I’m writing this blog post while we are on our way to vacation. I wanted to share some funny things that have happened over the years. Although I’m sure at the time, none of these things were funny; now all I can do is laugh.
This vacation, I waited until the day of to pack everything for us to come to the beach, and I forgot one thing…freaking bathing suits! I quickly stopped at Target and bought myself one, and had the kids dads bring theirs. It was a simple save, yet another vacation where something important was missing. I will share a few stories, just to let you know that although you may use a checklist you may forget some very important items.
One time we took our 5 month old on a trip to Las Vegas. Fortunately, “Vegas” has a lot of family activities, but since I had an infant, I figured we would walk the strip and see the sights. I thought she would enjoy the lights and we could have a good time together. Well, we got all the way to the airport and we realized that we had forgotten her freaking stroller!! Needless to say, we got into an argument about it because (of course) we both said we thought the other person had it. Now, how both of us didn’t realize that a big ass stroller wasn’t in our car on the way to the airport is beyond me, but it is what it is.
Another time, we took our 2 week old to the beach. When we got there, we realized we had forgotten the diaper bag. We were both so upset that we had to go out and buy diapers, wipes and bottles – you know all of the stuff that we had a thousand of at home, or in the damn diaper bag.
With all those mistakes being made, let me give you a few tips that I have actually learn along the way.
♡Let the kids pack a bag of stuff that they want to play with. One time we drove to Tennessee and the night before I let the girls pack bags full of their favorite toys.
♡Adequate food and drink is also key. I personally like to pack a 31 cooler for drinks, and a huge bag of snacks – mostly for me – :-). Stopping for snacks a couple of times, not only wastes a lot of money, but uses an unnecessary amount of time. You and I both know 2 minutes turns into 7-11 minutes (for an adult) but turns into 15 minutes (for kids) because they can’t decide so quickly.
I keep one of these in my car which makes everything semi-organized.
I also keep about 10 extra grocery bags in my car at all times along with a big bag of baby wipes, duct tape, a bottle of Lysol, hair ties, a roll of quarters, an extra pair of shoes and an extra change of clothes just in case… as for duct tape don’t ask (but it comes in handy).
Someone (from my Mom’s group) recently asked about travelling internationally with kids. I have taken the children out of the country, where we needed passports and birth certificates. That was super stressful! I felt like I could barely keep up with my own bank card and license, let alone having to hold onto a passport, a baby, a purse and a diaper bag. All of that was way too much! All I can say is, find a little pouch to keep everything in and tuck the pouch into your pants or into your jacket pocket and zip it up!
My final thought is that I am so bummed the summer is almost over but I’m hopeful we will be able to hit the road again later in the year!