If you follow us on Instagram of Snapchat, you know that we spent a week on vacation recently. Here are 9 tips that I learned on our trip as well as some new vacation compatible products that I am loving.
1. Stock up on a good lotion and sunblock
One week of constant sun and Oliver left with nothing but a nice farmers tan. My husband, on the other hand, is still pealing after a bad sunburn from using no sun block! Oliver and I both used Aveeno products the entire time. I did sun block in the mornings and reapplied twice throughout the day, and we lathered up in soothing relief moisture cream at night. Definitely recommend this combination.
Moisture Cream: here
2. Bring a wrinkle release spray
My clothes were so wrinkled when I took them out of the suitcase and who has time to iron on vacation. I was so glad that I brough wrinkle release spray. I use a Downy wrinkle release spray that works really well, but I haven't tried any other brands to compare
3. Remember to take breaks
As fun as vacation is, don't forget that kids tire easily- especially in the sun. Take plenty of breaks to let them rest and recover.
4. Bring a small, lightweight changing pad
I recently got rid of my bulky changing pad in exchange for this gorgeous leather mat from Gather that I cary in my diaper bag. It takes up no room at all and is perfect for impromptu diaper changes in random parks in the middle of Charleston. They also make large playmate that would be great for the beach or vacation picnics.
5. If going to the beach, bring rain gear
Beach weather is incredibly unpredictable. Anytime you go near the coast you run the risk of isolated showers during the week. Foolish me didn't bring us any rain gear other than Oliver's rain coat. Especially if you have older kids and you have the packing room, bring rain gear. On a raining day, your kids can run around and play in the rain rather than being stuck inside.
My boots: Roma Boots
Ollie's boots: A present from Nona from London
6. Bring a carrying devise with storage
Umbrella strollers are awesome, but I am so glad that we brought something heftier for our trip. I definitely recommend bringing a wagon, truck, or something that has storage. It was so nice to have a place for our toys, shopping bags, food, etc. everywhere we went. Oliver LOVES the truck he has. You can find it here, and we took it literally everywhere with us. It really was the most convenient thing we brought.
Truck: on Amazon here
7. Don't bring milk on day trips
I got so sick of filling a sippy cup with milk and having it go bad in the heat before Oliver would drink it all. I have thrown out ridiculous amounts of milk this summer. My new trick is to not bring milk if we are going to be eating at any point. Every restaurant we have been to serves milk. I just buy a glass of milk and carry it around until he finishes it. Once it is gone, I get a new glass at the next place we stop. So much easier than cleaning cups on vacation and worrying about spoilt milk.
8. Don't pack nail polish remover
I despise the acetone smell in nail polish remover, but I can't go without it when I am on the beach. The sand and water chips at my nail polish and it looks terrible. I have to redo my nails every night if I want them colored. Whenever I travel I pack little individualized acetone cloths. This helps with my over packing issues and makes sure my clothes don't smell. Cutex is my go to brand at the moment. Influnster sent me some to test and I have been buying it ever since.
9. Pack dry shampoo
I love those natural beachy waves that I get when I am around water in the summer and I hate ruining them by washing my hair! I lived on dry shampoo this vacation. I use Not Your Mother's dry shampoo and their volumizer and my hair was fantastic for me the entire vacation.
Those are the tricks I learned this summer. Send me your favorite packing or vacation tips and I will add them to the post!
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