By Darren Griffiths

Things To Consider When You Are Planning A Trip With Your Family

18th March 2023

Planning a family trip is never easy since you don’t only need to prepare your schedule, but you also have to pack all the essential things for your family. 

Although having a trip as a family can be fun, it can be stressful at the same time. But, once you’ve planned for everything successfully, you’ll surely have a great time making memories together.

From planning your travel destination to packing your bags, there are various things you should take into consideration for your family trip. Some of these include the following:

Decide What Type of Vacation You Want

All families are different, and each family has its preferences and needs when planning a family trip. For instance, while others prefer staying at the hotels, some would choose vacation rentals, like

If it’s not your first time to plan for a family trip, it’ll be much easier for you to prepare everything. However, if it’s your first family trip, you might not have an idea on the best vacation suited for all of your family members.

So, one of the first things that you should consider is the kind of family trip you prefer. It can be a road trip, swimming at the beach, or hiking. You may choose your destination later, but you have to decide what trip it would be. 

Once you already know your final choice, you can proceed to create your budget.

Determine Your Budget


It’s possible to go anywhere on a budget, especially if you’re practical and smart about things. However, this doesn’t mean that you should forget about planning your budget. It’s still recommended to figure out how much you’re planning to spend and set your budget wisely. It’ll give you a buffer of emergency cash in case something unexpected happens, which is often. If you’re impulsive, it’s also important to set your budget at 70 percent of your original budget.

Generally, domestic travel is less expensive compared to an international trip. For instance, some regions, like Southeast Asia, are more budget-friendly. If your ideal destination is within the same country, there could be differences when it comes to the cost of entertainment, food, and accommodations, depending on your preferred area. Also, the more popular a travel destination is, the more expensive the cost will be.

Although you can’t travel to particular places without breaking the bank, you can just be creative to save money. As a tip, it’s beneficial to know the current exchange rate for you to know how affordable trips are.

Keep Restrictions in Mind

Not everyone has the freedom to travel the world without any restrictions. Depending on your health and nationality, you might need to consider some factors that could limit your family’s travel abilities. For most international travels, a passport is important and Visas may be required in other destinations. Some countries don’t usually require a Visa, but would only enable you to stay for a certain period of time.

If you’re bringing medications, it’s best to check the international borders first to know if you need written permission from your doctor or if there are other restrictions you should follow. Aside from that, you must also be aware of the environmental, political, and social situation of any area you’re considering for your family trip. 

While the majority of the countries around the world are safe for travelers, there’s nothing wrong about checking for the country’s status. But, more often than not, your country will publish travel advisories on potential threats on their official website.

Know Your Timeframe

Another essential thing to consider when planning a trip with your family is the amount of time you’re willing to spend on your travel. Having a timeframe will help you determine your travel preferences and schedule of your children, especially if they have classes.

Some of your timeframe options may include the following:

  • Day Trip: If you don’t have much time, but you want to bond with your family, you can consider a day trip. With this timeframe, you must choose a destination that’s close to your residence. It can be a place that can be visited by train or car. 

If you’re planning to visit some small communities, choose a certain town only. If possible, make your itinerary in advance and ask your family the best activities they want to do.

  • Weekend: A research will surely benefit you as it can help you focus on what you prefer to visit and give you knowledge on what the place has to offer. Since it’s a few days of travel, you must reduce travel time by sticking to one region or city. 

Avoid packing too much for a weekend family trip if you don’t want to limit your experiences. Basically, a weekend trip is a good option if you like to revisit a region or you want your family to enjoy a mini-vacation.

  • Week-Long Travel: With this timeframe, you have plenty of time to travel and visit various places you prefer. But, try not to visit a lot of regions or cities. 

If you want to know more about a place or a certain region, it’s best to focus on visiting areas within the country. Then, spend time wandering around without having any itinerary. You can also bring your children to museums or parks nearby for them to learn about the culture of a region and how the place is different from where you reside.  

If you’re planning to spend two or more weeks for your family trip, you can comfortably devote your time traveling to anywhere you want to visit with your family. However, it’s best to pack light and book your accommodations in advance. Since you’ll be traveling for more than a week, an itinerary is important as you don’t want to waste your time exploring one area only. 

Depending on your preferences, you can spend a couple of days in a small city and 3 or more days in bigger cities. When possible, you should also schedule a rest day to avoid exhaustion.

All in all, the length of your trip depends on the time of the year you’re willing to take and how your children are comfortable with the timeframe. So, before you decide on your trip’s length, know the opinions of your family to set the right time frame.

Research the Activities That Your Whole Family Can Enjoy

When planning a family trip, another thing to consider is the activities that you and your children can enjoy. The options for the activities you can do during your family trip are endless. Depending on your preferences, you can choose any activity you want to try. Just make sure that your kids are involved when thinking of the activities that your family can do on a family trip.

To get started, ask your kids about their interests and possible activities they want to try. Then, think of trying new things with your whole family to make your travel more exciting and enjoyable. See to it that all activities are safe and something that can give you fun.

Before you finalize everything, researching the activities can make a difference in how your family can make the most of your quality time. Moreover, there are activities that might not be appropriate for young children, and some activities may be too dangerous to try. So, always prioritize your family’s safety as you search for activities to enjoy your family trip to the fullest.

Check All of Your Passports

Imagine the stress and despair you’ll feel once you’ve realized that one of your family member’s passports is due to expire during your travel or expired already. Since it’s a family trip, if one family member can’t go, your trip will be canceled. 

But luckily, you can easily fix this issue by applying for a new passport. Since this could be an expensive and time-consuming thing, try to find ways to cut corners. For instance, you don’t need to waste your time on going to some photo studio to get an ID picture. Instead, print your passport photos at home. You’ll save money and time and will spare your nerves, especially if it’s your kids who need their ID photo taken.

So, the moment you plan to go abroad or anywhere that requires a passport, make sure to check it in advance to avoid any inconvenience. This will also save yourself from disappointments, panic, or worries and ensure a successful family trip

Pack Your Necessities as Early as Possible

Make sure that all of your travel things to pack are legal in international borders or any places you want to visit with your family. Also, don’t take packing for granted, most particularly if you’re planning to do various activities, such as hiking, swimming, or biking. Most of these activities will require you to pack the right type of clothing.

If you can pack everything one week in advance, spend some of your time finding the missing items you can still include in your luggage or think of the things you can travel without to lessen your luggage. Once you prepare your bags in advance, you can use your free time to focus on other important things for your family trip, like the snacks or food you plan to bring.

And it should go without saying, before you start any of the packing, make sure to look into the best travel suitcase options for you and your family.


The better you plan for your family trip, the more prepared you’ll be for your travel, allowing you to have fun and enjoy a great time together. Just make sure to determine the kind of trip your family prefers, make your budget, keep in mind the important travel restrictions, and know your time frame. 

With these things, you can easily pick any travel destination you could think of without dealing with any problems.