Get Ready for That Family Vacation

Get Ready for That Family Vacation

By Statepoint

 

 

 

Just walking out the door for that big family vacation can be hectic. Did you pack the kids’ swimsuits? How about sunscreen or bug repellant? Did you turn off the lights and lock up? Compiling a checklist of your vacation necessities and being properly prepared will keep things running smoothly. Come Prepared No matter the destination, it’s important to pack specific protective products, especially if you’re going somewhere sunny. Sunscreen, band-aids and aloe could end up being the most important things you pack. {{more}}Now that doctors are aware of the long-term damage caused by sun exposure, don’t forget to pack sun-protective clothing and water-resistant sunscreen. Apply sunscreen liberally, especially on children, who should be protected even if they are sitting under an umbrella for shade. If you’re in the woods, be especially cautious when it comes to bugs and insects, hiking, open water and fires. Keep Tabs on the Homestead It’s only natural for a vacationer’s thoughts to turn to the house left behind. If unresolved, these wandering thoughts can ruin a vacation. Keeping a list of all the things you did before leaving the house can provide some peace of mind. To better track your home while on vacation, consider one of the affordable new home-management systems on the market, such as the Schlage LiNK system. This do-it-yourself system starts with a wireless keypad lock on your front door. A unique four-digit code unlocks the front door, simultaneously sending homeowners an email or text-message alert on their mobile phones. Whether it’s a neighbor taking in the mail, or a cleaning lady entering, these systems tell you when somebody enters your home, letting you know who is coming and going. You also can rely on this new technology to remotely control several home devices, including lighting and the thermostat. This way you can turn lights on and off to simulate activity while away and can crank up the air conditioning when you’re nearing home. Partner the system with an optional Schlage network camera and you can keep tabs on your home from an Internet-enabled computer or cell phone. For more information, visit www.link.schlage.com. Keep Kids Busy Whether it’s a portable video game or a DVD, you’ll want to keep young ones occupied while in transit. Consider giving small children a coloring book or sketchpad. This will serve as a more creative outlet than staring at a screen. If you’re looking for a simpler activity, try one of the many free printable games available online at such sites as kidprintables.com or abcteach.com. Better yet, involve yourself in games so the entire family can interact. Fun family activities include keeping a travel journal, visual scavenger hunts and sing-alongs. Whether it’s a road trip to your favorite uncle or a family vacation to an exotic destination, taking the time to plan can make it more enjoyable.