Tuesday, February 9, 2010

My Ten Tips for Creating a Fun Family Vacation Free of Distractions.

I think the best way to keep any vacation fun and distraction free is to be prepared. The more time you spend thinking ahead and being prepared, the less time you spend worrying, and cleaning up the mishaps. This means more time for fun, fun, and more fun.

I'd like to give a shout out to TwitterMoms and Alamo for the opportunity to take part in this contest and to share my Top Ten List. If anyone would like to know more about this contest, visit TwitterMoms Discussion Page for more details. Now on to my Top Ten List. : )

1. Keep a small trash can or bucket in your vehicle because you just never know. I know this may sound crazy but ever since the day my cousin told me about her driving experience with her little girls getting sick while traveling on vacation I have kept a small trash can in my car. And yes, My son who is almost 8 years old has had to use it on many occasions. But I have yet to clean up any vomit off the seats or floors of my vehicle.

2. Pack some Tylenol and a thermometer for your kids. Illnesses do not take a break for vacations. I know this one first hand. Make sure you have the necessary items you would need if your child where to ever fall ill during a family vacation.

3. Fun games to travel by. My family and I love to play games like "I Spy", "The Alphabet Game" and "Can You Guess What I am Thinking". All are fun family friendly games that require no additional space in your vehicle just in your brain. lol. And the entire family can get involved from little to big. These types of brain games really helped us to keep the kids occupied and would have us laughing hysterically the entire way to our destination.

4. Keep plenty of healthy snacks on hand and pack lunch not only for the drive but for the days in between. When kids are hungry they get cranky. Healthy snacks help to keep them not only healthy but happy on a long trip. Some healthy snack ideas include pieces of fruit, raisins, yogurt in the tubes and string cheese. Also fill a small cooler with bottles water and orange juice and anything else that you may need to keep cold and keep in on the floor in the back seat. PB&J sandwiches are always good as well. No cranky kids. More travel time. Sounds great to me.

5. Leave as early in the morning as you can. Like while the kids are still asleep. The less time they are awake the easier the travel will be especially if they are little ones who hate being in their car seats for a long period of time. Plus leaving early usually means less traffic which in turn means less aggravation.

6. Plan each day of your vacation ahead of time. When I say plan I mean know what is going to be around you and have your game plan all ready before your even pack for the trip. That way you can make everyone aware of what you will be doing and the places you will be visiting before you even leave for your vacation. This will lead to less worries and even arguments when trying to decide on where and what you will be doing on each day.

7. Make sure everyone gets plenty of rest during every night of your vacation. No matter where you are going rest is so important because we know that vacation days can make for a long day. Make sure to keep the kids on schedule for bedtime as well as yourself. The more rested everyone is the less crankiness there will be throughout the day which means there is more fun to be had.

8. Bring your camera or video camera and plenty of batteries. You can't take a vacation and not take pictures. Make sure you have plenty of charged batteries on hand as well because it is no fun when the camera dies and you have to wait hours for the battery to charge. You can miss so much in that time.

9. Make a checklist and pack for all types of weather. Trust me, you do not want to forget any necessary items and/or be unprepared for unforeseen weather. Bringing extra's is always better than not having enough.

10. Keep a first aid kit filled with bandages, gauze, etc. in your vehicle. You never know what could happen and a first aid kid always comes in handy. Also make sure if you are camping, or in any wooded area that you always check your kids for ticks at least once every morning.

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4 Comments:

Bob West said...

God has greatly gifted you
I enjoyed visiting your blog
God Bless; http://westbob.blogspot.com/2010/02/encourager-part-1.html

Mel4Him said...

Awe, thank you very much for the comment. : ) God Bless you as well.

Michelle @ Flying Giggles said...

These are some great tips. Thanks for sharing!

Nicole Feliciano said...

Love those road trips. But great sleep every night? Never going to happen with this crew.




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