This year the Christmas holidays seem longer to our family. The school break is the traditional 2 weeks long, however, with Christmas being celebrated during the first weekend it leaves an extra week to enjoy the winter weather. Our usual trek over the Christmas holidays includes a six-hour drive to my small hometown and a four-hour drive to my husband’s parents. These long drives are usually exasperated by bad weather, deteriorating road conditions and low battery indicators on my children’s electronics.
This year we decided to compromise with my family, instead of one group making the long trip to the other’s home we are meeting in Kingston, Ontario for a mini break. Our mini break will take place at the Courtyard Marriot complete with pool and breakfast included. The hotel is close to King Crossing outlet shopping, a Landmark movie theater and Fort Henry meaning we have any options to fill our days. We are very excited to see the Lumina Borealis exhibition at Fort Henry, reviews for this mystical walk through have been outstanding.
During any road trip with children, preparation is key. After 14 years of being a parent, there are certain things that I know will happen while driving on long trips, someone will vomit and someone will have to pee.By preplanning able to avoid the stressful and overwhelming feelings and enjoy the overall excitement of the trip. In my perfect travel preparedness kit, there are several hidden gems I will not leave home without.
1. Gravol™: Gravol™ Ginger tablets, lozenges or liquid gels are made with naturally-sourced, certified organic ginger and will help treat motion sickness, nausea, and upset stomachs. I keep them in my purse for emergencies, they are easy to swallow and non-drowsy, ensuring that the kids and I are energized and ready for a great vacation.
2. Rub A535™: I pack the original and the nighttime lavender Rub A535, we will need it after long days exploring Kingston’s waterfront. Rub A535 helps soothe my sore muscles and ensure I’m are ready to tackle the next adventure. Rub A535 comes in handy from Beckett’s growing pains. As an 8-year-old boy, he has grown 2 inches since September and his legs often ache after a long day of activity.
3. Warm clothes: Our Fort Henry adventure will be an outdoor activity. Ensuring we are all warm, dry and comfortable will add to the experience instead of making it painful.
4. Batiste™ Dry Shampoo: Batiste™ Dry Shampoo saves me precious time each morning when I am getting ready for school. A few quick sprays save me time each morning and refresh my hair for school. During our holiday mini-break, as plans change, my mini spray comes in handy to go from daytime activities to nighttime festivities.
5. Granola bars and snack food: Each of my three children has specific healthy snack preferences. KT is an organic granola mixed with almonds kind of snacker. Andie enjoys fresh-cut veggies, fruit, and water. Beckett is a cracker-chip-chocolate-gum-candy-sugar filled snacker. We had a few sliced apples to the mix and plain water to round out his snack diet.
Our goals during this mini vacation including coming home feeling rejuvenated and ready for whatever 2017 has in store. This is also the time to reconnect with my family and make new memories with my children. I want to help you be organized for your next vacation or mini break. I’m giving away a $25 dollar VISA gift card for you to pick up for your own travel preparedness kit.
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