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The car is packed to the brim with enough gear to last everyone an entire year, the kids are tired and hungry, and you’re trying your best to boost morale while wondering to yourself, “what are we doing??” If this sounds familiar, it’s probably because we’ve all been there. Family vacations — especially with little ones — can often feel more like work than play. But the good news is, there are plenty of ways to simplify your adventure and enjoy your surroundings. Whether you’re traveling abroad or simply enjoying a staycation, the name of the family vacation game is to make the experience as seamless and stress-free as possible!

The first step to vacation simplicity is definitely to pack as lightly as possible. I know, I know. It’s so much easier said than done, but if you can limit your gear to the bare essentials and bring any items that will work as double-duty, you are well on your way to family vacation bliss!

A key item for any outdoor adventure for families looking to shield little ones from the elements is our lightweight One Touch Cabana. With a single touch, you have a UV-treated beach cabana at the ready!

The waterproof floor stands up to any ground covering and the mesh doors ensure that naps are taken in peace.

Pair it with a colorful tatami mat underneath and you have the perfect beach set-up for children of all ages!

The second step for vacation bliss is to be present in each moment, as it will one day be a cherished memory. One of my family’s favorite ways to document a trip is to create a traveler’s notebook using white cardstock folded in half and bound in the center with staples.

Traveler’s notebooks act as the perfect landing spot for jotting down itineraries, happy memories, lists of places visited / food consumed / naps taken, and anything else that is noteworthy. It’s equal parts scrapbook and diary.

The best aspect of all is that it’s small and lightweight enough to tote around everywhere, making it the ideal companion for everything from lazy afternoons on the beach to lengthy waits at restaurants.

No matter where you’re headed, we wish you safe and happy travels this Summer!

P.S. Be sure to snag your own traveler’s notebook cover printable HERE!


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