Folks, we are in the month of July. JULY! And just like every single year, the summer seems to be zipping along way too quickly for my liking. The promise of long, hazy days and relaxing nights on the patio will soon pass with a snap of the finger, leaving me to wonder where the time went – and exactly how I spent it.
This year, I’ve had a revelation of sorts. You see, I’m really good at making plans for all I want to do… but I always let life get in the way, and then fall short. NOT. THIS. SUMMER. This season, I’ve made a commitment to my family that we will seize every weekend and get out, enjoy the weather, take a dip in a pool, do something different, try something new, capture the memories, spend time together… you get my drift.
The summer fun is already underway. After spending a luxury weekend getaway at the Four Seasons Hotel Toronto, and then following up with a Day of Discovery with Renaissance Hotels (including two awesome days at Ripley’s Aquarium!), we’re off to Canada’s Wonderland this Friday, to be followed up with a weekend (and anniversary!) getaway to our favourite northern destination, the JW Marriott Muskoka. After that, we’re taking in an advanced screening of Planes: Fire & Rescue, followed by a visit to African Lion Safari, a dinner and tournament at Medieval Times… an epic family trip to Disneyland, California… and whatever else pops up in between. And, that’s just over the next few weeks.
See? I’ve made good on my word, and will continue to do so.
So besides patience, what else will I pack this summer? I’ve found that when travelling with children, there are quite a few essentials that help make the trip – and overall experience – easier. But if I had to share my #1 Tip, it’s this –
Be Prepared. Like a Boss.
You’ve probably heard this one before, but being prepared is simply the best way to have a successful family vacation. In fact, your only mandate is to anticipate every meltdown, every moment of boredom, every minor accident, and certainly every fight between siblings. If you can do that, everything else is easy-peasy! Sounds overwhelming? It’s not. Just prepare yourself by making a list – directly matching up scenarios and solutions.
Hunger: Crackers and Dried Fruit
Boredom: Tablet or Handheld Gaming Device
Reward for Siblings Not Killing Each Other: Kinder Surprise Eggs*
Funny Tummy: Chewable Probiotics and Candied Ginger
Boredom: Dollar Store Puzzles or Books
Homesick: Blankie and Favourite Toy
Grumpy: A Hug and a Snuggle
Boredom: More Dollar Store Disposables…
* Remember: Be cautious if/when travelling to the US, as Kinder Surprise Eggs are not allowed to cross the border.
The sun is shining, the temperature is rising, and we’re off for a walk to the park before the heat becomes unbearable. Just another way we’re making the most of every day! This summer, I hope you savour every moment and cherish every memory made. Enjoy, friends!
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