For some reason, my family tends to take a lot of end-of-summer vacations. I can’t even blame procrastination. It just seems that by the time we’re done flipping calendar pages to find a time we’re all available, that’s where we end up. One year we came skidding into the driveway sideways from a cruise to Mexico the day before my son started school. He politely requested that we never, ever do that again. This year we’re giving him a whole week.
One of my favorite things about traveling is the anticipation. I want this Vacation Countdown from the Dating Divas, and I want it to always have a number on it.
This Vintage Postcard Travel Journal from A Beautiful Mess is so pretty, I might actually remember to write in it.
We, as a society and definitely my family, travel with an abundance of electronics these days. They all need juice, which means cords. Pin-N-Tell shares a smart idea for keeping them from exploding like a peanut can snake all over the inside of your suitcase. My personal electronic advice: invest in a wall multi-plug surge protector. Many hotels haven’t quite caught up to the plug-in needs of today’s traveler.
I like taking a bag on airplanes that’s large enough to hold lots of stuff, but small enough I can stuff it under the seat in front of me, rather than fight the overhead bin battle. This Large Patchwork Bag from All People Quilt looks just about right.
Ok, those these don’t exactly travel, but they’ve got the look so I’m slipping them in. Maybe you can make one, using the instructions from The Bark, so your dog has somewhere stylish to hang out while you’re gone.
Unless your kids fall asleep the moment their little behinds hit a car or plane seat, and don’t wake up until you’ve arrived, you have to keep them busy. This Clipping Toy from Kids Activities Blog seems like it would buy you a few peaceful miles.
Back to that sleeping thing – even if they don’t sleep the whole time, you might be able to coax a nap out of them with these Travel Pillows from Imagine Gnats.
This DIY Secret Hanger from Plan B is a great idea. I could also see it used to hold the accessories to go with whichever outfit is hanging on it. I love the map fabric she used!
This one isn’t a craft, but still a good idea. Visit Stuffed Suitcase to find out how and why to back up your data before you take off.
Have you done all your vacationing for the year, or will I run into you in Disneyland in September?