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How to Prepare Your Teen For Their First Parent Free Trip


This news story was published on July 14, 2021.
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The thought of your teen going on vacation without you, or your other half can be nerve-wracking, and your mind is probably racing already. How will you know if they are, okay? Will they call? What if they run out of money? Helping your loved one prepare for their trip is the best way to calm your nerves. It will enable you to oversee their plans and offer advice when they need it. Here is a short guide to help you prepare your teen for their first trip without parents.

Advise Them About Suitable Destinations

Your teen is likely to be incredibly excited about taking their first trip with friends, and they probably have a few destinations in mind already. Of course, if you have given them permission to take this trip, you probably already trust them to make sensible decisions. However, if a destination seems a bit far-fetched, don’t be afraid to gently pitch in. Don’t be the negative voice in their ear. Instead, offer them reasonable reasons why they might be better off choosing somewhere else. For example, your teen may want to take a road trip to the other side of the country, but only one person in the group can drive. Give them your honest opinion and ask them if they truly think this one person can handle the entire journey themselves.

Gift an Ergonomic Backpack

First-time backpackers, urban explorers, and general adventure seekers will need a trusty bag to fit their essentials in. When it comes to travel, the trusty backpack is the winner. There are many different backpacks on the market, so make sure you choose a style that fits your teen to a tee. Do your research and look for a backpack that is lightweight and features waterproofing of some sort. The type of backpack you purchase can make a huge difference to how comfortable your teen is during their trip. Besides their main bag, it is a good idea for people to have an ergonomic backpack for day trips. If your loved one isn’t doing the sort of traveling that requires a backpack, a rolling duffel bag or an oversized weekend bag should do the trick. Practical gifts for travelers, such as a reliable bag, can help your teen prepare for their trip.

Help Them Pack Properly

If your teen has been on vacation with you before, they probably have an idea of what to pack. However, you should still ‘check in’ with them during this process. Forgetting to pack shampoo and conditioner is no problem as they can purchase everyday items everywhere. However, make sure they pack their necessities, such as items related to their health (if applicable). If they do require medication, they should pack a little extra just in case, and they should also take copies of their prescription with them. They should also have enough money to cover them in case of an emergency, but not so much that you will worry about it getting lost or stolen.

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