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Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Wednesday's Word to the Wise

It's summertime and time for vacations for many. I thought I'd share some helpful tips for traveling.

So shall thy poverty come as one that travelleth, and thy want as an armed man. Proverbs 6:11
(It comes slowly, as one that travels on foot)

If it weren't for having to pack a suitcase I think I'd look forward to vacations a whole lot more! I found some good tips to simplify what I pack and how to pack it. Check it out here.
Good ideas, huh?
How many times after you've loaded up the car and started on your way have you had the sinking feeling that you've left something behind? Here's a checklist to help you remember the other items, aside from your clothes that you need to bring.

Laughter is an instant vacation.
~Milton Berle
Traveling with children can be challenging, but you have to think ahead and come prepared. Here are some tips for your young ones:
  • You can get lots of mileage out of a big bag of colorful pipe cleaners. Your children can practice his colors and counting with them. Add some large beads and you're set.
  • Take along some of your child's favorite snacks ... Cheerios, graham crackers, small juice boxes ... and lots of baby wipes. Keep small toys that are not very noisy available for the child to play with.
  • Go to the Dollar store and find little trinkets to place in small brown bags - one for each hour you'll be travelling. The child can open one bag an hour to discover a treat, small toy or book to help pass the time.
  • Even if it is a baby toy, kids have fun with ANYTHING that lights up. The dollar store has neon glow bracelets and sticks (the kind you'd purchase at an amusement park or nighttime parade) that kids can connect and make bracelets or necklaces out of. Glow-in-the-dark star stickers are fun to get out too. Have them use their mini-flashlights on them to get them to shine. They can stick them above their seat in the car (if they are big enough), or you can have them do it before it gets dark when stopping for gasoline or something quick.
  • I've seen auto bingo boards for sale, but I've made them myself and get the kids to help out. Here's a sight for a printable auto bingo card.

And in the morning, rising up a great while before day, he went out, and departed into a solitary place, and there prayed.

Mark 1:35

Need a snack for the car or plane? This Cinnamon Snack Mix sounds yummy!

5 cups honey graham cereal
3 cups cinnamon-flavored bear-shaped graham cookies
2 cups ramen noodles, crushed
3/4 cup sliced almonds
1 cup golden raisins
1/3 cup butter
1/3 cup honey
1 teaspoon orange juice

Preheat oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C).
In a large bowl, mix honey graham cereal, bear-shaped graham cookies, ramen noodles, almonds, and golden raisins.

In a small saucepan over low heat, melt butter, and blend in honey and orange juice. Spread over the honey graham cereal mixture, and toss to coat.

Spread mixture onto a large baking sheet. Bake 10 minutes in the preheated oven.

We hit the sunny beaches where we occupy ourselves keeping the sun off our skin, the saltwater off our bodies, and the sand out of our belongings. ~Erma Bombeck

Happy travels!

1 comment:

Christina said...

Thanks for this post! Hopefully I can use it sometime soon ;)

However, I'm the odd one that actually LIKES to pack for vacation!