Tips for Travelling with the Family

August 19, 2021

Traveling with your entire family doesn’t have to be overwhelming. In fact, a vacation (even with
little ones!) can be one of the most memorable experiences you can have with your family.
The key ingredient to smooth sailing when traveling with your kids is organization. The better
organized your packing lists, stops, snack breaks, and more – the more fun you will have!
After all, Miami County has so many family-friendly activities to take part in, like hiking, biking,
kayaking, museums, and more, and you don’t want to miss any of it!
To make the most of your visit with us, here are a few tips we think are the most useful and
helpful to the families that come to visit us.

Tips for Traveling Near Troy, Ohio

Take Your Time

Make a plan and take your time! When traveling with kids, everything will take longer than
anticipated. Here are some things to think about as you plan your timing:
● Getting through security at the airport
● Long drives without stops
● Buying snacks and drinks
Taking it slowly doesn’t just mean the travel to and from Miami County. When you arrive, we
encourage you to take your time experiencing all that the community has to offer.
As adults, we tend to fly through experiences, attempting to pack it all in quickly. Keep in mind
that four museums, 3 restaurants, and a walking tour may not be realistic for small children.
Keep your schedule flexible and leave plenty of room for adjustment.

Don’t Overpack

It’s tempting to overpack and question the “what-ifs” for every item. But, remember that the less
you bring, the easier it will be to manage your luggage and bring home a few souvenirs!
Besides, Miami County has everything you need should you leave anything behind. We have a
number of grocery stores, convenience stores, and clothing shops in the area should you need
anything during your stay.
Focus on sticking to a reasonable packing list with the necessary items for your stay.

Have a plan

Before you even begin packing, create a list or itinerary of the things you want to do, see, and
experience during your visit.
Talk this through with the other family members and plan out your visit accordingly. This way, all
of your family members will get to choose an activity that they love and the whole family can
If there are bucket list items that you cannot miss, we encourage you to pre-book as much as
possible. Many of our destinations are growing in popularity and we don’t want you to miss a
single opportunity to experience it!

Pack snacks!

In order to keep the energy up during your adventures, pack a few snacks to share. Portable
snacks are one of the best ways to keep little hands and mouths occupied while on the go!
Opt for snacks that don’t require a cooler and travel well are essential to keeping the energy up,
meltdowns to a minimum, and an enjoyable trip for all.
Here are a few ideas for snacks that travel well:
● Raw veggies
● Pretzels, goldfish, crackers
● Applesauce pouches
● Whole fruits (apples, oranges, bananas)
● Dried fruits and chips (unsweetened apple chips, dried apricots, raisins)

Travel with first aid

Traveling with basic medications is always a good idea!
Packing a small collection of a few over-the-counter items will prepare you in case of an
emergency or small bumps and bruises
Here are a few items to toss in your bag:
● Headache medicines
● Allergy medicines
● Medicine for upset stomachs
● Motion sickness prevention medication
● Bandaids
● Any other important medication that might apply to your family

Now, get to planning your next trip to Miami County! We can’t wait to see you.