Summer's still in full swing, and that means lots of people will be on the road or in the air for summer fun and vacation.
· Map your route - Don’t just think about how to get to your destination, but also pin-point scenic routes to keep the kids entertained or an area where you can enjoy a meal at a classic diner or during a lakeside picnic.
· Print out your itineraries (and map)! We’ve all had those moments where our cell phone battery dies or we lose Internet or GPS connection because we’re caught in a dead zone. Print two copies of everything; keep one for yourself and hand the other to your co-pilot.
· Get there early - Not being stressed about time is a rare luxury but in this case it is a variable you can control. Make sure everyone’s ready to go ahead of time so you’re not rushing and forgetting things.
· Don’t forget to make lists - Print out a list of all the items you bring with you so you don’t lose track of anything. Each family member should have a personal packing list as well as a list of tasks to complete before leaving. Leaving a list behind for a house sitter is also a good idea. And, look! HP even named a printer app for me to help you: Busy Moms Weekly (OK, I may be exaggerating a little...)
· Don’t underestimate the power of a lunch box - Turn it into a “fun pack” stuffed with snacks and HP printables from your kids favorite Disney and Nickelodeon cartoon characters. This is your secret weapon to keeping them busy and their mouths closed.
· Keep an extra blanket in the back seat - On short and long road trips, everyone’s body temperature will be different. Remember to bring a blanket or two that you or the kids can quickly use to deflect the A/C or snuggle up as the sun sets.
· Bring entertainment for the kids - A laptop in the car/plane provides kids with endless entertainment opportunities. Whether it’s watching a DVD or playing a game the kids will remain occupied thus making the trip run much smoother. Suggested resource: HP ENVY Sleekbook
Once you have arrived
· Document the adventure - Use your digital camera to snap a photo, take some video and store it on memory card that doesn’t fill up quickly. Reduce your chances of having to delete your favorite memories just to accommodate new ones.
· Don’t forget to RELAX - You’re on vacation. Put away the cell phone and give your family your full attention. Family vacations run much smoother if everybody’s happy.