5 days. Not a week, not two weeks. 5 days. That’s all you need.

Our school calendar has a weeklong break in February and then again around Easter each year, so instead of a two week Spring Break, our kids have two breaks of one week each. It’s perfect. But we don’t even need that long.

If you’re finding winter to be eternal and you desperately want to get away, all you need is 5 days. Budget out that all-inclusive trip, and then chop off two days. For our family of four, that meant nearly $700 in savings. And we still got all the relaxing in that we could have imagined.

We slept by the pool, wandered into town, ate all the tacos, drank all the cerveza, chased all the waves.

mexico vacation

And we did it in 5 days.

Don’t believe me? Think about your last sunshine escape to an all inclusive type resort. It’s around that 5 day mark that the buffet starts to get tired, the relaxing routine gets a little boring, and the kids get a little antsy.

5 days was perfect for us this year, and we’re already plotting it out for next year.

If you have a vacation planned, it helps to be prepared so you can make the most of your time off. Here is a checklist of things to think about ahead of time so you can truly relax and enjoy your well-deserved break: 


Whether you’re travelling somewhere warm and will have time to read on the beach, or will just finally have some downtime at home, make sure you’re prepared by picking up a good book. I brought The Princess Diarist by Carrie Fisher with me for our trip, and burned through it with a smile on my face. Taken from the pages of the diary that Carrie Fisher kept during filming of the original Star Wars, the book centers on her whirlwind romance with Harrison Ford. For my son, it was hammock time to burn through Harry Potter.

Harry Potter Hammock


If you’re going away, plan your outfits ahead of time so you strike the balance of having what you need without over packing. You need to think about accessories and shoes to complete your looks and being efficient about the clothing you pack leaves room for those important finishing touches.

For me? It means putting everything out on the bed, seeing how things work together, and then putting about 1/3 of it back in the closet? For my wife? It means throwing it all in the suitcase and hoping for the best.

You can plan ahead to ensure the days spent touring markets, ruins, and walking tours don’t kill your night because of the pain and discomfort they cause.Dr. Scholl’s® For Her™ has several insole and cushioning options to fit different kinds of heels and flats, no matter what part of your foot or shoe is bothering you.


There’s nothing worse than arriving to find you’ve forgotten something essential. I always have a road bag with everything I need, ready to go. An extra toothbrush, toothpaste, deodorant, and hair products always on hand. And when the vacation is an escape to the sun, I make sure to raid the swim bag for the sunscreen.

sunscreen pool

Coppertone has products to keep your whole family covered; from Coppertone ClearlySheer® SPF 50 for you, to Coppertone Kids® Sunscreen Lotion SPF 60 for the kids, these are great options that provide sunscreens filter UVA and UVB rays to help provide sunburn protection. If you’re headed to the beach, remember that reapplying is just as important as putting on in the first place, so reapply at least every two hours, or after being in the water. (*Retains SPF after 80 minutes of activity in the water or sweating)

What are your March Break plans? What are the key items you’ll be putting on your vacation checklist so you’re prepared and make the most of the mid-winter break?

This post is sponsored by Bayer. To make sure these products are right for you, always read and follow the label.

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