My family just returned from a wonderful vacation in Cape Cod, specifically the town of Wellfleet. Perfect weather and a great location added up to a week full of treasured memories. We stayed in a tiny cottage across from the harbor, just a few rooms with a kitchen. But when you spend most of the time outside, the tightness of the quarters doesn't matter that much. That is, until you bring your sunscreen-covered, sand-encrusted toddler home and realize there is no tub, just a narrow shower. And your toddler hates the shower. Hmm, this should be interesting.
We gave the shower a try the first few days but it was miserable for everyone involved, and for some reason the sprinkler and hose loving girl we knew all summer decided that the hose at this place was no fun at all. So I looked for some type of container to use as an impromptu bath tub and came up empty, until my eyes lit upon our cooler. It was too small for sitting, but we could at least give her a standing sponge bath. It was worth a shot.
Much to our surprise, she loved it, and even more to our surprise, she immediately squeezed herself into a cozy sitting position. Just like that, instant tub. What had been a stressful time for the first two days turned into a relaxing way to end the day for the rest of the trip.
If you've ever had to improvise a tub or anything else to keep the family happy on vacation, let us know in the comments below.
(Images: Richard Popovic)