How we look forward to summer days and those beautiful trips we take! If you are like me and have a husband that is a teacher, we get so excited as summer draws closer. We love planning fun summer getaways. As the days get closer the kids get more excited.
Now as a mom, I have the pressure of packing not only for myself, but for three other people as well. Kids never know all the things a mommy does to get ready for a trip. Even just planning a day at the beach can be a headache .
This is part one of traveling with the Klos Family. I would like to take you on an awesome journey of the summer road trip and share with you the places that we got to see and what we thought about them. I hope to encourage you along the way and show you how to keep a trip stress-free and to have more fun.
First let’s get this out of the way. It is frustrating when you are the only one packing for everyone even for your husband. I totally get it. But the best thing you can do to set your husband up is to just lay some clothes out on the bed and say: “Babe I am going to pack these items unless you want to pick something else.” Just because he wants to wait last minute to pack dose not mean you have to as well. We moms don’t have that pleasure . We have too many things on our checklist. And that’s just one thing you don’t need on there.
Another thing you don’t need on there is making sure your house is spotless for when you get back. I try to make sure the house is really clean so we come home to a very clean house. But you know what ? It’s just gonna get messy when you unload everything when you get back anyway. So take that pressure off of you right now.
Also,get it out of your mind that if you forget something, the whole trip is going to be messed up. Total lie! Remember, there are stores along the way where you can always pick up items that you’ve left behind.
Now when you are packing for kids and have to stop at hotels, one of the biggest things you need to do is have a separate bag for hotel stay. With in that bag, have clear bags with kids name on the bag. I tell everyone about this tip. It helps with keeping an organized bag. And kids don’t get to choose what they’re going to wear it’s already chosen.
When you’re packing a hotel bag you want it to be quick and easy getting in and out of these hotels specially with a family of five. So go ahead and leave your pillow at home. There is no need to bring it.
If you are driving both ways go ahead and bring a pack n play but most hotels have one or they have a room that has a pull out bed that you can put two kids on it. Again I recommend ziplock bags for kids with their name and day to wear items. Then stack them in the bag based on when they are going to wear the item.
Only pack two pjs because they can re-wear them. Extra underwear is always recommended.
For example we stayed three nights in hotels. So I put the name of the child and the day on the ziplock bag. That way it’s easy to grab; you can always have a trash bag for dirty clothes, so when you reach your destination you can do a wash. Some hotels do have an area that you can wash your clothes if you decide to do that just have quarters available . Bring a pop out laundry basket that is easy to travel with to help with getting clothes back to your room.
Now you may have one of those kids like my six year old that wants to pack a whole suitcase full of toys and dolls not realizing that we will be flying back home.
There is an easy solution, just give her two ziplock bags and say your toys can go in here and whatever can fit in your suitcase. Just know that your tablet needs to fit in there for the airplane.
Now we were traveling during a birthday, so I reminded my child that you may get items and asked her how are you gonna bring them back if this suitcase is full of things. If you turn it around on them and make them believe they are making a choice, that they are making the decision, it is going to be much easier to pack that bag.
My nine-year-old on the other hand is so easy when it comes to traveling. She has a carry-on suitcase with all of her items in there and she is ready to go.
For this trip we were traveling to Michigan by driving and flying back. We had one bag that would be checked in and five carry-ons. We have two girls. One age nine and one six turning seven on this trip. We also have a little boy age two and an half . Now he is not potty train him yet and I chose not to because we are going on this trip . But if they are able to go to the bathroom at that age you can do a traveling potty we had one. I recommend a pop out one if you are going to be flying back. If not I would take a small little potty and all you do is take two bags and put paper towels in it . That way when they use the bathroom you can throw it right away. This is great for rest stops and letting the kids do their business, because even the older ones don’t want to go into those restrooms.
Another tip. Make sure that you have plenty of snacks and you put it back where the older ones are sitting that they can get what they want when they want.
Packing a lunch is great. You can always stop at a rest stop and have lunch there let the kids run around. Bring a bottle of bubbles or a ball that they can throw to add a little fun.
We also have this awesome little tool in our car that we got from the dollar store. It’s a little net that reaches out so I can give stuff to the kids in the very back of the vehicle.
One last big tip I would recommend is if you know you’re going to be stopping along the way to do activities, go ahead and make a folder print out your tickets any maps or information that you’re going to need and keep it in there. That way it’s easy to grab and you have the information they’re even your hotel information.
One last way to keep it fun . I do this on every trip that we take the car with. Every Location we stop at, we let them pick something from a fun bag. It can be an activity book it can be a special snack, this year they got a Nintendo switch game, find your unicorn book, and make funny faces book and a couple other things. Keeping it fun on the road and having stops along the way keeps the stress level down. Nobody wants to be stuck in the car all day,but sometimes you’re going to. So look for ways to make it fun.
Have questions about traveling? We have been doing this for the last ten years. I am happy to answer your questions. Go ahead and comment below and I’ll answer your questions this week.
And remember just have fun with your family and enjoy these moments that God has given us. God is good and faithful in all things he goes before us and he sits beside us.
Remember these verses for destress on the road:
“Therefore, do not be anxious about tomorrow, for tomorrow will be anxious for itself. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble.”
The Good News: There is no point in dwelling on the unknown stress of the future, so don’t.
“Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God.”
The Good News: If you use prayer as a means for comfort, God will provide you with peace of mind. Be sure to thank him once your worries subside.
“And which of you by being anxious can add a single hour to his span of life? If then you are not able to do as small a thing as that, why are you anxious about the rest?”
The Good News: Does worrying add happiness or more time to your life? Most likely not, so spend your days praising the Lord and living your life to the fullest. Leave your anxiety up to God.
There’s so many good verses I recommend that you take some time before you start packing for the trip or that day adventure and allow God to put peace in your heart.