How To Share A Hotel Room Without Killing Your Family

I wonder how the pioneers did it.

I remember reading about how they would pack Ma and Pa and 4 or more kids into a one-room cabin and live there for years. I suppose they were used to it. However, when you stuff a modern American family of 4, 2 adults and 2 teens, into a hotel room, it can get a little dicey!

Here are 8 tips that helped us on a recent trip:

1. Personal electronics. We all had more than one device. Here is the total for my family of 4: 3 computers, 4 cell phones, 3 cameras, 1 iPod, 1 Nook and 1 Game Boy. Also, I made sure to book rooms with free wireless internet. Next time I will bring an extension cord with multiple outlets. Hotel rooms don’t have enough outlets. Check all the outlets before you leave to make sure nothing was left plugged in.

2. Earplugs and an eye mask (This was for me-everybody else can sleep through anything).

3. TV – this can be problematic. However, I only had to threaten once to turn it off if the kids couldn’t come to an agreement. Closed captioning helps later at night if the volume has to be turned down so low that it is hard to hear over the air conditioning.

4. Hang loose and say “Yes” as much as possible분당풀싸롱 As in, “Yes, you can watch that show, and then your brother gets to pick the next one.” Tempers can flare in close quarters and quickly sour a vacation. With older kids, allow them some autonomy in deciding what to do. On our one-day visit to Disneyland, for example, when we returned to the room for a late afternoon break, the kids didn’t want to go back to Disneyland in the evening. Rather than gripe about how much money we spent on their tickets, my husband I returned to the park without them and had a lovely time. They were happy watching TV, too.

5. Leave the room to make phone calls that will last more than about a minute–a rule for everyone!

6. Have lots of water and snack food. It is hard to fight and eat at the same time, although not impossible. A refrigerator is great for left overs.

7. Plan shower times. If at all possible, get a hotel room that has the sink area separate from the toilet/shower area. That way someone can be in the bathroom at the same time that someone else is brushing teeth, doing hair, etc

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