Divorced Dads travel differently with their family. Our members like to mix in a little Adventure with our Family time. Discover Single Parent lifestyle and enjoy year- around travel with our travel reviews. This month, we give product tips for family travel the first time as a single parent. Read more…
Traveling Dad Reviews:
First Winter Travel Tips 2014
Divorced Dads travel differently with their family. Our members like to mix in a little
Adventure with our Family time. Discover Single Parent lifestyle and enjoy
year- around travel with our travel reviews. This month, we give product tips
for family travel the first time as a single parent. Read more…
Dear Traveling Dad,
My name is Tom and I’m a 46 year old from
Nashville, Tennessee. This is my
first family trip with my 5 and 7 year old as a single dad. We are doing a ski holiday vacation and
bringing our equipment with us. What
would you recommend as necessities to make the trip go according to plan and as
smoothly as possible?
Signed Traveling Tom
Dear Traveling Tom,
First of all Tom, let me just be the first to
tell you, you are a brave man for taking on traveling as a single parent. Traveling in itself isn’t always a walk
in the park, but throw kids in the mix and you can wind up with a traveling
three-ring circus. Here are some
of Traveling Dad’s top picks for an easier and more enjoyable travel
Flight and hotel check in times, the address
for the rental car agency, places to eat and family entertainment are details
you will have to manage during your trip.
Not being able to find and access those details easily could cause
missed flights, getting lost, lots of stress and whiney kids who complain of
being bored and hungry. If you
want your vacay to be more fun and less stress, you will want a way to organize
all of that information in one place that’s easily accessible and portable. Traveling Dad recommends Apples iPad
Mini with the built in feature of wi-fi and cellular data. Having cellular data gives you access
to the web at any time without relying on a wi-fi connection. Plus, their are a million plus apps you
can use to manage all the details of your travel, keep your kids entertained
with games, movies and videos and look up places around you.
Along with the iPad, I also highly recommend
you get a portable battery charger, like the Mophie, Juice Pack Powerstation
Mini External Battery to keep it charged at all times. My portable battery was a lifesaver on
my recent trip to Puerto Rico. I
had to leave my friends in the rainforest, because they didn’t have the guts to
go ziplining with me. I told them I
would come back to pick them up when I was done, but in the meantime my phone
had died. If I didn’t have the portable battery, I’m not sure if I would have
been able to find them again. That
would of definitely taken away from the high of flying through the rainforest
on a zipline.
If it wasn’t enough to have to worry about having to
keep all your clothes, travel docs and toiletries organized, you will have the extra-added
stress of keeping your ski equipment organized. Save yourself the stress by using a ski travel bag for
your skis and a backpack to carry your ski boots. Also, be sure to check ahead of time the fees the
airlines charge for carrying additional bags. You don’t want to start your vacation with the
buzzkill of having to pay extra fees you didn’t expect.
By managing your information, staying charged and being
organized, your family trip will hopefully be more fun and less stress.
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traveling suggestions, planning or general questions about your next vacation?
Ask us, we are here and ready to help. Send an email to: Travel@SingleDad.com
and we will get back to you right away!
Richard “RJ” Jaramillo, is the Founder of SingleDad.com,
a website and social media resource dedicated to single parenting and specifically for the newly divorced, re-married, widowed and single Father with children.
RJ is self employed, entrepreneur living in San Diego and a father of three children. The mission of SingleDad is to help the community of Single Parents
“Make Life Happen…Again!”