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Monday, July 9, 2012

Packing It All In

Our summer family vacation time is approaching really quickly.   We will be making our yearly trek to a cottage which has been in the family for sixty years.  It is nothing fancy, but we don't really care.  Simply taking time off of work and getting out of town is priceless.  I am hoping that my children remember fondly their summers growing up at the cottage, much like I do.

The first step to getting our family of five to the cottage every year is getting organized and packed up.   That in itself, is no small feat.  In addition to clothing, bedding, and toiletries for everyone, we also like to shop for some of the groceries we will need for the two weeks, here at home.  It seems to me that once you get into cottage country the prices at the grocery store seem to be quite inflated.

However, it takes some strategic packing to get everything we need to the cottage.

A few years ago, our chevrolet dealers found us the perfect family vehicle, for taking trips such as these.   I find there is loads of room inside the van, if we pack with care. We also utilize a top of the vehicle carrier, which surprisingly gives us a lot of extra storage space.

I am not going to pretend that the packing process doesn't produce a few stressful moments, though.

My number one tip for saving sanity and getting everyone and everything to the cottage in one piece, is to allow enough time to pack without feeling rushed. Don't think you can be organized and packed in one day.  I find it takes the whole week prior to leaving, to successfully hit the road on time, without a complete meltdown.

Even though it is a lot of work to get there, when we do arrive it is completely worth it! 


Multi-Testing Mommy said...

I grew up at the cottage in the summers too! So many fond and fun memories. My Mom still struggles packing for the cottage and she has no children anymore!!!

Liz @ A Nut in a Nutshell said...

You're going to have so much fun! Safe travels!

Tammy @ In R Dream said...

YAY have FUN safe trip!

Annie Brown said...

I grew up going to my grandparents cottage. I loved going up to the lake and spending many summers up there. Enjoy your vacation!

Christine said...

Ohhh! This is so awesome! Enjoy!

P.S. One of these days, you guys are going to have to visit us on Manitoulin Island!! :) xo

Aeryn Lynne said...

It really is cray cray for all the things you have to do to prepare for that fantastic week or two at the cottage every year. But that moment where you can dip your toes into sparkling water and breathe in the fresh air, it is TOTALLY worth it!! Have fun! :D

Insane Mamacita said...

I didn't grow up going to a cottage but we used to go camping every now and again. Now as an adult, I know how much time it takes to get organized to do that with your family! Oh the things our parents did for us.

Ashley said...

You're such a girl after my own heart. I make lists weeks before we go, I have the "to do", "to pack", "to call" and the "don't forget last minutes". It takes the stress out of it for me so that I'm not ripping out my hair and screaming as we leave the house on vacay. It also means my well meaning husband can take a list and do rather than stand and stare.

Have a great time!

Maggie R said...

I wish I had a cottage story but I don't. I do remember a couple of summers at the lake in my uncles motor home..That was fun,,
I hope you have a very safe and happy holiday..

The Zoo said...

I love cottages. We go camping for one week, no running water, no toilets, you get the idea. what a great opportunity to get back to nature of spend tiem iwth family.

Speaking of which, with kids (or me according to my husband), there's always a lot of stuff to take. We too use a roof carrier.

Looking forward to hearing about all your adventures when you get back.

Besos, Sarah
Zookeeper at Journeys of The Zoo
Email: journeysofthezoo@hotmail.com

Soozle said...

Aww! Sounds like you will have an amazing time! Enjoy your time away! :-D

Paula Schuck said...

Enjoy! Safe travels. I grew up at cottages too. My mom was a teacher and we had an ample supply of teacher friends to rent from. They are well connected. This year for the first time ever we will rent one with my sister in law. I can't wait!!

Canadian Dad said...

I couldn't imagine packing for 5...We are only 4 (with 2 very little ones) and we never have enough room in the Tucson to fit it all in. Thanks goodness we don;t need the stroller anymore or we would have had to upgrade to a schoolbus!