Helpful Tips For Stress-Free Summer Travel

Those lazy, hazy, crazy days of summer are fully upon us. Take some time to soak up the season before it is gone. Go on, take that picnic, dip your toes in the pool, enjoy some ice cold watermelon and make s’mores around the campfire. You will be creating those great memories that everyone will look back on in years to come!

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Family trips are great ways to connect with the ones you love and make those lifetime memories. If you have a family trip on your calendar this summer, we have some tips that can help make your getaway stress-free.

Many say the worst part about going somewhere is the packing and unpacking. Is packing stressful for you? Do you always feel like you have forgotten to pack something important when you are leaving for vacation? If you do, there is an easy way to help eliminate that. Spend some time getting organized.luggage

Packing is easier when you know exactly what you need to bring. You can make a list yourself or do a search online for downloadable packing lists you can print.  You may be surprised to see all the different designs and styles out there. There are even some that you can customize to fit your needs.

When you have found something you like, print it out, pop it on a clipboard and check off things as you pack. Another great idea is making a travel binder to hold your packing list, hotel information and other travel documents all in one place.  Say goodbye to that uneasy feeling that you have forgotten something.


Prepare for life’s little emergencies by having a well-stocked first aid kit with you. One of our top picks is the 115-Piece Soft-Sided, Deluxe Family First Aid Kit by American Red Cross. This kit is easy to carry, so you can take it with you anywhere. You can find this kit and many others at Remember to pack the bug repellent and products to soothe bug bites and poison ivy too!

 Family First Aid Kit Red Cross

If you have a long ride or flight ahead of you, minimize the number of times you hear, “Are we there yet?” by letting your kids pack a small bag with things to keep them occupied. Choose a bag that is small enough so they can easily carry it themselves but big enough to fit what they need. The Skip Hop Zoo Little Kid Backpacks are perfect for little ones on the go. Bag features a wipe clean interior and the side pocket fits the coordinating stainless steel straw water bottle.

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Another great choice is the Wildkin backpack which comes in great designs and features a roomy interior and plenty of pockets. You can find these bags and many others at Kohls

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Some ideas of thing to pack inside are a tablet, portable DVD player, handheld video game, books, snacks, water bottle, quiet toys, doll or favorite stuffed animal. Having a bag filled with things to entertain and comfort them will make the trip more pleasant for all of you.

Hitting the beach? Remember water and sun is a great recipe for getting burned, so don’t forget that sunscreen!  Protect your eyes with a good pair of polarized sunglasses, wear a hat, and consider swimwear for the kids that is rated to protect against harmful UV rays.

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When you need a break from the sun the Coleman® RoadTrip® Beach Shade available at Target is our pick. This tent style, beach sun shade is a breeze to set up and comes with a carrying bag and ground stakes. An optional front door provides a private place for the kids to change or nap.

Coleman Sun Shade Beach Tent


Consider bringing a portable cooler filled with water, squeezable yogurt, fruit cups and granola bars to keep everyone hydrated and nourished. We like this Craftsman 50 QT Wheeled Cooler from Sears and understand why it is the official cooler of the National Park Foundation.  The tall, wheeled design makes it easy to wheel on any terrain. The hinged lid features four cup holders to keep drinks close.

Craftsman Cooler

The old saying, “an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure” is so true, especially when you are away from home. Planning and organizing before your trip will allow everyone to have more fun and less stress.

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