Oh my gosh! It is ONLY 38 days until our vacation! *note of sarcasm*
I am a planner....a list person.....a schedule gal.....my husband loves me anyway. He is a fly by the seat of his pants guy. I have no idea how we have been married 12 yrs.....
Anyway, I believe in starting early in thinking about what we need to pack, buy, etc. Now, it has taken me many years to get to the point that I realize that, with the exception of Bossy Boy's feeding pump and supplies, ANYTHING else we can get at Grandma's house if we forget it. But if you start early, and think about it when you aren't stressed, hopefully you won't forget anything.
One item to remember for vacation, that can really add up to major $$, if you forget it, is medication. In our house, this is 2 prescription medication for Bossy, plus his epi-pen (due to food allergies), plus 2 medications for myself.. Additionally, we travel with Benedryl, Motrin, and Tylenol. Let's pretend that I forgot all of them....to replace all of it would run us about $150. That is alot of moola...especially when we have it all. So, taking a moment to put it on the master checklist for vacation can save headache later.
We travel by car. It is roughly 14 hrs to get to Grammy and Grandpa's house. Gotta eat. Now, in the past we would spend a fortune on food (usually fast food that was overpriced, and not very good.). Not this year. We are packing sandwiches, fruit, granola bars....Easy to eat, healthy, and budget friendly.
Our pets....in the past, we have boarded them. We didn't really know anyone who could take care of them. I tried a pet sitter....and the cost was the same as boarding them. Plus, our vacation was in August, so unless I wanted to run the window a/c all the time....leaving them home wasn't a good option. Now, I have a neighbor who will look in on the bebes. She will turn the a/c on if needed in the morning, and shut it off. And obviously feed the kitties! Two years ago, we took a 12 day trip (13 if you count by the boarding days) and it ran us almost $1000!!!! Now, for about $75 for 10 days, my bebes will be fed, watered, and cool in their own home.
There will be more to come on this subject, but for now, I am updating our master packing list to include the groceries we will need. Also noting to myself that I need to write out the instructions for taking care of the cats, and a reminder on the calendar to get more cat food.
See....no stress. Less money. It is all good! Anyone have other pre-vacation tips they would like to share?