6 Tips For A Camping Trip With Kids

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A family camping trip can be plenty of fun, a chance to explore nature, take a break from technology, and create some lovely memories. If you’re preparing for a camping trip with your kids, be sure to consider these six tips.

1 . Prepare For The Weather

Check the weather forecast before you go and ensure that you have all the appropriate clothing items and supplies you’ll need. Remember the weather can change quickly, so even if the forecast is sunny, you’ll still want to bring clothes for rainy weather. To help you pack for you and your kids, apps like ‘PackPoint’ can be useful. PackPoint is a pretty cool vacation app, simply type in the details of your trip and it will tell you what you should bring.

  1. Design An Itinerary 

When you’re going camping with kids, it’s best to create an itinerary to plan what you’re going to do each day. Once the camping trip is underway you won’t have the time to plan things and babysit at the same time! It’s best to get your planning done first, to keep things running smoothly. You might plan a hiking trip, a beach day, bike rides, or a few kids games. Book tickets for any activities in advance, to stay on top of things.

  1. Create A Similar Routine

To help your children enjoy the trip, try to create a similar routine. For example, ensure that your kids get the same nap times, lunch times and bedtimes, (where possible). Creating a familiar structure will help your children to feel relaxed and safe, and to make the most of the trip.

  1. Camping Apps To Help

When you’re planning a camping trip with your kids you might find that the following camping based apps come in handy:

  • All Trails: This application can help you to find the best hiking trails near your camping destination. There’s even a section where you can search for ‘kid-friendly’ hiking trails, to make life easier.
  • Wiki Camps: It’s best to book your camping in advance, but if you need a resource to find campsites, Wiki Camps can help. Here you can search for the best sites plus access camping checklists, and a forum for camping tips. You can also use the app to find the nearest eco-campsites to be more eco-friendly.

 Plan Your Meals 

Before you go on a camping trip with your kids, it’s a good idea to have planned out your meals. There are plenty of easy recipes for camping online, write down a few so you can get everything you need. It’s best to stick to simple recipes, (so you can juggle looking after your kids at the same time)!

  1. Safety Supplies & Checklist

It’s important to take safety supplies on a camping trip, you’ll need a first aid kit, a mini fire extinguisher, a torch, safety whistle, lanterns, and spare food supplies. You should also take insect repellents and sun creams. You might also want to look into clothing made from sun protective fabrics. To learn more about sun protective fabrics check out Rockywoods. Here you’ll also find waterproof fabrics that are ideal for camping and hiking trips.

Once you’ve got organized for your trip you’ll feel more relaxed and ready to enjoy yourself!

Anne

I'm a mother of 2 who likes to get involved in too much! Besides writing here I started a non-profit, I'm on the PTO board, very active in my community and volunteer in the school. I enjoy music, reading, cooking, traveling and spending time with my family. We just adopted our 3rd cat and love them all!

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The Best 24 Hours in Rome

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Rome is not just the capital city of Italy; it also serves as one of the country’s most prominent tourist destinations. Nicknamed the “Eternal City”, Rome is filled with well-preserved historic sites, top-notch museums, world-class restaurants, and several other points of interest that make it a must-see when in Italy. In fact, you can spend several days in Rome and still not be able to cover everything.

That said, there are some reasons or circumstances, such as a layover or a stop on a cruise, where you only get 24 hours to explore the city. While everyone knows that Rome wasn’t built in a day, it is technically possible to see the best that the city has to offer in one full day. If you want to have the best 24 hours in Rome, check out this guide we’ve carefully put together for you.

Useful Tips for a Day Trip in Rome

  • Stick to the highlights! We know you want to see as much as you can but with the little time you have, it’s not advisable. Instead, just stick to the must-see attractions for this day trip.
  • Book all your tickets in advance! We can’t stress this enough; while you can always buy on-site, this can be time-consuming and inconvenient. There are plenty of ways to buy tickets online; you can also check out tour options that combine multiple attractions in order to save time and money.
  • You can also opt to get the Omnia Pass, which gives you access to Rome’s top landmarks as well as famous Vatican City attractions.
  • With a lot of walking in store, it’s best to travel light! Stow your luggage, backpacks, or bags at a Rome luggage storage facility if you find yourself getting weighed down as you explore.
  • Dress appropriately; wear comfortable shoes and avoid revealing clothes in holy sites such as churches.

Anne

I'm a mother of 2 who likes to get involved in too much! Besides writing here I started a non-profit, I'm on the PTO board, very active in my community and volunteer in the school. I enjoy music, reading, cooking, traveling and spending time with my family. We just adopted our 3rd cat and love them all!

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Simple things that will give you peace of mind on your next vacation

When we book a holiday, we do so with rest and relaxation in mind. Long days spent lounging by the pool, soaking up the sun, or spending your free time trying new activities and enjoying time with the kids without schedules, homework or deadlines is usually the order of the day. 

But for some people, the ability to really let go of their responsibilities and fully unwind whilst away from home doesn’t come easy. Old habits die hard, including checking your emails, scrolling through your phone and feelings of stress and tension.

If you want to make your next vacation your most relaxing yet, you may want to consider preparing for the unexpected. Often, it’s the simplest of things that can give us peace of mind, especially when we’re overseas and far away from home. Read on to find out more. 

Understand your consumer rights

Vacationing whilst there are strict travel restrictions and ever-changing regulations isn’t easy. It often means plans being altered at the last moment and holidays being cancelled overnight. This kind of uncertainty can bring all kinds of stress, casting a dark shadow over your break. Thankfully, this helpful infographic, produced by the knowledgeable team at Creditfix, details everything you need to know about applying for a refund and what to do if your holiday plans are impacted due to Covid-19. Knowing where you stand in the event of your vacation going awry will give you peace of mind throughout your holiday.

Create a basic itinerary

Knowing that you can be easily reached in the event of an emergency will also give you peace of mind. Drafting an itinerary and giving it to friends and family means that if something happens at home or you’re caught up in a terrorist attack or natural disaster, you can be easily found and contacted. You don’t have to plan your holiday down to the minute, but drafting a basic itinerary and including all your flight and transfer details as well as hotel information and contacts will give everyone peace of mind! 

Create a call list

We all keep our contacts on our phones. But what if your phone is lost, stolen or it won’t charge? It’s a nightmare scenario, but the solution is simple. If the idea of being unable to communicate with those back home fills you with dread, write down an emergency call list. Friends, family, your doctor, lawyer, your bank’s contact details and anyone else you think may be useful. It’s also a good idea to know the emergency number for the country you’re visiting! 

And finally, work out your budget

It’s easy to get swept away in the excitement of a well-deserved holiday. We want to buy all those little extra treats, souvenirs and indulge in all those once in a lifetime activities. But you should exercise caution, running out of money whilst overseas and the idea of coming home to a hefty credit card bill is enough to ruin any holiday. Before you travel, know your budget and make sure you stick to it! 

 

Anne

I'm a mother of 2 who likes to get involved in too much! Besides writing here I started a non-profit, I'm on the PTO board, very active in my community and volunteer in the school. I enjoy music, reading, cooking, traveling and spending time with my family. We just adopted our 3rd cat and love them all!

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Making Your Adventures Entertaining To Read About

Sometimes, it can be hard to write up a super interesting and fun account about your most recent adventure as a family. After all, there was a lot of complaining in the back of the car, along with rain and bad weather, and the beach was closed – who wants to know about that?!

And for someone who runs a travel blog, not knowing how to approach a post like this can make your job very difficult. After all, your tone and style is what makes you money, and if you can’t keep churning it out in the way people love you for, you’re not going to pay your bills as easily this month! So, if you’re struggling with your next travel post, here are some tips to keep in mind. 

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Come Up with a Moral or Goal

If you’ve got only a bad or unsatisfying story to tell, it doesn’t mean you have to chuck it away. You can reframe the story at hand, and turn it into a moral for people who might experience similar things during their adventures. Or, you could clearly define a goal for the post, and let your readers know all about it. For example, if the weather held you back on your recent trip, write about prevention tips for rainy and windy travel. 

It’s All About the First Paragraph

Following on from the point above, the first paragraph needs to draw people in, and make what the post is about obvious and engaging to the person behind the screen. For example, even from just the little summary paragraph on ‘Travel’ on the Richard Spanton blog gives the reader a clear tone and purpose about what’s on offer – the same thing needs to be seen in every single one of your posts from the get go!

That first paragraph needs to have a taste of everything – what you’re about to write, what you’re offering the reader, how you felt about the trip, and what they need to take away from the experience. All in all, read that paragraph and think about how it might prepare someone for the words ahead. 

Be Both Practical and Creative

You need to have both a sense of realism, and a sense of the mystical, when you’re trying to write a post about your adventures. The age old ‘Show, Don’t Tell’ rule comes to mind here, because you need to have a healthy dose of both in your travel posts. 

People need to be both charmed and kept grounded when reading up on your experiences, to ensure they get a taste of both the good and the honest. We all know vacations have their ups and downs, and promising something magical at all ends will only end badly for your reputation as a travel blog. So, take that bad trip and give it a new tone in this vein! 

Your travel adventures might be a slump sometimes, but that can still make for an entertaining article!

Anne

I'm a mother of 2 who likes to get involved in too much! Besides writing here I started a non-profit, I'm on the PTO board, very active in my community and volunteer in the school. I enjoy music, reading, cooking, traveling and spending time with my family. We just adopted our 3rd cat and love them all!

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Always look good when you travel with these chic comfort essentials

 

If you’re planning a road trip, or you have a long journey coming up, then you’ll want to feel comfortable. But believe it or not, you don’t have to sacrifice style for comfort. Whether you’re stopping at a gas station, visiting local landmarks or your friend is capturing photos of your journey for social media, you’ll want to look your best, despite the long trip ahead.

If you’re comfortable then you’re more likely to pay attention when you’re behind the wheel, which means an accident is probably less likely. Also, when you’re on the road traveling, especially in unfamiliar areas or on freeways, the likelihood of you getting into a collision with another car or a large vehicle is heightened – if you’ve been in an accident that wasn’t your fault you can get more info from an Orlando truck accident lawyer, here. 

So, how can you possibly have the best of both worlds? Read on to discover how you can always look good when you travel, with these chic-comfort essentials. 

Soft fabrics

When choosing travel wear, soft fabrics are a must. Tight, scratchy or irritable materials won’t be pleasant after several hours in the car, so soft is certainly the way to go. Think soft leggings with a cute jumper, or cotton shorts with a soft t-shirt for warmer weather.

Dresses are ideal

Leave those figure-hugging dresses at home or in your suitcase. At the moment, flowy dresses are in. Pretty smock dresses or skater styles are the way to go if you’re looking for comfort and chic. These dresses can also be teamed with a wide variety of footwear and even leggings!

Ditch your bra

Underwired bras get more uncomfortable as the day goes on. And when you’re driving the last thing you want is your bra poking into your chest or leaving you feeling irritated and awkward. Swap your favorite bra for a soft, bralette instead. You’ll find them in a wide range of pretty, sexy and basic designs. These will complement your style and make you feel good and comfortable with minimal effort.

Think softer waistbands

We all have a favorite pair of jeans, however, after several hours that waistband may start to feel tight and restrictive. Save your jeans for another day and opt for something with a softer waistband. Jeggings are mid-way between jeans and leggings, which means you’ll still get the shape and definition that we want from jeans but with the added comfort of a pair of leggings.

Layers are a good idea

A cute sweater or a stylish cardigan is a great way to get in on the layers trend. Not only can you build on your outfit but when the temperature starts to drop or heads the other way, you can simply pull on that additional layer or remove it. You can also add a pop of color to your travel outfit!

And finally, glasses chic

Driving long distance can take its toll on your eyes. And dry irritated eyes are no fun behind the wheel. To keep your eyes feeling fresh and looking gorgeous, swap your trusty contacts for a pair of stunning spectacles instead. There’s never been a better time to update your eyewear, they really are the perfect accessory.

Anne

I'm a mother of 2 who likes to get involved in too much! Besides writing here I started a non-profit, I'm on the PTO board, very active in my community and volunteer in the school. I enjoy music, reading, cooking, traveling and spending time with my family. We just adopted our 3rd cat and love them all!

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