While it feels like Christmas was just yesterday, somehow Spring Break is right around the corner. In another life, getting a spray tan, a new bikini and a fresh mani and pedi were the ways we got ready for this week off. We’d probably jet off to someplace warm and sunny and spend a week having a little too much fun and come home with a bad sunburn and maybe even a bad hangover. Those days are long gone and prepping for Spring Break looks a little different now: Searching for the perfect family-friendly beach getaway, a camp your kids will actually love (while you’re working away) or trying to stay sane while you’re home with your school-aged kids and the weather hasn’t actually turned for the better just yet. Whether you’ll be sticking around home or taking off for a family vacation, we’ve got a few tips to help make your Spring Break the best one yet.
If you’re heading out of town, use packing cubes to keep your family’s bags organized. We all know traveling with kids isn’t for the faint of heart, and packing for you, your husband and your kid(s) is just the beginning of the chaos. Packing cubes will not only help you maximize the space in your luggage, but also help keep each family member’s items separated and organized. Another bonus is that with the use of packing cubes you’ll no longer find yourself tearing your suitcase apart trying to find a pair of underwear or a matching set of socks!
When your Spring Break will involve pools or beaches, don’t forget to pack your Itzy Ritzy Wet Bags. Our reusable wet bags with water resistant lining zip shut to keep wet and sandy beach clothes separate from the rest of the items in your bag. They also work great for sweaty workout clothes or transporting liquids to and from your destination. These multipurpose wet bags are must-haves on vacation and beyond.
If you’ll be staying home for Spring Break, make sure you plan ahead a few activities for both in and out of the house. It can be all too easy to think you’ll figure things out on the fly or that you’d rather spend leisurely days relaxing instead of trying to do too much. The reality is, half a day into Spring Break your kids will express boredom and you’ll need to come up with some plans ASAP. Having the supplies you need and something to look forward to will make for a much less stressful week home!
A few in-home activities: Do one of these awesome craft kits, make an obstacle course (and time your competitive kids!), bake a favorite treat, play a board game or have a movie night!
A few outside activities: Go to the zoo, have a picnic, go for a walk in a new-to-you neighborhood, go to an indoor swimming pool (don’t forget your wet bag!), be a tourist in your own city, volunteer somewhere or go to a professional sports game.
Whether you’re staying home or traveling, our biggest tip for spring breakers is to expect the unexpected. Things hardly ever go as planned when traveling (especially with children) and the same goes with carefully laid plans in your hometown. People get sick, museums close, tantrums ensue. The point is: The lower your expectations, the more fun you’re sure to have. Don’t sweat the small stuff and enjoy this extra time with your child(ren) – even when they’re driving you borderline insane. Happy Spring Break-ing, mamas!