Summer Vacation

Shannon - posted on 07/05/2010 ( 2 moms have responded )

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I am going on a week vacation at the end of July. We are driving 16 hours away. And we are going to Myrtle Beach, I hear that the place is really expensive. We have a condo for the whole week so we can cook at home. Does anyone have any tips on saving money for the drive and while we are there. I would like to do little picnics while we are at the beach, but what can you bring that will not spoil in the sun.

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Sara - posted on 07/05/2010

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You can find insulated coolers/picnic baskets everywhere now. And many are cute and collapsible- not just the hard plastic, huge, ugly things that take up too much space. I just got home from a 16-hour drive each way with my 3-year-old and 1-year-old. If yours are as young as mine you'll want to make plenty of stops to let everyone a chance to stretch their legs and get energy out. Bring plenty of water (dehydration can lead to sick kids). Prepared veggies and fruits like carrot sticks, celery sticks, bell peppers, grape tomatoes, strawberries, grapes are great for stops. Soft crackers are good for tiding kids over in the car to the next stop. Scope out your trip before and map out good stopping points. Agree on a budget for travelling, explain it to the kids if they are old enough to understand. Having the kitchen at your destination will greatly help you save on food. Finding a good quality cooler/basket will help keep anything you need cool. Rules for food safety vary depending by state, but you can usually rely on the 2-4 hours max out of the refrigerator. Opening up the cooler as little as possible also helps. You can use ice-packs or ice in plastic bags. Don't forget trash bags. Good luck and have a great vacation!

Jessica - posted on 07/05/2010

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Bring a large cooler! :) I would pack snacks and drinks for the long drive there. That way you're not spending money on that stuff when you stop for gas along the way. You might just have to buy more ice, which is normally pretty inexpensive.

I think you can keep almost anything for a day at the beach as long as you keep it cold. We have a large cooler that has wheels and a handle. Kinda looks like a rolling suitcase. It makes it easier to haual around. I think DH found it at Walmart. Maybe invest in one of those? :)

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