It’s that time of year when we begin thinking of trips over Spring Break, Memorial Day and throughout the summer. The calendar fills up quickly, and so do mom anxieties when trying to make sure every detail is in place and the trips ahead are memory-worthy, not in the Griswold family sort of way.
The Dream Dinners team is always looking for ways to simplify planning, and road tripping is no different. Most of us have raised our kids and some are still juggling high school and middle school schedules, while a few are still changing their kids’ diapers. We are always talking trip hacks to make everything so much easier on the entire family. Adventures should focus on the journeys and destinations, and that’s possible when a few tried-and-true planning steps are handled right from the get-go.
One way to get the kids psyched about the trip, not just the days out of school, is to bring them in on the planning right from the dream stage. When they are excited, the anticipation well outweighs a last-minute food stop.
There are ways to get the kids involved. Start with a list of destinations, break out the maps and research at the library, or online, all the details about where you hope to land. If you use a paper map, which is so much more fun to mark up Ken Jennings-style, take time to point out some fun spots along the way. Are there scenic vistas? Giant trees? Historic markers? Hikes? Places to play?
Labor Day weekend is one of the busiest travel weekends of the year and we know traveling with kids is no easy task, especially when it involves long flights or car rides.
Try a few of these easy summer travel ideas so you can spend less time worrying about the stress of travel and more time making memories with your family.
– Bring a variety of your kids’ favorite healthy snacks such as sliced or dried fruit, popcorn, granola bars, trail mix, or string cheese. Keep perishable foods in a small cooler with plastic bags of ice that can be refilled at gas stations for free as the ice melts.
– Make erasable activity books by inserting coloring book pages, crossword puzzles, and other activity sheets into page protectors in a three-ring binder. Give kids a pack of dry-erase markers or, for less mess, dry-erase crayons to use with their new activity books.
Ever thought about taking your Dream Dinners on your next vacation, family reunion or camping? Many of our guests love the convenience and money savings taking dinner to go.
Camping: Use them frozen in addition to your ice in the cooler and as they thaw, dinner is ready to cook. Easy, less mess, all ready assembled means more time for smore’s and less time washing.
Family reunion: Many of our dinners double as appetizers. When we have family reunions, each family gets one night to be in charge of dinner. With Dream Dinners, we spend less time in the kitchen and more time with family. Plus, it’s far less work when cooking for a crowd having assembled meals ready to go!
Vacations: Spending time at the lake, cabin, condo or even the beach can be more fun and relaxing when deciding what to eat isn’t a problem.