How to NOT Take Your Family on Vacation | 10 Things We Did That You Should Avoid
So we just got back from yet another family adventure weekend in Florida. If you haven’t been following my adventures on twitter or instagram the past few months, we have been traveling the state quite a bit and have been blessed with some really nice media visits as mini “summer vacations.” While sounding really awesome at the time to schedule 3 or 4 back to back weekends of fun for the family, we’ve had a few blunders along the way. So as a way to vent my family vacation frustrations (and give my fans a good laugh) here’s how to NOT take your family on vacation. We did 10 pretty terrible blunders that are worth your viewing and laughing pleasure. Enjoy our family vacation mishaps!
1. Forgetting your son’s shoes when traveling for a day a theme park. Then proceed to Walmart for a wild goose chase for shoes.
Oh yes, this was our beloved Legoland visit. For some reason we didn’t think our child would never be walking around at the theme park that day. Le sigh….and only Walmart on the way…we definitely looked like the “People of Walmart.” Couldn’t even bring my kid in with shoes!
2. Traveling with a child that has pink eye…then giving it to Daddy
This was terrible. Of course the day we are to travel on vacation my baby wakes up with goop in her eye! I thought I had everything under control, even had tissues, antibiotic drops, and was dutifully giving them to her! Only found out on the last day that my husband then woke up with goopy eyes. YUCK! I need a vacation from my vacation PLEASE!
3. Packing 30 minutes before you leave. You’re always doomed to leave something behind.
I don’t know why it always comes down to this, but the last 30 minutes ends up being a rushed mad house dash to get out of the house. Me trying to pack. My baby girl trying to unpack. My son dragging his feet. Oh the humanity! And yes, every trip I have forgotten something. You would have thought I would have learned by trip #5?
4. Believing that your non-sleeping child will magically sleep through the night in a strange hotel
I always go in optimistically that my baby will somehow find the magic sleeping formula. Even a long day of family vacation activities cannot persuade her subconcious from sleeping through the night. Can someone get her foot outta my face?
5. Frying your DVD player in the hot sun in a 100+ degrees car during Florida’s summer
Oh, this was a good one. We thought it would be brilliant to leave our car’s DVD players out in the sun for a little tanning session. One full day = fried player. Who’s hungry for fried eggs?
6. Trying to purchase replacement DVD player a few hours before leaving for next trip
You never remember to do something until the moment you need it, right parents? Nothing like a store scramble for a DVD player, only to find out that the said store is OUT of them…then driving 30 minutes to another store to buy one. SCORE…not!
7. Taking kids in a 60 minute + car ride BEFORE leaving for your vacation that day.
What kid doesn’t love being strapped to a car seat all day long? Kids don’t have pent up energy! And besides, I love listening to the melodic sounds of cats screeching and a moaning lion.
8. Spilling coffee on your outfit and floor as you trip over a lost shoe..while trying to make it out the door on time
It’s always that last foot out of the door that does you in. The left behind action figure became my hurdle as my coffee went hurling into the air. Mopped floor and changed clothes later….we were late. Very late. But hey, I looked forward to the scent of coffee as I came home.
9. Thinking that my baby wouldn’t need her teething medicine (especially when she didn’t need it for the past 2 weeks) or her white noise fan.
Vacations have this magical way of making parents delusional. In an effort to save time, space and sanity, you start thinking about the things you can leave behind. My girl hadn’ been needing teething medicine for weeks. I thought….why not? And the fan? Well that was a honest and completely dumb mistake on my part. Lesson learned. I’m going to buy like 5 more just to have them on hand.
10. Never being home on the weekends means less mess to clean up.
WRONG…so very wrong. Not only are we picking up our mess from our trip, but the last mess that was left from item #3. I’d like to describe it as a cross between a hurricane and a toy chest throwing up on my house.
Needless to say, we won’t be traveling for awhile. And the next time, I won’t be scheduling back to back weekends or taking the kids anywhere prior to. A super mom fail…but the memories…well….we have them 🙂 Apologies to my husband for a whirlwind summer. I will be leaving him to veg in front the tv for the rest of the summer. Hope this list of REAL vacation blunders make you feel better about your family vacation this summer!
Have any vacation blunders to share from this summer? Someone cheer me up in the comments below!
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