Summer Travel Essentials for Big Families
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My family and I are mere days away from our major summer vacation plans to visit my side of the family in Northern Michigan. We are taking all five of our kiddos across the country from the SoCal High Desert to Northern Michigan. We’ll be taking two planes and a van ride to get us to our rural destination and have adventures planned over the course of two weeks. Traveling with our large family will be quite the challenge, but we’ve travelled together before and I’m drawing off of our previous experiences to get us through this trip of a lifetime. This is my comprehensive list of summer travel essentials for big families like mine.
LG Grace Phone and Walmart Family Mobile Plan, powered by T-Mobile
I use the Unlimited Talk, Text, & Data which includes up to 15GB of 4G LTE† then 2G* the $49.88 PLUS Plan from Walmart Family Mobile. My younger kiddos share their LG Grace phone to call their other parents (we’re a blended family), send them a text, and take pictures. It’s a simple way to stay connected while they travel since they don’t need a phone all of the time. I can easily walk into Walmart knowing I’m getting the best priced no-contract wireless plan, pick the phone, pick the plan, and go. No renewals or contracts to worry about and no late fees or activation fees to factor in. Since they use Nationwide coverage on T-Mobile’s 4G LTE† network, I also don’t have to worry about whether or not they’ll have service when they do call and interact with their other parents on the line. As an added bonus, while we’re on the $49.88 PLUS Plan, we receive a free VUDU◊ movie rental credit (valued at $7.00) each time we renew the service.
A printed itinerary
Maybe I’m old fashioned, but I believe a printed itinerary is essential when traveling with a large family. I print off all our confirmations, hotel reservations, and travel details and store them in my trusty paper planner to ensure we have all the information we need. This is also helpful in the event of an emergency or a spontaneous change of plans.
With kiddos, even older ones, a backpack is one item I never regret bringing on our summer travels. Someone always needs me to hold something, cuts and scrapes are inevitable, and it gives me a safe place to store sunscreen, bug spray, and extra water. As a serial souvenir shopper, it’s also handy for my inevitable magnet purchase as we explore new towns and areas.
These three essentials have been my true blue sidekicks during previous adventures with my big family. While there’s bound to be a bit of chaos, at least it’s controlled chaos thanks to these helpful tools. I’d love to hear some of your travel essentials and advice you have to offer my large family before we embark on our summer journey.
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*Disclaimer: All prices for phones and plans included in this post are accurate as of the date of posting; however, these prices are subject to change. Please refer to this page or your local Walmart for current pricing.
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†To get 4G LTE speed, you must have a 4G LTE capable device and 4G LTE SIM Card. Actual availability, coverage, and speed may vary. LTE is a trademark of ETSI.
◊Limited time offer. Available for lines active with the PLUS $49.88 plan only. VUDU enabled device and account required for digital viewing. Customers must be 18 years or older to open a VUDU account. Movie rental only available in the USA. Free movie rental provided in the form of a movie rental code to the value of a $7.00 VUDU credit. Must be used within 30 days of receiving code. Offer is non-transferable. Limit 1 per customer. Additional terms and conditions on VUDU’s website: http://www.vudu.com/termsofservice.html Movie rental code allows for selection from available movies for rent. May not be readily redeemable on all new releases. Code will be delivered within up to 24 hours of the effective account renewal date.