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Organizing for Summer Family Fun

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Fun, laughter, and good times are often born spontaneously, but if you want to get the most fun out of a family outing, it's a good idea to do a little organizing beforehand. Some pre-planning can avoid the inconveniences that can put a damper on those good times.

If you launch into elaborate preparations that cause delays when everyone else wants to just jump into the car and go, the whole excursion can get off to a frustrating start. Here are some suggestions that will help cut down on preparations and frustrations when it comes to "spontaneous" fun. Once you've packed a grab-n-go backpack, and packed a few essentials in the trunk of your car, all you'll have to worry about the next time you hear "Let's go!" is making sure everyone has visited the bathroom before heading out the door.

Things to Keep in the Trunk of Your Car

In the trunk, off your mind. Having these things pre-packed means you'll have less to remember (or forget!) when it's time to head out the door.

Things to Keep in a Grab-n-Go Backpack by the Door

Keep a backpack stocked and ready to go at a moment's notice. Keeping it in a handy visible location near the door will prevent you from forgetting it in the excitement of departure. Here are a few items that can make the difference between fun and fiasco.

  • Sunblock lotion
  • Non-refrigerated snacks
  • Bottled water
  • Pre-moistened towlettes
  • First aid kit

Now you're prepared with the basic supplies you need to have a safe outing no matter where you go. Just remember, the essential key to enjoying leisure time with your friends and family is your state of mind. So relax and go with the flow. While the preparations should be well planned, the fun should be spontaneous!

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