down their favorite memories from the trip! You can stick in tickets, pictures, or keepsakes from the trip to scrapbook in your family travel journal.  

#11 - Travel with Snacks + Games

You don’t have to wait to arrive to begin your family adventure. It can begin as you travel! A great way to keep the kids engaged and make the entire family adventure fun is to travel with pre-packed snacks and games. Who says the trip up there has to be any less fun than the destination itself? 

Plan a Family Adventure That Your Kids Won't Stop Talking About: Mother and her daughter reading a book while having a picnic

Two other great items to travel with are wipes and hand sanitizer. With these nearby, you’ll be ready to wipe down hands after snacks in the car or on the plane. 

#12 - Do Some Family Research Before You Leave

A few days before you leave the house for your wild family adventure, dial up the excitement by inviting your kids to join you in some fun research.

Discover interesting facts about your family adventure destination before you go. Watch movies that have similar demographics, read books as a family, look up pictures, and make arts and crafts that tie in to your location to inspire your kids to get excited about your upcoming family adventure!   

The Family Adventure of a Lifetime

With this step-by-step guide, we hope you’re ready to begin your family adventure. Now that you’ve read our list, you’ll be packed and prepared for the adventure of a lifetime! When it comes to figuring out more fun activities and ideas for your family adventure be sure to check out our book and blogs: Things to Do in the Summer as a Family

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