Travel Day: Waking up to Day ONE of Vacation

Today is the day, the day you have been waiting for…but now what? Did you sleep? Packed and ready for the plane? Are you Travel Day Disney Vacation Ready?

Hey guys, Now that Galaxy’s Edge has opened and crazy opening day stress is over, I can get blogging about our trip. Like all trips, its starts with trying to sleep, trying to pack it all, trying to be ready. And then…the flight. How will you make it through? You’re thinking, just get me to Disney, just get me to my resort and I will be good. As someone who travels for a living, as someone who books travel for others, I can tell you…even the expert gets nervous. Even the expert can lose sleep. Yep, even I just want to get to my hotel room already 🙂 Are you Travel Day Disney Vacation Ready?

Sleep:

Like most trips, before I go to bed that night, I am PACKED. I am fully, 100% packed. Even my toiletries are packed. I set my alarm, try to go to bed at a decent hour and sleep OR do I. It seems no matter how many times I do this, I always have a hard time sleeping. So much to the point that my husband knows…to just let me be on Travel Day. I usually am SO tired when I actually have to get up that I am basically a zombie trying to check all the boxes. Shower, check. Repack toiletries, make-up, pillows, check. Stay quiet, check. Make kids snacks/lunches, check. Load car, check.

The question is, why? Why can’t I sleep, I’m not nervous for anything. I might worry I forgot to pack something but with the amount of lists I make, not likely. I think I mostly have a hard time sleeping as I am afraid we will miss the plane. Perhaps, subconsciously, I am afraid my alarm won’t work and we will be late. Of course with 2 alarms going off, this is unlikely. I know I am not alone, who else can’t sleep and wakes up like a character from the night of the living dead??

The Airport:

So, we are up, bags are packed and we drive to the airport. We unload the car, get on the shuttle and get to the airport. After checking in like 100 bags we make our way to security. This is where I get a little nervous. Remember Nina, whose bag has the tablet, whose has the laptop, whose has food?? Are all the water bottles emptied? Anyone else? At this point I have learned to put all that stuff in the same bag. But this time I got stumped as they wanted me to remove ALL food. This was new. So all our packed snacks, kids lunches, other random food needed to be removed. I had to remove items from EVERY single bag. Ugh. Ok, done. Now we have to put it all back and make our way to our gate. Easy. I got this. We all go to the bathroom, fill up on fresh water and wait.

The Plane:

Boarding time! We board early as usual and wiped down our seats; the trays, the seatbelts and basically anything that we can. Then we wait and wait. Luckily our seats had individual screens, so the kids start watching. I got this!! The pilot alerts us that we are taking off soon. So I dig for my gum, check. Get the kids something to suck on, check. Then we take off. 4.5 hours later we are there. But we made 4 bathroom trips, 1 kid felt nauseous and gave me a minor panic attack on the plane and my husband slept through it all. He is SO lucky, lol. We land and RACE to the bathroom. We grab our bags and call our car service. The sigh of relief sets in. Now to get to the resort and in our room.

The Resort:

We are in our car driving down the highway and start seeing signs for Disney, you know those advertisements for what’s ahead. Then the kids start noticing buildings that they exclaim are Disney, but aren’t lol. Finally we see it, its Guardians of the Galaxy (Tower of Terror). Oh look, Carsland (the back side of Radiator Springs). Then the car turns into our Resort Parking area. It’s like the sight of heaven. We made it. The lack of sleep, the motion sickness kid, the potty breaks, the hunger, the nervousness…all for this. All my months of planning, organizing, researching and secrets…for this moment. And it all comes back to me, I am a child again. Disney is HOME, we are home. And to make it even better, our room was ready! They upgraded us to a nicer view and our room was ready. After unpacking…we can relax. Eat, Pool, Chill and Enjoy.

How about you? I know I am not alone. Who else can’t sleep or dreads the travel part and just wants on vacation already. And for the record, traveling solo is 100% easy for me, its the addition of the kids and husband that usually get me frazzled.

Mahalo for READING and FOLLOWING along – Nina

As usual I am a FREE Magical Vacation Planner (Travel Agent), Booking ALL Disney Destination Vacations (Disney & Beyond) – Contact me TODAY!!

How to HIDE your secret Vacation from the Kids.

Anyone else plan trips that are a secret from the kids? Learn how to hide your secret vacation from the kids.

Hey guys, I am 1 FULL day away from our summer vacation and keeping this a secret is HARD. Luckily for me, due to my job and life, my kids know where we are going, but not when. They have no idea that in 2 more sleeps…we leave. That leaves tomorrow as my final day to pack and sync everything up…ALL IN SECRET. See my tips on how to hide your secret vacation from the kids.

Call your Travel Agent AT NIGHT:

So as much as I prefer to be watching TV or finally resting my legs for the day, most families contact me at night AND for good reason. The trip is a secret and how do you chat when little ears are listening? I have had parents call me from the car, from a fake grocery trip, from the backyard, from the neighbors and of course from work (usually during lunch hour). But the most common is parents whispering to me over the phone while the littles sleep. So tip #1, keep little ears away from the conversation. PS – I have NO problem working in the evening to accommodate your secret trip.

Hide your Mail:

So luckily for “snail mail” Disney doesn’t send you much in the mail after you have booked, but every once in a while they do. Like a “Can’t wait to see you soon” booklet. And of course Magicbands WAY later and I usually send a little care package. BUT, I have had many people give me grandma’s address. But they often forget to change that address on their Disney account, so they still get the mailings. So best bet…is too get the mail yourself and if its from Disney, say its an advertisement or a gift for someone else. And do this for your email too people. Ever hand your kids your phone? I know my emails pop up when they come in. Eek…kids who can read might see something they shouldn’t. This is true for app countdowns.

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Shopping in Secret:

Mom why are you shopping for bathing suits in winter? Mom why are you looking for our summer clothes? Or mom why are you getting sunscreen. These are ALL questions those little stinkers will ask. I have learned to shop WAY ahead of time and when I am sans kids. Or I just purchase 1-2 items at a time, so they don’t suspect. I also buy extra shorts/bathing suits when they are on clearance in the next size up before its winter and I find out they grew. Planning ahead is the key…as once they get a thought its happening…its hard to keep a tight lip. Kids are smart.

Packing:

I pack in advance. Pack in a room that isn’t a common location for the kids, like a closest or the basement. I also pack as I do laundry so slowly they are missing more undies or a few shirts, etc. Mine would notice if ALL their Disney tees were gone. AS I am folding, I am packing and tucking away clothes. Then I put the packing cubes in my laundry basket and walk them down to the basement and then put in suitcases. Once those suitcases are out, they are noisy little creatures…you might just give in to all the questions. I am also known to pack at night or early in the morning while they are sleeping. Of course if you can, pack while they are in school. Sadly for me its summer and I am running out of reasons for why the suitcases have moved.

LIE:

I hate this suggestion, but I do it. Kids can sense things. Mine will notice me running around more crazy than usual. They will notice me hiding in the basement or my room with the door closed. They will noticed me talking in a soft tone, in my room with the door closed (yes, talking to Disney). So I lie. I pretend that next week we are doing XY and Z. In fact my kids think we have a doctors appointment on Monday which is why we have to return the library books/DVDs early. Sadly they also think we are still doing sports next week and will be participating in a party 🙁 I just need to lie for 1 more day, but its getting hard. I wasn’t planning on lieing, they just ask TOO many questions.

Other tips:

Speak in code. We did this alot when the kids were little. Change your vacation destination to something else, like tennis or bowling or going to the “mall”. This way you can talk more openly but using code words. Honey, when we go to that new mall, lets make sure to remember to get passes to the cool activities. Hehehe. You can also take turns distracting. Hubby takes them somewhere while you pack, then switch. But mine totally start asking question when all of a sudden my hair is done, my nails are painted and they both got haircuts…all in the same week. So my “lie” is we are getting ready for school early to beat the rush, lol. But yes, try to space out the beautification.

How do you hide your secret? Any tips to share?

Mahalo for READING and FOLLOWING along – Nina

As usual I am a FREE Magical Vacation Planner (Travel Agent), Booking ALL Disney Destination Vacations (Disney & Beyond) – Contact me TODAY!!

What to pack for the Airplane?

Headed on a trip? Haven’t flown in a while or with kids before? READ on for my Airplane Tips.

Hey Peeps, as I pack and prepare for my upcoming trip I was thinking about our flight. And I actually get this question often, especially from people who haven’t flown in a while or its a first with kids. What does one need for the airplane. READ my list of things I pack for our Airplane Flight. And I know each flight is different and each airline is different and flying with kids is WAY different than going solo…so you might have different items on your list.

Water:

So why water? You can get water on the plane, you can even get it with ice. Well we pack water or I should say water bottles for 2 reasons. 1 – how clean or filtered really is that water? Or the ice? I know on Delta, they now pour from actual brand-name water bottles…but what if they don’t all the time. 2 – I pack water bottles as when and if they do give you water, there is NO lid, NO straw. Kids are messy, kids spill and mix that with potential turbulence and you will have wished you packed a water bottle. TIP: Pack it empty and fill up after security, but before you board.

Snacks/Food:

This might be a no-brainer but many people forget as they are usually rushing off to the airport and forget to grab lunch or breakfast, etc. I pack our snacks the day before, in our airplane bags. Then that morning, depending on how long the flight is…I will pack a “lunch” like meal. Breakfast is easy to toss in a bag; muffins, dry cereal, bars, etc. They do sell “meals” on the plane but…I can’t guarantee they are super fresh or yummy. But I can guarantee they are $$$. You can also get to the airport a little early and grab a to-go item it the airport, but again $$$.

Entertainment:

#1 item to pack – Headphones. We each have our OWN set and always keep them in our airplane bags. Most planes have individual TVs now, so you will be instantly ready for entertainment. I love Delta for this. Other airlines, you might want to pack a tablet for the kiddies, pre-loaded with movies. Don’t forget books, magazines, etc. TIP: Avoid anything for the kids that might fall on the floor. I have learned to skip crayons and dice and small items and stick with sticker books, game systems or even magnet sets.

WIPES:

I can’t stress this one enough – pack wipes and USE THEM. Clean the table, the seat, the window, the seatbelts, the air controls, the TV and even the seat pocket. Use anti-bacterial lotion for your hands and avoid touching too many things. As soon as you get off, WASH your hands. Am I crazy or smart? Both perhaps, but flight attendants don’t have time to sanitize each and every seat. Imagine ALL the germs that crossed your row; coughing, sneezing, vomiting, spit-up from kids, bathroom hands, etc. People always wonder why they get sick on or after vacation? Ding, ding, ding – Airplane germs.

and MORE:

Some other items to make your stay on the plane more comfortable, how about a neck pillow. I love mine; some inflate, some are cloth, etc just make sure to get it BEFORE the airport. Using one is so much better than a hurt neck if you fall asleep in the wrong position. Blanket, large scarf, hoodie sweater or ladies poncho like cover-up. These are great for covering your face, your arms, etc. Planes can get chilly and for longer flights, it helps being able to block out the lights and people. Gum, candies, ginger chews, motion meds are also KEY items to pack. I can’t live without my gum on a plane and my daughter NEEDS meds and ginger to relax the motion issues. We also ALWAYS pack a bucket (in case).

Pack GUM, helps with Ear Popping!

I have a few other things I always pack, but above are the basics. What do you ALWAYS pack? What can’t you fly without? I’d love to know.

Mahalo for READING and FOLLOWING along – Nina

As usual I am a FREE Magical Vacation Planner (Travel Agent), Booking ALL Disney Destination Vacations (Disney & Beyond) – Contact me TODAY!!