Making a spring break for it
March 29, 2013
Are you heading somewhere for Spring Break? We've heard from
people who are beach bound, heading for the slopes, to Buffalo for
a family reunion and a nearby indoor water park. Good times to be
had. But let's be honest: there's a lot of work that goes into
getting out of Dodge. So we asked around, clicked around and came
up with a list of things that might help take the edge off,
especially if there's a road trip in your future.
Make a list and check it twice. Packing for a
family can be mind boggling. A list always makes it easier. You can
even print, laminate and store in your luggage so you'll have handy
for your next trip. Try this one to get you started
and customize to your family and destination.
Take a page from the Garanimals playbook. The
color-coded kids clothes from back in the day were embraced because
they took the guesswork out of grumpy mornings and helped kids
dress themselves. Keep the magic alive for younger kids with a
little twist on traditional packing. Match up outfits and put them
in large resealable plastic bags. They can grab a bag and get on
Build a travel treat box. You'll find beautiful
takes on the treat box all over the Internet, but here are the
basics. Buy yourself a plastic tackle box or bead organizer (both
have clear lids and multiple compartments) at your local discount
or craft store. Then raid your pantry and fill with dried fruits,
potato chips, pretzels, nuts, popcorn, granola, raisins, chocolate
chips, M&Ms, tortilla chips or anything that travels well…and
helps your kids (and you?!) do the same.
Personalized water bottles. We debated including
this because who wants to stop for another potty break? But the
truth is, pit stops always end up costing a fortune when everyone
needs a juice or a bottled water. Fill 'er up before you leave and
refill with your drive-thru water. Color code or write your names
on them though to avoid potential water bottle battles.
Pack the cookie sheets? Weird? Maybe, but your
standard issue cookie sheets are stackable, easily packable and
they make a great lap tray for Legos, toy cars, beads and crafts,
artwork and more.
Encourage grafitti. We love these wipeable window
markers! Give your kids a pack and let them decorate as you
drive. Word is they won't wipe off dry, but a little water or a
baby wipe will do the trick. Warning: Buy two packs. You'll want to
do this, too.
Make organizing easy.
An oldie but goodie from
everyone's organizing hero. This retrofitted shoe organizer is one
of Martha Stewart's 2004 Good Things and we love that you can load
it up with whatever goodies will keep your crew happy.
Glow with the flow. Make night travel a little more
fun with glow sticks from your local discount or dollar store that
can be turned into necklaces, bracelets and fun little
Let the kids document the trip, too. Buy some
inexpensive disposable cameras and blank notebooks. Kids can use
the cameras in the car and once you arrive to snap their versions
of vacation. Sure, you might end up with some pictures of the grass
or an extreme close-up of the back of your head, but if you tell
them they can make their own memory book, they just might surprise
you. Older kids can journal about their days and leave room for
And if you're staying home this year, good for you! It's a great
time to visit some of your favorite local attractions since they
won't be crowded, you can hit the movie theater, take a day trip,
or movies and popcorn in everyone's jammies doesn't sound half bad
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