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Recently I shared I’ve been planning on creating a new series for Christian women in particular. You absolutely do NOT have to be a Christian wife for many of these posts to connect to the material. I think some people may have misunderstood that, sorry!
This is the first post to one of my series, and I hope you enjoy it.
A couple weeks ago my husband and I celebrated his 29th birthday by going to a zoo. We left Friday and traveled back Sunday. Technically, aside from our wedding night, this was our first trip staying overnight somewhere, and for more than one day. We’ve been married for almost 6 years, it was well deserved!
I learned a lot through this trip in preparation. Somethings I did well at and others I could have done better.
√ What To Know Beforehand:
- Deals! Coupons, discounts (military, anyone?)
- Is this outdoors? What is weather going to be like?
- Is there a pool where you are staying?
- See if there are shuttles or forms of transportation to help you get around
- Plan your budget ahead of time, this will help spending costs.
- Local places to shop/eat/relax or places that may be scenic/historic
- Free museums?
- Know what you would like to visit and where it is ahead of time
One of the only reasons my husband and I were able to go on our trip was because I heard they were allowing military AND their families free entry to the zoo! We did not have to pay, and not only that, but there was a section specifically for the military in which they could receive a meal ticket for a free meal, and their families as well! Hot dogs, chips, cookie, fruit, and drink. That’s not bad and allowed us to use the money we would have for lunch on something else.
Speaking of money, it’s good to know your budget ahead of time. My husband will set aside money specifically for the trip. This helps with planning where you will go, food costs, spending money, etc. We have leftover funds so we will be using some for a small outing.
Know where you are staying and what they offer. Some places do not offer wi-fi for free. Some offer free breakfast, some do not. Gyms, pools, laundry, etc. Look around.
Get an idea of where you will be staying and how close stores, restaurants and other places you are interested in are. As well as what the weather will be like. If you are going somewhere and the temperatures will be hot, plan accordingly. If possible, see if you can go on a cloudy day.
√ What To Bring With You Checklist:
- Plates, Cups, Plastic/Silverware, Napkins
- Snacks/Drinks/Food (save $$$ ahead of time, especially when you aren’t planning to go anywhere for the rest of the night)
- Optional: Cooler/Ice Packs
- Medicine/Vitamins/Allergy/Skin Cream – Rather safe than sorry. Something for headaches, cramps, aches, possible heartburn, etc. Creams for cuts, rashes, or bug bites.
- Bug Spray/Sunscreen/Sunglasses/Hat
- Bath/Beach Towel (most hotels will have their own towels)
- Clothing – Outfits for days you will be out, something warm, something light, pajamas, undergarments & socks! I’ve seen people pack undergarments and socks into shoes to save space.
- Bring swimwear if the place you are staying at or will be going to has a swimming pool/waterpark.
- Umbrella/Ponchos – Ponchos can be really cheap and handy to have.
- COMFORTABLE SHOES! * and maybe extras – (possible sandals) & slippers (if you get cold feet)
- Toothbrush & toothpaste
- Soap/shower gel, shampoo/conditioner /
- Feminine Care Products- Traveling can affect the body as well, rather have it and not need it.
- Minimum Make Up- if desired if you are going to be outside and it’s hot, you don’t need it.
- Water/Water Bottle
Not Completely Prepared
On our trip, my husband was eager to leave so we decided not to get snacks ahead of time, but we should have. We have a Dollar Tree down the street and it would have been really convenient and cheap to get drinks and snacks ahead of time. We also forgot to pack plates/cups and the like. I had considered making some sandwiches ahead of time so we would have some food in the hotel. But I didn’t.
When we arrived at our hotel, we had found a Dollar Tree, but when we got there, apparently, it was closed. We had to go to a different store and get some drinks and snacks which cost a little bit more, as well as some supplies. All of these things I easily could have prepared ahead of time.
For once, I did not pack some extra sets of clothing, and I should have.
It was extremely hot that day and the first day I did not bring any water with me. BIG MISTAKE! I sweat easily and within the first hour I was soaked. It was extremely sunny and finding some places that were air-conditioned like the aquarium was really helpful.
We had two days to explore so using the map was helpful. The first day we did not use the shuttle until the end and that was a mistake because we were really sore by the time we left.
We had a wonderful time, but there were a handful of things that could have prepared us better. Having a checklist like this would have helped. Preparing a few days prior would have been better.
Are We Prepared For Christ?
Our walk with Christ is often like planning a trip. We plan to spend eternity with Christ. We (should) know what race we are running. Scripture says that we need to run that race in such a way we can win.
If we do not plan a trip, we do not know where we are going or how we will get there. If we do not have a relationship with Jesus Christ, then we cannot be with Him. We cannot go to Heaven.
This means we need to know what we proclaim to believe in and we need to be strong in the foundation of Christ. To actively be engaged in our walk with Christ. This is only done through scripture reading, instruction, prayer, gathering with fellow believers and worship.
If my husband and I were more familiar with the zoo it would have been easier to navigate. The longer we have a relationship with Christ, we are to wean ourselves away from the milk (the basics, what we become familiar with) and prepare for the meat (deeper truths and intimacy, like sanctification).
The closer we draw to Him, the more we discover and the more we are prepared.
Has there ever been a trip you could have prepared better? Do you see things in your life with Christ you can work on?
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