With the official start of summer next week, let's be honest with what's on our minds: vacation! Now, vacationing with kids may not necessarily mean what it did before you had kids (read: silence, sleeping in, and not eating dinner at 5 pm), but it's always great to take a break from the daily grind and go on a new adventure and make some memories. That being said, if this is your first summer with your baby, you might be scrambling for tips and ideas on how to survive this huge wrench in your schedule you may have just started to groove in. No fear! We are here to help you.
Have little to no expectations. Things are going to go wrong. The baby is not going to sleep when she normally does. The sleeping arrangements are not going to be as perfect as home (which may not even be that perfect!), so just do what you need to do for everyone to get as much rest as they can. If that means co-sleeping just for the trip, well, maybe that's ok and we'll pray that things go smoothly once you're back home. If that means renting an AirBNB with an extra bedroom so you can have space, maybe it'll be totally worth the money. Just go into your vacation knowing that things aren't going to run perfectly, and you might just enjoy it a little more.
Don't over schedule yourselves. If you're going on a city vacation and there are lots of sights to see and they happen to be close by to each other, you might be able to make it work. However, if the kids are probably going to be skipping their naps, then just make a list of 1-2 must-see/do things for the day, and if you achieve that, success! If not, you know what you can do tomorrow.
Just bring what you need. It's insanely easy to overpack with kids. However, keep in mind that if you have access to a washer/dryer, then only pack a few outfits and do laundry there. If you're going abroad, definitely make sure you bring any medication for ease: Motrin/Tylenol, a thermometer, and anything else they're using like an inhaler or epi-pen. If you're low on luggage space and are going away for awhile, just bring enough diapers to last you a few days and buy some there if necessary. Make a food bag for snacks on a road trip so you don't have to make as many stops. If you're flying, see if you can rent a car seat instead of lugging your own (especially handy with 2+ kids). Remember that you only need to bring one of baby's favorite lovey/toy/book; when you're out and and about, there will be new and exciting things to do and play with.
Have fun! And while you should definitely be in the moment as much as you can, don't forget to snap a few photos so you can look back and hopefully only remember the good stuff. :)
What are some other tips you would add?