Last week we took our family trip. The kids went to my aunt’s house for 3 of the days while my husband and I went on to Chicago for business.
A couple of things I did went really great – and a couple things I will be tweaking the next time around.
Here is what Worked:
Packing each Child’s Clothes by Day
I packed a gallon size bag for each child for each day. It held their shirt, pants, socks and undergarments. Then I pressed out the air for added space, zipped it and marked their name. Each morning all my aunt needed to do was grab each of there bags. Voila!
Sending EASY Breakfast Foods
My aunt is NOT a morning person. Sending Granola bars for breakfast meant that when my little early birds all got up at 6:15AM, she could give them something, stick in a video if necessary, and go make coffee.
Sending a Couple Simple Activities.
My kids do really well with some structured time before play. I sent just a couple dollar store items for my aunt to do with them. She really enjoyed working with them and seeing them make those connections!
Sending Easy Freezer Items.
Last year for a similar business trip, I sent homemade freezer meals. They didn’t touch them. I guess store-bought stuff it is. (I guess junk food on vacation is okay in my book)
Admittedly, I’m not a stickler, but I had my kids sleep in their clothes the first night. My aunt had to get to work in the morning, so I did there hair, stuck on clothes and hoped for the best to take off a little extra strain on her first morning with THREE little kids!
Here’s what didn’t work.
I bought all the food to send before the trip, packed it into our freezer, packed it into travel bags, and then loaded it into the car and dragged it 5 hours. I should have just gone to Walmart after getting to my aunt’s house. (OF COURSE) I had to go anyway to pick up a couple missing items anyway. It would have been so much smarter to just run to the store after getting there and seeing what she already had. There ended up being a ton of uneaten stuff.
Kids had a blast!! (But that has more to do with my amazing aunts and uncles! (I remember LOVING to visit them when I was a kid and they are still SO MUCH FUN!
(And my aunt said that they’d be willing to take the kids again for a weekend so it was a pretty good weekend for everyone.)