Holiday Transitions

We have been away from ‘home’ for almost 2 weeks. It has been a treat, but simultaneously exhausting. The energy I derive from spending time in the city and seeing friends and family, is countered by being physically tired from zipping here and there. I have become accustomed to country life. Where it takes 5 minutes to commute to work, do the school run, grab a coffee.

But more than that I think holidays are another point of potential chaos. The transition from home to being away, the change in routine, space. New toys, no toys, more room to play and relax, less room to be, all plays a part in adapting to a holiday. I eat differently, there are new beds to contend with, new schedules.

And then there is the list of things to do and pack to get away and the list of things to do and unpack upon returning home. Do I get it right? No.

So a note to self on how to do holiday transitions and stay sane.

1. Clean the house before you go. I hate doing so but we often return to mess. Basically this means having the dishwasher unpacked, floors swept and tidy and the laundry up to date.
2. Have a food supply ready in the freezer for your return – a loaf of bread, a dinner. ┬áThere is nothing more stressful then dealing with tired, hungry people and the chaos of unpacking.
3. Pack a first aid kit for the car. Simple basic hygiene, wipes and medicinal products and include cold and flu meds.
4. Organise a media bag for the car that contains DVDs, CDs and headphones for each child – to listen to music or watch in dvds. These don’t have to be expensive but it saves time if you are organised.
5. Buy new luggage for each person. At present we have a mix- match of bags that don’t adequately accommodate our packing needs for all 7 people. This will help packing the car and force little people not to overpack all their belongings.
6. Pack drink bottles for everyone. They will be handy en route and one each with stop the fights and sharing of germs.

Do you have any holiday transition tips to share?