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!