The best way to ensure your family trip goes as smooth as possible is to get prepared before you go. This includes packing the necessities for both travel and the destination, and preparing yourself and your kids for what to expect while you’re away. If the kids have a reasonable idea of what is happening on the vacation they will adapt faster. If YOU have a good handle on what to expect your stress level will be lower and you will enjoy the trip more. Below you will find packing lists for different destinations, my advice for what to bring on the plane, and guides for choosing a great place to stay & finding good food. Feel free to email or leave a comment if there is something that you cannot find!