Travel Tips for Families: How to Plan the Perfect Summer Getaway

Travel Tips for Families: How to Plan the Perfect Summer Getaway

Travel Tips for Families: How to Plan the Perfect Summer Getaway

Summer is the ideal time for families to break away from the daily routine and enjoy a refreshing vacation. Whether you’re heading to the beach, the mountains, or a bustling city, planning ahead can make all the difference. Here are some actionable tips to help you prepare for the perfect summer getaway with your family, covering packing essentials, travel safety, and making the most of your stay.

1. Choose the Right Destination

Select a destination that offers activities for all ages. Consider places with a variety of attractions from amusement parks to hiking trails, and cultural sites. Our hotels are located in family-friendly areas that provide an array of entertainment options.  In Fort Collins families can take advantage of exploring the local hiking trails and Horsetooth Reservoir. By our Thornton properties, there are tons of fun activities from TopGolf to Main Event, and much more is just a quick drive to the heart of Denver. 

2. Book Early and Look for Deals

Summer is a peak travel season, so book your accommodations and activities early. Look for early bird discounts, family packages, and special offers at our hotels. Early booking also gives you a better chance of securing your preferred room type and amenities. If you have already put off booking until this summer, try and take advantage of last-minute deals. Often times Fridays-Sundays will have higher rates than during the week.

3. Packing Tips for Families

Packing efficiently can save you a lot of hassle. Here are some tips to keep your packing stress-free:

  • Create a Checklist: Use a packing checklist to ensure nothing is forgotten. 
  • Pack Light: Choose versatile clothing that can be mixed and matched. Don't forget swimwear, hats, and sunscreen. 
  • Entertainment: Pack travel-friendly games, books, and gadgets to keep kids entertained. Keep in mind our Candlewood Suites properties has complimentary games available for rent at the front desk!
  • Snacks: Bring healthy snacks and refillable water bottles, bonus points if you bring collapsible water bottles!

4. Travel Safety

Keeping your family safe while traveling is crucial. Here are some key safety tips:

  • Plan Rest Stops: If driving, plan regular breaks to stretch, rest, and refuel. Our hotels are conveniently located along major travel routes, perfect for overnight stops.
  • Health Precautions: Pack a basic first-aid kit and any necessary medications. 
  • Stay Connected: Ensure everyone has emergency contact information. Equip older children with a phone or a way to contact you in case you get separated. 

5. Make the Most of Your Stay

Once you’ve arrived at your destination, maximize your enjoyment with these tips:

  • Explore Local Attractions: Our hotels offer easy access to local attractions. Take advantage of guided tours and family-friendly activities. 
  • Utilize Hotel Amenities: Our properties feature amenities designed for families, such as pools, full in-room kitchens and complimentary breakfast!
  • Balance Activities and Downtime: While it's tempting to fill your schedule with activities, include some downtime to relax and recharge. A leisurely afternoon by the pool or a family movie night can be just as enjoyable.

6. Capture the Memories

Don’t forget to document your family’s adventures. Encourage each family member to keep a travel journal or create a scrapbook with photos, tickets, and mementos from the trip. These travel journals for kids are great for keeping memories alive.


Planning the perfect summer getaway for your family involves careful preparation and a bit of flexibility. By following these tips, you can ensure a smooth, safe, and unforgettable vacation experience. We look forward to welcoming you to our hotels and being a part of your family’s summer memories. Safe travels and happy vacationing!

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