Thursday, April 27, 2017

Pre-Vacation Blues: How To Take The Stress Out Of Packing

A vacation is meant to be a pretty relaxing experience. However, anyone who's ever tried to take a vacation with kids is fully aware that it can be the exact opposite. That goes double for actually trying to get ready. For a lot of people, trying to get an entire family packed and ready for a trip can be so stressful that it almost doesn't seem worth it! However, that doesn't mean that that's the way it has to be. There are plenty of things that you can do to make sure that you can get everything packed and ready without having a complete stress-induced breakdown. Here are just a few things that you might want to do in order to make packing for your vacation as stress-free as possible.

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Make a plan

It can be tempting to try and wing it and just assume that you'll remember everything that you need. Make no mistake, if you do this, you will forget something. The best thing to do is to make a clear plan that lays out everything that you are going to need and why you're going to need it. By having a clear idea of why you need to pack something you can make sure that you're not packing something unnecessary that's just going to take up space. Not only that but you should make sure to make this plan as far in advance as possible. Leaving everything too late is just going to cause you to rush and miss something potentially important. There's nothing more frustrating than arriving at your destination are realizing that you've left something important all the way back home.


Buy anything you need in advance


There are things that you need when you're on vacation that you simply don't have much use of any other time. Because of this a lot of people find it tempting to just buy things like that once they're on vacation. There are a couple of reasons that this is a terrible idea. For one thing, you're much more likely to get ripped off since a lot of vacation spots are filled with people trying to make a quick buck off tourists. You might think that you're buying some kids designer swimwear, but chances are that whatever you buy is going to fall apart pretty quickly. Not only that but, even if you find the genuine article while on vacation, it's likely that it's going to be twice the usual price because many stores in tourist destinations are fully aware that you won't be able to find what you need anywhere else.   


Give everyone tasks

One of the most stressful things about trying to get ready for a vacation is the fact that you can often feel like you have to do it all yourself. The best way to deal with this is to share the load with the other people in your family. Give everyone specific tasks. Get the kids to handle packing their own clothes and any toys that they want to take. Sure you may have to check them over to make sure that nothing important is missing, but it's a heck of a lot easier to do that than to do everyone's packing for them.

Travelling should be a nice and enriching experience for everyone. So stressing out for a holiday trip should not be in your list. What are your must haves when you travel? Comment down below!

xoxo,
Therese
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