Taking a day trip with the kids, and looking for ways to have the most fun with as little stress as possible?
Here are my top 5 Tips for a Successful Day Trip with the Family!
We love day trips because they are perfect for those days you just want to get away! They are cheaper than your traditional vacations, and depending on the location you choose, you may be able to bring your furry family members along. We’ve traveled all around us for years, and we’ve always had the best times, so I thought I’d put together my 5 Tips for a Successful Day Trip with the Family!
1. Get the whole family involved in planning. Usually we have an idea of what we want to do. (hiking, visiting a zoo, checking out a museum, etc) Once we have what we want to do narrowed down, I just hop online with everyone at the table with me, and start searching zoos near Panama City, or state parks in north Florida, etc. Just search according to your city and what your looking to do. You can also search a bigger city that you live nearby, if you live in an area where you don’t really have anything to do. Then we take a look at what that particular place has to offer, and we choose a place. Don’t forget to bookmark or write down all the places that you’ve found, you may want to visit on another day trip! We found this gorgeous state park near the Florida/Georgia state line by searching for state parks in north Florida. 2. Picking a day. Unlike planning for a week long vacation, a day trip is a lot easier. However, you want to keep a few things in mind when picking the day. It may be easier for you to visit a zoo or museum on a school holiday, but just keep in mind that your location may be packed, so perhaps on those days you could choose to visit a state park and do some hiking instead. Most of our own day trips have taken place on random Saturdays. A couple of weeks ago we chose a day trip that would take us away from Panama City, because it was spring break for the schools in our area, and we didn’t want to stick around. We went west a couple of hours away to the Gulf Breeze Zoo and had a blast! 3. Snacks. You want to choose snacks that will fuel your adventurous day trip, and not leave you or your kids looking for a nap. I like choosing snacks loaded with protein. It’s funny most of the time snack foods in America are loaded with sugar. However in Europe, having a snack of Italian meat and cheese is part of daily life. When packing our small cooler for our day trips, I always head to Target on our way out of town. I load our cooler up with water, and Creminelli Fine Meats™. My girls love the Casalingo, Gouda & Dried Cherries! What I love about the Creminelli snack packs is they are loaded with ingredients that you can feel good about your family eating. Protein is perfect for day trips because you won’t have that sugar crash, which will leave you begging for a nap!
4. Plan a pit stop. Sometimes a pit stop is needed, sometimes not. It depends on the age of your kids, or how well they like riding in the car for lengthy periods. Sometimes a pit stop is needed because of road construction or a traffic accident that has traffic backed up for miles. This happened to us. I pulled out my phone and searched for the nearest parks to us. We found one in a neighborhood a couple of blocks from where we were. Perfect! The girls played while Zack and I sat and watched the traffic on Google Maps.
5. Remember to have fun! Keep in mind it’s just a day trip! Take your camera, and enjoy what’s going on around you. Day trips are the perfect time to be adventurous with your photos. Practice taking photos of the scenery. Or pass the camera off to your kids, and check out what they capture. You may be surprised to see that you have a budding photographer on your hands!
If you are interested in more information about our snack choice for day trips, check out Creminelli on Instagram! I bought ours at Target, but you can also find Creminelli at Starbucks, Whole Foods and Kroger stores. If you’re interested in day trips from Panama City, check out some those here.