Weekend trips with kids tips
As you all know, we’ve been into nature trips this past few months. Our main objective going on these trips has been mainly for us to be able to have a breather and at least go out of our house once a week but still being cautious enough and staying away from the crowd.
How hard could it be? Go and be-friend the nature instead!
Truly, the past trips has thought this momma how important it is to pack light (I’m still trying) but yet still have all the things your family needs when they need it (is that even possible? it is!)
You might think that our kids may be grown-ups already but at 6 and 7 years old, they’re still children + the hubs!haha.. We may only be hopping on a bus/train and be out for a day but if you’re in the middle of the woods and need a band-aid…well, you better be sure to have one! (This is me trying to justify why this blog post is important.haha)
Anyways, I’d like to share with your how I prepare for these Nature trips. Like most moms, it starts the night before.
First, make sure that GoPro batteries, power-bank and hand phones are all charged.
Second is the bag. What’s in my bag?
- a towel
- a fan
- my wallet
- small first-aid kit
- eyeglasses & shades
- GoPro and batteries
- a pen – my mom used to tell me to have one at all times in my bag to be used for writing(of course!) and a weapon in case of emergency
- 2 sanitizers (1 inside and 1 hanging out)
- 2 pcs. of plastic (comes in handy for the kiddos when it suddenly rains)
- house keys
I pack the girls their bags depending on where we’re going. If I know they’ll need a change of clothes after, then I do pack for them (or at times, I let them do it themselves—but make sure to check it after to make sure they don’t bring unnecessary stuff) My youngest tried to bring a crossword book to one of our trips!! ugh!
Here are the items in the girls backpack:
- water bottle
- extra shirt
- 2 small toys
If they’re not bringing one, their water bottle simply hangs on their necks.
The hubs has his own bag that hangs on his neck which I make sure to put a towel on and his wallet.
Third, prepare everyone’s outfit for the next day. You don’t want to be stressed the next day just because that pink shirt your daughter wants to wear is in the laundry and haven’t been washed.
Fourth, do a briefing with everyone. For us, this means me confirming with the hubs what time we’ll be leaving. This gives me the luxury to plan my time wisely and make sure everyone and everything goes into plan. Once I’ve planned my wake-up time, what brekky (if we’ll be eating before leaving), it’s time to talk to my troopers. Yes, I make sure our daughters are mentally prepared as well. This eliminates morning mood swings and instead just need to whisper to their ear and they’ll wake-up easily. How convenient!
Last but not the least, I make sure I fix myself first before waking up anyone else. This may mean waking up an hour before but rushing and being stressed and ruin my mood because I wasn’t feeling myself would only ruin everyone’s day. So this small sacrifice is very much needed.
Motherhood is a testament it doesn’t require a plane ticket for one to have the need to be well organised for an adventure. It simply means making sure to being ready every time you and your family step foot out of your house, and having what you need when needed.
Hope this you find this helpful. Any tips you’d like to add? Feel free to comment below!↓↓↓