A family vacation is a great way to spend time together and make lasting memories.  It can also be a recipe for disaster.  Here are some tips to help make your vacation more enjoyable.

Long car rides.  A road trip is a popular way to get to your family vacation spot.  Hours in the car, can also be very difficult for children.  Everyone is tired, hungry and sick of sitting.  Be sure to pack snacks, activities, and take breaks for kids to get out and stretch and run a little.

While you are away.  Although family vacations are exciting, for many children being away from home and usual routines can be stressful.  Consider establishing something as routine while you are away.  Maybe you continue to read each night before bed, eat dinner together, or a regular bath time routine.

Vacation programs.  It may be helpful to have a simple positive reinforcement program to maintain positive behavior in your child during a vacation.  Keep it simple, specific, and remember to praise.