Although it’s difficult to believe, summer is just around the corner. School will be out before we know it, and those long, summer days are just ahead. No matter what your summer plans are for this year, here are 5 ways you can prepare for summer full of fun.
- Buy new swimsuits. While it may seem a little early still, chances are last year’s suits aren’t going to fit, and there’s nothing worse than trying to find a last-minute swimsuit for the first swim of the year when half the sizes and styles are sold out. Now is the time to pull out last year’s suits, try them on, and determine what is needed and in what sizes. Then, go ahead and purchase them while you have the time and options available.
- Make lists. This is the fun part! Start planning. It can feel like the summer flies by, and if you’re not prepared, there will be a hundred things you meant to do but never got around to. Write out a summer reading list, a list of activities you want to do, events happening in your area, places you want to go, and anything else you can think of now. Then, when school is out and the weather is nice you can spend more time doing and less time planning or researching.
- Stock up on sunscreen, bug spray, and the works. Go ahead and stock up on sunscreen, bug spray, beach or camping gear, and anything else you might need, in order to limit the number of last minute runs to the store and leave more time for fun. Trust me, you don’t want to be buying sunscreen at the beach for twice the price because you ran out and weren’t prepared.
- Create a calendar. Between trips, camps, events, playdates, outings, and all of the other fun things that may be awaiting your family this summer, it can be a lot to keep up with. Print off or create a large calendar that you can display somewhere where everyone can easily access and view it. This will also help create a visual of how much time you have available for some of those activities you wrote on your list.
- Get everyone involved. While picking locations for family adventures or vacations, try to get the whole family involved in choosing. Get the kids to weigh in on which summer activities they’d like to participate in, friends they want to get together with, and places they’d like to go. While knowing you can’t fit EVERYTHING into one summer break, this will help everyone to feel involved, take some pressure off of you, and get the whole family excited for summer!
Want to share your summer plans with us? Let us know what you’ve got on your calendar!