I’m so excited! Today is July 1st, which means that we will be at the beach in 22 days! Our vacation always comes at the end of a very long summer. We will have already traveled all over the place, spent many days and nights away from home, but none of our time away will have been a vacation. By the time we arrive for a week of relaxation, we are usually so tired that we have no energy for fun.
Which brings me to the other side of the coin…I’m already so exhausted by the idea of vacation and it isn’t even here yet.
Don’t get me wrong, I love to get away from home. Even though I really don’t like sand and I don’t tolerate the beach much longer than a few short hours a day, I really do like being someplace for the sole purpose of fun and enjoyment.
But dang y’all, kids require so much stuff. And not just that, they require constant supervision, especially in unfamiliar (and un-babyproofed) environments. Who knew, right?! 😉
We have started renting a car when we go on long driving trips, because our two cars are getting up there in mileage and we prefer not to put the wear and miles on them. Renting SUVs is super expensive, so we go for a standard size car and we fill that baby to the brim with our suitcases, Pack N Plays, baby monitors, high chair booster seats, and all the other things that I think will make the trip more enjoyable for us. Needless to say, I don’t get much enjoyment out of the packing and unpacking.
Which has me thinking I need to seriously downsize the amount of stuff we take on this year’s beach vacation. Do we really need the monitor? Is there a smaller type of booster seat we could take? Should we just buy beach toys when we get there instead of taking up space in the car? How many outfits do we really need? We talked about this on the podcast (Travel Tips – #4) and blog before, but I need more help.
I’m willing to be that out of all of our readers, there are some of you who have become expert packers. You have it down to a science, you know the cheapest and best way to handle the stuff for vacation. So let’s hear it! Fill the comments with your ideas for saving space and saving headaches on vacations with kids!