It’s that time of year – the time when chaos breaks loose as you try to buy gifts for everyone, attend all the family gatherings, and maybe even try to plan that coveted holiday vacation. But between everything else that’s going on this time of year, how do you ever get ready for a trip?

Not to worry, because this post is full of tips and resources to prepare your home and family to head out of town during the most busy month of the year! Leave a comment if you have anything to add!

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Prep your home

We all want to be able to come back to a clean house after a vacation, but my advice is not to worry about it too much. Pick up clutter, use up anything in the fridge that will go bad while you’re gone, and make the bed – but don’t stress yourself out by trying to vacuum every room or clean the bathrooms till they sparkle. You’ll just want to do it again when you get back anyway.

Quick tip: You can easily go online to stop your mail if you’re going to be gone for more than a day or two or are expecting something important. Just head over to the USPS Hold Mail site!

Prep your car

If you’re going on a roadtrip, the place you do want to clean beforehand is the car. Yes, it will get messy again on the trip, but starting out in a vehicle that’s a disaster will only put everyone in a bad mood. Clear out all the trash and toys and take a minute to vacuum crumbs out of the cracks. Everyone will be happy you did.

Quick tip: Make or buy a backseat organizer to keep the kids’ toys within reach, as well as anything you might need to take care of them like wipes, diapers, or sippy cups.

Prep your gear

Chances are, you’re going to need a few things to keep you going on the road. Make sure you put those things in your car or bag so they’ll be easily accessible when you need them – things like quarters for parking meters, healthy snacks, and phone chargers. If your car doesn’t have enough drink holders for everyone, fit in a caddy that will hold more.

Quick tip: Get a car mount for your phone so you can see the GPS without having to fiddle with it, ensuring you’ll be a safer driver. And don’t forget to take screenshots of your route before you leave just in case you lose service!

Prep your family

Everyone gets bored on long drives or flights, so make sure you have plenty of coloring books, music, and games to keep everyone happy. And don’t forget about yourself; go pick up an audiobook you’ve been wanting to listen to! Make sure everyone knows your rules for the road – how much advance notice you need if someone needs a bathroom break, what happens if the kids are fighting, and what will happen when you get to your destination.

Quick tip: You can find tons of cute coloring pages online to print off for the little ones. Look for a few holiday-themed printouts!

With these tips in hand, you’re sure to have a fun and memorable trip this season, even if it doesn’t always go smoothly. Make sure to download a vacation packing checklist so you don’t forget a thing!


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