Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Vacation Preparation 101

Summer's coming which means vacation season will soon be in full swing. I thought I'd share a couple of tips I've found useful when getting ready to hit the road for a family getaway.

1. Make a list of toiletries you need to take - sunscreen, hair gel, toothpaste. Purchase some plastic bottles (available in the travel size section at Target or Walmart) and fill them up. Don't forget to label them! Place them in a Ziploc bag in your suitcase. If they leak, your entire suitcase won't smell like Tropical Rainforest.

2. Make a list of other items you want to take - a power strip, wet wipes, Uno cards, extra batteries for your camera, etc. As you accumulate these things, place them in a central location. For instance, we use a plastic tub to put all of our take-alongs in. Sometimes we start gathering things a few months before we leave. If we find a great deal on batteries, we go ahead and buy them, then put them in the take-along tub until time to pack. No more last-minute hunting for that item you put aside last month! It's all in one place.

3. If you're planning on doing a lot of walking, say at Disney World, buy a new pair of walking shoes now! Don't wait until the week before and think you'll have time to break them in. Trust me on this. You'll need a month or so of moderate use to get your shoes really broken in for Disney walking. Oh, take an extra pair of shoestrings, too. Go ahead - buy them right now and put them in your take-along tub. You'll thank me for it.

4. Speaking of walking, get yourself in physical condition before attempting to walk around Disney (or New York City). Go for a daily walk, again starting a month or more before your vacation. Did you know the average person walks at least 10 miles a day at Disney? So, please, don't punish your poor feet by going from zero to 10 without working up to it a bit.

5. If you're driving a long distance, check out your route before hand. Are there any interesting stops along the way? Can you schedule a break for lunch at a scenic national park? Or visit the world's largest ball of yarn for a photo op while passing through? Knowing these things will help make for a more pleasant trip. And you'll get to look really smart to your kids.

Above all, plan to have fun! Isn't that what vacations are all about anyway?

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1 comment:

  1. Great ideas! Have fun on your summer vacation.