Our only vacation for the summer.
It had it’s ups and downs, and I predicted pretty well how things were going to be in my post earlier this month.
Family Travels on a Budget warned me to check her site for tips, and I did, but driving with 2 screaming kids, I forgot all that I had read and went to my old ways (definitely write down tips on index cards would have been best).
Apparently the Where’s My Perry App on the Kindle has become the new crack for kids and my son was screaming that he needed to play it, had to play it. And the battery was dead on the Kindle from playing it (forgot to charge the battery). Got it plugged in and after 15 long minutes, he was back to playing his game.
Suggestion #1. Ensure all the electronics requiring to be charged are fully charged the night before and that you take the power cords.
We arrived where we were headed, things were great until the next morning.
I had double checked the kids suitcases to ensure they had all their clothes. And I forgot to pack my shirts. And my hairbrush. And beach towels.
Suggestion #2. Make sure you pack your clothes first, and the night before, not 15 minutes before you leave like I did.
Suggestion #3. Have toiletries (and a brush) that just stay in your suitcase. I have them, because I have forgotten my brush the past 2 trips and we had to buy them. Don’t let your husband remove them.
Suggestion #4. Take beach towels. We bought 4 new bathroom towels instead of beach towels because they were 1/2 the price of the beach towels. Our suit cases live by the beach towels, but could not find their way into the suitcases.
Over all the trip was great, the kids had fun at the beach, they did not enjoy driving around to a exciting new beach. The things they loved the most, were right next to our hotel. When asked, they liked playing miniature golf and riding the go-carts. Things we could have done 20 minutes from our house, but we drove 4 hours away to do instead.
We even had melt downs on the way home because the Where’s my Perry crack wasn’t letting my son do something (it is a great app, he’s 5 and doesn’t understand why it won’t let him be the Agent F like he wants). We played I Spy on the way home and laughed and had fun in between tantrums.
We also didn’t tell them we were coming home. Well, we did, but we said we were going to the Casa Hotel. My son was less than thrilled to see our house when we pulled in.
And we will do it all again next summer.
I failed to mention how we were traveling with a 10 year old map in the van as well. Getting places was fine, when we told Onstar where we wanted to go, but just traveling around on our own, the map was questionable.
Suggestion #5: Have a current map in your car.disclosure policy