No matter where you travel with kids, there always seems to be a Costco (Walmart, Target, Sam’s club, random grocery store) nearby. After a day of tantrums or in the case of kids not dealing with time-change a couple of samples and a ride around in a cart can make a new place seem familiar while you can mentally regroup and get back to enjoying your trip. Some of our best souvenirs have been found this way and these stores tell so much about the place you’re visiting because they sell what people in that place buy everyday. And, because so many grocery stores are now open 24 hours, these places are great places to run to when your kids wake up at 5am and the hotel pool doesn’t open until 8am.
(PS. I try to look these places up before we leave for our adventures so I can pull them out of my back pocket just in case.