15 Jul 5 Ideas for Your Family’s Summer Reunion
When summer rolls around, it’s a good time to get out and have a blast with the people you love the most. Hanging out together, having memories, and having time to visit, catch up, and laugh is always a benefit. Yet. Before you can even leave the house, there’s a lot of preparation that has to come together beforehand, particularly if you have a family and you’re trying to get the kids ready, too.
If that’s the case, you frequently can’t even enjoy yourself until all the prep is behind you and you’re on the road. And if you’re the one in charge of arranging the entire shindig, you’re trying to take a bunch of things into consideration to ensure the vacation is a hit for everyone! To guide you out, we’ve thought of five simple recommendations for when you are getting ready for this year’s fun in the sun.
Protecting yourself in the sun is important, and gone are the days when you need to spend minutes (that feel like hours) rubbing sunblock lotion on all the kids (and then trying to get the greasy residue off your own fingers!). The sunblock sticks (think glue sticks) are awesome for getting faces without getting anything in the eyes! Regardless of the fun on your calendar this summer, pack plenty of sunblock so you can play in the sun as much as you want without getting burned.
Don’t overpack. Especially if you have kids, it can sometimes be easy to bring the whole house in the car. In the back of your mind, you are worried that if you leave this or that item at home, you’re going to wind up needing it for sure. So, what comes about? You pack tons of shirts and shorts, some long pants in case it gets cool, a sweatshirt, medicine, extra diapers, and on and on and on, trying to ensure that you’re prepared for whatever reality. Here’s the thing. In our experience, we usually end up packing way too much and it’s largely undesirable. (Particularly if the family is headed to one vacation spot for an entire week, you can always wash clothes and wear them again if need be, and there’s usually a store in town where you could go get some Motrin if the baby starts teething.) Keeping it simple by streamlining makes it easy to obtain ready for the week, and a cinch to throw everything back in the car when it’s time to head home.
Being in the heat often saps your energy and makes you hungry for something salty! If you’re headed for a beach vacation or lots of time walking around in the sun, stock up on salty snacks and something cool to quench your thirst.
When you’re trying to decide where to go, choose a destination that will be a good fit for the entire family. You can’t really enjoy yourself if the kids aren’t entertained.
And finally, as a final tip, make a master packing list. Before you even begin packing, make a master list of everything you need to bring along, and jot down even the basic things. When it’s time to pack, you can star each item as you pack it away. The great thing about this? You know you won’t forget anything. And, when it comes time to head and leave home, you can pull that same list out and check to make sure that you got everything back into the car. If you do that, you’ll be sure to not forget your glasses at the rental vacation home or your chef knife that you brought along to make sure you ‘d have a decent kitchen knife when preparing meals.
If you’re looking for a way to make transportation easier for the whole crew, consider calling us to reserve a motorcoach! We are familiar with local areas, have professional, friendly drivers, and choosing to GoMotorcoach means that the whole family can ride together.