The Marriott Bonvoy Bold™ Card recently launched BoldFamilyTravel.Chase.com, an interactive, online resource allowing families to plan future travel together. The launch followed the Marriott Bonvoy Bold™ Card Survey of parents and grandparents that revealed most parents believe children are important resources for planning family vacations and that one-third of parents don’t currently involve their children in planning but would like to.
Whether planning a whirlwind family vacation or a multi-city bleisure trip with plans to meet up with the kids, packing can seem a little overwhelming. How to dress for a diverse range of activities, for multiple destinations, changing weather and all the possibilities in between make the process seem much more stressful. No worries — break out the luggage, we have a plan!
While miles away from Utah’s ski country of Park City, the state’s southern parks can get some snow here and there. Before your winter trip, prepare your family for possible ice, snow or just tons of sunshine on your trip to Utah’s lower half.
As soon as your child can walk through an airport wearing a backpack and pulling a small, wheeled suitcase, the time is right to get them to participate in packing. Sure, it’s going to take longer in the beginning. And expect some negotiating. But, each experience is a teachable “moment” as they say. (Everything is!) Trust me, by the time you blink twice, they’re going to be old enough to go to camp, visit a grandparent (without you) or stay with a cousin or a friend. What they learn to do under supervision, they will learn to do by themselves. An early start teaches them to make choices and packing goes from being a pleasant together task to their own feel-good chore, which raises a child’s self-esteem. It’s like eating, children who help prepare food, devour what they make. Likewise, including their wishes makes dressing while you are away one less thing to negotiate.
Depending who you ask, packing is the worst part of travel. The tedium of airport security lines, actual travel and hotel check-ins probably come close, but if an item is forgotten during the packing phase, the rest of the trip can easily be thrown out of whack.