It’s an important tip, but one that continues to be a real challenge for me. Traveling with children takes plenty of energy. In the pre-departure chaos — that stage of trying to prepare for the trip and compensate for missed work — be mindful of your own physical needs, because it will be difficult to administer to your children if you begin your vacation already depleted. Travel with kids is not known for being restful, unless you’re traveling with an entourage of helpers; force yourself to recognize which tasks can wait for your return and which items you can do without.
Post originally submitted as part of a series with Andrew Harper.