If you're like me, you hate when your vacation comes to an end. In addition to post-vacation sadness, there is all of the unpacking and dirty laundry to deal with and when you have kids, the amount of unpacking and dirty laundry increases exponentially. In order to make re-entry as easy as possible, I've made a list of things I do pre-vacation in order to ease the transition.
- Make your bed. After a long flight or drive, nothing feels better than seeing your own comfortable bed waiting for you. Before leaving on your journey, take the few minutes to make your bed and the kids' beds and if you have the time, change the sheets. That way you come home to a fresh and inviting place to fall into.
- Run the dishwasher. You'll feel much less exhausted when coming home if you don't have a pile of dishes waiting for you in the kitchen sink. If I don't have time for a deep cleaning in the kitchen, I do a quick wipe down and load and run the dishwasher before leaving on my trip. This way you come home to a load of clean dishes.
- Have the makings of a snack ready. Before we leave, I always make sure we have a couple of apples and a bottle of lemonade in the refrigerator waiting for the kids when we get back from our trip. Fresh fruit and a delicious drink will help refresh weary little travelers.
- Clean the bathtub. I like to give the kids an extra-long soak in the bathtub the night we come back from a long trip. Instead of trying to scrub the tub when I'm fatigued from travel, I give it a good scrub before we head out. That way I can just turn on the water and let the kids soak.
Do you have any tips to share to make your post-vacation homecoming an easy one?
Image: Apartment Therapy/Living Etc.