A family vacation is the perfect time to start a new culinary tradition. Get off the fast-food track by packing picnic lunches to eat at scenic parks along the way. And you can bypass the dubious nutritional quality of airport snacks if you make and take your own. Try granola, trail mix, fresh vegetables or cheese sticks that your children can prepare (or at least pack) themselves -- which also means they'll be more likely to eat them [source: Waechter].
Dining exclusively at mom-and-pop-style eateries and other locally owned establishments is a vacation tradition your children will be sure to remember. It adds a valuable layer of experience, because local foods reflect a region's history and tradition. And eating at a favorite local restaurant will become its own tradition the next time you return to the area.