I just realized that I haven’t posted in two weeks. TWO WEEKS! Why? Well, I suppose one week was so chock full of end of school activities that I hardly had time to breathe (let alone write!) and the following week, our family took a much needed and totally unplugged week off. Totally unplugged. I was so unplugged that when I returned to work today, the universal greeting seemed to be, “Wow, you really took the week off! You weren’t even on email!” Comments like these completely validated my need for a vacation — and just might inspire me to start planning the next one. But, before I do, I thought I’d share some packing tips to help you bring what you need — and leave behind what you don’t — on your family’s summer getaway.
As you might have read, I have officially declared this summer The Summer of Independence. It’s time that our kids started pulling their weight in the most literal sense. If they want it, they have to carry it. That’s why for our summer vacation, each kid got one bag and one bag only. One small bag that contained all they needed (and could carry themselves!) for a week at the beach. In case you’re wondering exactly what a kid needs for a week filled with sun and surf, well, it’s not much. This is a lesson I’ve learned the hard way over many years of overpacking. Another thing I’ve learned is that Mother Nature is unpredictable and it’s best to have a sweatshirt and jeans or sweatpants (affectionately called “cozy pants” in our house) in addition to the swim basics. So, in short, here’s all you need to know as you plan to pack up and hit the road this summer: