The Summer months are at last approaching and the December holidays are just around the corner. Around this time, you usually get started with planning holidays and thinking about what you will need to do to ensure that all the details are covered so that when the time comes, all you need to worry about is having the best time possible.
If You Fail To Plan You Plan To Fail
Planning a weekend away can be quite difficult. You need to book accommodation that meets the needs of the whole family otherwise one or two people might end up being miserable the entire time and spoiling the trip for everyone.
Once you’ve booked suitable accommodation you need to make sure that your vehicle is in tip-top shape for the journey. If your insurance has lapsed then look online for car insurance companies to get competitive quotes from. Make sure that your vehicle license disk is up to date and have a look at when the car was last serviced to see if it needs to go in.
Now that you know where you are going for your weekend away you will have to determine what the weather is going to be like so that you can pack accordingly. In Summer in South Africa, you might like to go visit the beach or observe the country’s beauty in a nature reserve.
When going on holiday with the family it’s an opportunity to make new memories. You will most likely be taking lots of pictures and posting them to social media so you will need to put some thought into what you will be wearing. With that in mind, you also need to pack so that you don’t take up all the space in the boot of the car. If possible try to get everything into one bag.
The clothes that you are wearing on the first day of the trip forms part of your wardrobe for the weekend. Also, try to make these your bulkiest items to save room in your bag for smaller items. This might be something like a lightweight jacket and a pair of shoes that would take up a lot of space when packed away in your bag.
If you have a capsule wardrobe meaning staple items that are basic, functional items that will not go out of style, you will save a lot of time on deciding how to pair certain items together for your trip. This will also mean you will not have to pack a lot of possible options to wear. Keep these tips in mind when packing for small children who cannot pack for themselves. Children have accidents and spill things so they can get dirty quickly. You will probably need to pack them a spare change of clothes.
Think about the functionality of certain items. Try to make the lightweight jacket you wear for your travel day outfit something that can transition from day to night time activities. This way you do not need to pack another for that purpose. Try to get the whole family to adhere to this.
What Stays And What Goes?
Things like toiletries and water bottles can take up a lot of space in your bag. Decide whether you really need the stuff and where possible, share items between the whole family to save everyone from packing the same items such as toothpaste, shampoo and soap. Maybe you can buy these things at your destination and save yourself lugging them all the way there.
Besides necessities, you also need some gadgets to make the trip smoother. We have grown accustomed to the devices that we use every day that cannot just leave them behind. If you like to read you might want to take a book or Kindle with you to pass the journey.
Other things like mobile Wi-Fi and portable chargers have become essential parts of our daily lives so don’t forget to pack them. However, do take directions with you in case your GPS lets you down. Modern cell phones have excellent cameras built into them so you can save some space and leave the camera at home.
Now you’ve made your list and checked it twice, the hard work is done. You can load up the car and set out on your road trip. Make sure you have some smooth tunes on the radio to distract yourself and the family from the fatigue of being cooped up in the car for long periods of time. Have some snacks close by to keep everyone refreshed and make the journey just as enjoyable. When you reach your destination you can sit back, relax and enjoy your weekend away because everything is sorted.