Preparation for Mom Being Gone
by Charlotte Siems
For many years, trips out of town without children were very rare. But over the last few years life shifted and now I take business-related trips a few times a year. I’m certainly not a business traveler-type—believe me, I’m home most of the time. But since flying to Florida for the first time five years ago to attend my first T-Tapp Retreat, I’ve gone enough places to develop a routine for preparations.
Here’s a list of to-do’s to get everything ready when Mom will be gone for several days (not including the 1.2 million other preparations like going to the bank, picking up dry cleaning and making arrangements for children’s activities):
- Go grocery shopping for meals and snacks (keeping in mind: the simpler the better and probably including more convenience foods than usual).
- Make sure household supplies like toilet paper are stocked up.
- Make a list of meals and available snacks (with instructions, if needed).
- Make sure the younger children’s laundry is done so that their drawers are stocked with underwear and clothes.
- If you’ll be gone over a Sunday, designate church clothes and shoes.
- Begin packing at least two days in advance so no last-minute packing marathon.
- Along with the list of meals, make a daily list of appointments and activities (who needs to be where, when).
- Take photos of everyone with your phone so you’ll have them with you.
Some things I pack when I’ll be staying in a hotel longer than one night:
- Instant oatmeal and granola for breakfast (for oatmeal sans milk)
- A bowl and spoon
- Essential oils for good sleep
- Almonds, dried fruit, protein bars or other snacks
- A baggie of powdered coffee creamer (hotel rooms never have enough)
You probably have some tips for how the family can prepare for a few days without Mom. Share them with us in the comments below!