Popular ocean beaches tend to hog all the vacation spotlight. However, many families with children prefer to vacation together on a beautiful lake. These destinations have a lot to offer, and the typical costs of lodging, food, and nearby activities are far cheaper than those of a beach resort somewhere on a tropical island. After you have chosen the perfect lake vacation spot, follow these practical tips for planning your family trip to ensure fun that everyone in your little band will enjoy it.
Pack the Essentials
Make sure to pack enough food and beverages to last for the duration of your trip. It is usually cheaper to rent a cottage or lakefront cabin that has a kitchen area rather than stay at an expensive hotel. Plan enough meals for your stay, and be sure to include some family-favorite menu choices that are easy to make like sandwiches, grilled burgers, and a few snacks. Remember to pack essentials like sunscreen, bug repellent, beach attire, swimming towels, flip-flops, a few sand toys for sandcastle building, sunglasses, aloe after-sun lotion, a good read for mom, and a shade umbrella.
Plan Some Activities
Most lakes feature lots of family-friendly activities. These might include jet-skiing, water skiing, boating, fishing, swimming, diving, hiking on surrounding nature trails, bike riding, horseback riding, and whatever else the area has to offer. Always plan activities that are age-appropriate for safety purposes. You can avoid boating accidents by being especially careful on a crowded lake. If you’re allowed to build one, a toasty bonfire with fixings for s’mores is a nice way to end the day.
Prepare for Fun on a Rainy Day
Regardless of how thorough your travel plans, sometimes it rains. Prepare ahead of time by bringing along some rainy-day enjoyment like kid-friendly board games, cards, and travel-sized activities. Keep it simple and enjoyable. Consider coloring books, audiobooks, watercolors to paint rocks, and easy craft and family-participation games like charades or trivia. There may be nearby indoor activities like roller skating, rock climbing, indoor water parks, movie theaters, gaming arcades, bowling, or museums to explore.
With a little planning, your lake vacation with your family can be fun for all. Be sure to visit nearby landmarks, historical sites like lighthouses, community events, or nature parks. Splurge on eating at a local dining venue, browse novelty shops, and don’t forget the camera. You’ll want to remember forever these memorable moments with the people you love most.