Travel, as good that sounds but as the travel dates approach closer, the planning involved around it begins to weigh you down. This is especially true for parents, even specifically Mothers.
Mums some how have a zillion things to plan, pack and organise before, during and after a holiday. Sometimes a holiday really seems more work than an rejuvenating experience. I am a mother of two very active brats and in the beginning the 'itinerary' would take a toll on me, but not any more. I will share my tips and tricks, of the trade, that I follow to keep my sanity levels in check. Hope this solves some of your woes.
1. Top Down Approach - Works well in all situations..ahem ahem..especially travel. Plan two weeks before you travel. Make a mind check of the supplies, clothes that you might need, any prep work needed for the vacation. The supplies planning will make sure you have minimum wastage. Sometimes you would want to carry certain set of clothes, which might just require that last minute washing, drying and ironing...you know - the works. And yes, some vacations needs prepping too, like a hiking trip, or a trip to the mountains will require special attention, or not to mention the bookings and travel plans to be reconfirmed.
2. Lighter Brighter - Travelling lite is always a plus. But most times is tricky with kids. My kids mess themselves quite often and need frequent change of clothes. Planning kids clothes that are light and easy to wash, quick to dry are always a wise choice. Instead of the bulky towels, I opt for carrying the microfiber beach variety. Shoes too, I have found kids are most comfortable in their slip on, be it shoes or their crocs. Number of days of travel plus one or two sets of clothes is a good rule to follow, be it kids or adults.
3. Hunger Pangs - Have you observed as a mother, that the kids are instantly hungry and thirsty the moment you are out of the house. I never understood if it was really hunger or the plain excitement of the holiday. Over the years, I have learnt to carry a packet of two of the favourite cookies/ biscuits, in case of the hunger pangs. Juices/ Milkshakes are not the best choices as spillage is most likely and difficult to clean (Speaking from the numerous times, I have cleaned the mess). And Mothers, relax, fussing over your child's meal on a holiday isn't taking you anywhere, if they are hungry, they'll eat.
5. Live and Let Live - Yes, Finally...we all want our personal space by the end of it. When on a holiday, please let the kids be. They are entitled to some refreshment and fun (as long as they don't hurt themselves). This is only time when they can let loose, so mums please take it easy. Trust me this will help you make most of the holiday.
These were some of the things I do and follow. I am still learning so I might add a thing or two more post my holidays but I do hope this helps.
Bookings, check. Taxi, check. Luggage, check. Tickets, check...off I go....
Oops, Kids, check..off us go..