As winter starts to disappear and spring is only a matter of weeks away, millions of people are starting to benefit from brighter, lighter days and better weather. This can make going outdoors seem like a far more attractive option than staying in and weekends can now start to focus on life outside the home.

Around this time of year, many families start to plan for family vacations that will take place once summer arrives. Such trips can be a source of great excitement and joy, but it’s important to plan for them effectively.

In this article, three essential considerations will be explored when planning for a family vacation. There’s information on what to do with your precious pets (especially if you’re going on a long vacation), and how to save money at the airport and in-flight. Finally, there’s some brief advice on planning for vaccinations and entry requirements if you’re planning to visit an exotic destination.

1.   Think of your pets on long vacations

While many pet-owning families will put their cherished animals into kennels or catteries when going on vacation, this may not be the best option on longer trips. For many people, pets are part of the family, and they may choose to take them along for the vacation.

In such circumstances, it’s important to research the options that are available to you. For example, you could search online for a dog transport service to find a selection of firms that can safely transport your pet over longer distances and have them ready at a pick-up point when you arrive. This may be ideal if you’re traveling abroad or across a long distance nationally.

Ensure that you have your pet’s favorite foods and treats packed with you, especially if you’re taking them to a foreign country that may not stock the same products in their local shops.

2.   Saving money at the airport and in-flight

Millions of families will travel by plane this summer, especially if they intend to visit foreign destinations. However, regardless of where you fly to, one constant factor is the high price of food and drinks both at the airport and in-flight. Airports and airlines have a captive audience of travelers and can charge far higher prices for food and drinks.

Save yourself some money by packing some essential snacks and drinks for the journey. These will keep your energy levels up while you’re waiting to board and during the flight. Buy these in advance from your local supermarket and you’ll save a considerable amount of money.

3.   Research entry requirements and vaccinations

Finally, if you’re planning a long-distance family vacation to an exotic country, it’s wise to research the entry requirements and any vaccinations that you may need. Some tropical countries still have major problems with malaria and other illnesses. They may require entrants to have a range of vaccinations (or to take tablets in the case of malaria). Search online for vaccinations you may need based on your destination country and book these with your family doctor.

In addition, it’s vital to research the entry requirements of the country that you’re traveling to. You and your family may need to apply for visas before you travel (depending on the destination and your nationality) or you may be refused entry.

Research and organize both vaccinations and any entry requirements weeks before you travel to ensure that the trip runs smoothly.