29 Dec Have you packed the wipes? – Our perfect guide to getting out the door these school holidays
With Christmas done and dusted, it’s time to get adventurous and take the family out for some serious fun. But whether it’s a weeklong trip to the coast or a train ride to the city, there are a myriad of things to be planned and considered (like most of parenting I guess). A lot of families find it best to get to their destinations earlier in the day to avoid crowds and make the most of busting energy levels.
When choosing a destination think about whether it is appropriate for the ages and personalities of all the family members. The beach probably isn’t appropriate if one kid hates sand and grandma doesn’t like being in the sun too long. Also, consider the mode of transportation you’ll be using. While it may be cheaper to get a train, at the end of a long day would it have been easier to just pay the ridiculous parking fees because your little princess is over tired and throwing a massive tantrum.
With the logistics sorted, the real fun begins. Time to do some planning. This could be as simple as finding out where to get cheap prepaid tickets and arranging a meet up time. Or you may have to sort accommodation, passports, dog sitters, immunisations, download movies & games onto devices, the list here is really dependant on the duration and location of the getaway. I’ll leave the rest of this up to you.
Last minute packing of the car is always the fun (worst) part. So here’s a really basic list of everything I check off my list,
- Everyone wearing appropriate clothing and maybe has a spare of clothes ready
- Everyone has his or her own form of travel entertainment. Is the iPad charged and loaded with games/movies that don’t require internet connection? Are the colouring books a practical size and is a convenient mini pack of crayons ready, with a smaller selection of all the best colours? Have enough pairs of headphones been packed? Are the little cuddly “best friends” ready to go? You get the jist here, right!
- Everyone has shoes on!! Everyone has a hat on !!
- Sunscreen, insect repellent, baby wipes (they clean anything sticky and sandy), spare plastic bags to dispose of rubbish, an overstacked nappy bag.
- If I’m taking my own car, I will usually pack a towel or 2 as well. They might get used for drying wet people, around the shoulders to warm people, or as an impromptu picnic blanket.
- Plenty of food and drinks to make it through an extended day. You’ll pack this depending on the outing, just keep in mind that there may be delays and kid can sometimes be easily settled with a little piece to chew on. Proper hydration is crucial for a summer day too, to be sure to pack plenty of wattle for everyone.
- Don’t forget to pack your Zestio pouches too, they can be an easy on-the-go car snack. We enjoy them filled with purees, yoghurt, frozen smoothies that keep cold and defrost well for a delicious snack, chia puddings, custard, even dips and condiments.
It’ll be pretty hard to avoid peak days for some places as it is school holidays, but some things/places might be better pushed back until some of the school go back. It’s usually only a couple of days difference, but it might work for you.
Now go & have some fabulous family time together, we’re off camping!!