A vacation is having nothing to do and all day to do it in. ~Robert Orben
Summer is officially here and it’s time for rest and relaxation. Enjoying less stress during summer travel can make or break a memorable trip. Whether you are hitting the road or staying close to home here are some tips for stress-less summer travel:
Pack ahead of time. Check the weather for your vacation destination ahead of time. This makes your packing a cinch. Some destinations may add specialty items to your list if you are heading to the beach or mountains. Think about what you would need for a day and move on from there. It’s easy to get carried away and over pack.
Are you tight for packing space? Roll your clothes to fit more items in your suitcase. Visit your nearest dollar store to get travel size containers. Check out what amenities your hotel has in advance so you don’t bring extras. Most hotels have basic toiletries and a hairdryer.
Use a notebook with folders to keep track of all you travel plans and packing lists. Better yet, use a travel app to keep track of all of your plans from hotels to restaurant reservations. There are also packing apps to make sure you have everything you need.
Must pack items include:
• Sunscreen. Nothing can put a damper on a vacation like having bad sunburn.
• Camera with battery charger
• Extra bags for souvenirs
• Games and activities for the kids
• Travel wipes and tissues for the car.
• Small plastic grocery bags for easy trash disposal
Get the car ready. Make sure the oil is changed and tires are properly pumped up on the car. Checking out the health of your car can save gas and possibly prevent breakdowns or accidents. Want the best gas prices on the road? Try the GasBuddy app to find the lowest prices on gas when traveling. Make sure your emergency roadside kit is up to date and ready in your trunk.
Pack healthy food and drink. Buying snacks at the convenience store can be both unhealthy and expensive. Pack fruit you can easily eat when traveling in the car. Make sure some of the food you pack doesn’t require a cooler.
Travel foods can include:
• Cheeses cut into cubes
• Trail mix
• Cut up veggie sticks
Stay hydrated by drinking more water than usual. Remember you are more active and in the summer heat and dehydrate quicker.
Relax. Now that you are on vacation put down the electronics. Unplug from the world and enjoy your vacation plans. Dive into that book you’ve been dying to read. Listen to that new music download while chilling out. Give your mind, body and soul the rest it truly needs.