Thank you to the J.M. Smucker Company for sponsoring this post. As always, all opinions are my own 🙂
Last weekend we took a break from our seemingly non stop travel and decided instead of traveling over Labor Day weekend like many other families, we decided to have a staycation. Armed with a low key plan for exploring close to home and lots of scheduled down time we were able to enjoy some family together time and save a bunch of money by not traveling.
During our weekend, I realized there are 5 things that you must have for the perfect staycation:
A plan!– Don’t become a victim of the “I dunno, what do you wanna do?” argument. Even if you are just staying home, work with your family to come up with a loose plan of what you are going to do each day, otherwise you may just end up staring at each other or your phones all day. No good can come from that, so be prepared!
Snacks, snacks and more snacks! – Lounging by the pool, watching movies and playing board games all day can work up quite an appetite. keep hunger and whining at bay with some healthy snacks that the kids can graze on all day. My favorites include, Smucker’s Fruit Fulls (apple, strawberry is awesome!) and Jiff Peanut Butter Whips. We love to dip apples in the caramel peanut butter whips and strawberries in the chocolate whips. So yummy! You can snag these yummy teats at your local Walmart 🙂
Games and puzzles! – No one wants to fight the boredom monster on staycation, so arm yourself with some fun puzzles and family favorite games like Monopoly, Life and UNO.
Movies!– One of our favorite staycation activities is a movie marathon. Armed with our favorite movies and a bowl full of popcorn we can easily kill half a day just watching movies. We enjoy a good mix of new blockbusters and old classics that we have seen a thousand times.
Camera!– You don’t need to be visiting the Eiffel Tower, or shell hunting on the beach to capture some great family memories. Use your camera to capture your daughter’s happy dance when she wins Monopoly for the first time ever, or epic cannon ball your son did at the local pool. These moments are just as fun and precious as the ones when you are on vacation.
Staycations are a great way to reconnect with your family without the stress and financial burden of a vacation. I would love to know what you do on your staycations, is there anything you would add to the list?