Now that it’s summer, you may be planning a trip or two. Maybe it’s a cross country road trip, or maybe you’re flying to another country. It could even be a staycation just a few miles from home, or in your own living room! No matter how you plan to take some much deserved rest and relaxation this summer, here are some tips to make your travels (or at-home vacation) as smooth and enjoyable as possible.
Download some apps: Games and videos can help pass the time if you are waiting in line or waiting at the airport. Other apps you may want to have on hand are your airline’s app, OpenTable to make dinner reservations on the go and Roadtrippers to help you plan as you go.
Have a staycation theme: If you’re staying at home, set a theme for your activities during your staycation. Try Tourist in your Own Town or Grown Up Summer Camp.
Book early: If you’re going somewhere, be sure to book as early as possible to get great prices on hotels, flights and entertainment options.
Bring snacks: Buying snacks along the way can add up quickly, so prepack some snacks for yourself or the kids to enjoy when hunger strikes.
Take pictures of your important documents: Traveling with a passport? Be sure to have a photo on your phone in case something happens to the physical passport. Any trip plans or itineraries can also be emailed to yourself so you can access them from anywhere.
Pack smart: Roll your clothing to reduce wrinkles. Pack shoes in a hairnet so that the dirt or grime doesn’t get on everything else. Use plastic bags for shampoos, lotions and other liquids. Stick a dryer sheet in your suitcase to keep everything smelling fresh.
Turn off devices: Whether you are traveling or staying at home, turning off phones and tablets can help reduce the desire to check your work email. You don’t have to shut them off completely — just a few hours a day after dinner can help you stay tuned into your vacation.
Stay hydrated: Bring a water bottle with you on your trip so you can refill on the go and stay hydrated. This will keep your energy levels up and help your immune system as you enjoy your time away from school or work.
Enjoy yourself: Planning a vacation can be stressful, but be sure to enjoy your efforts. Take some time to see how happy your spouse or kids are. Sit back or really take part in the activities. You’ve earned this summer vacation — whatever it looks like — so enjoy yourself and be grateful for the family time you are taking this year!
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