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Updated: Nov 24, 2020

Pandemic or no pandemic there is nothing wrong with staying home on a busy holiday weekend. Everyone is tired of being home but, make this weekend special, memorable and perhaps create a new family tradition.

With some thought and planning your home and backyard can become a resort. A bathroom can become a spa, small tables covered with a white sheet can become a fancy restaurant, clearing out the furniture in your living room can become a place to pitch a tent or have slumber party.

Below are some ideas to make any weekend staycation different than every other weekend.

Planning Your Staycation

Schedule Your Staycation – No Work, No Cell Phones

As with any other vacation, make sure that you book some time away from work and other obligations. Plan to have no work time and no cell phone, imagine you are out of range of cell service, this will contribute to your experience or relaxation.

Gather Supplies – Plan Ahead

Before your staycation begins, create a menu and make a list of supplies you need for your staycation. Once your staycation begins, you won’t want to have to worry about groceries, so doing them beforehand is essential. Include a combination of healthy food and drink, with treats you normally don’t have, S'mores, ice cream and toppings, jiffy pop, specialty drinks etc. vacations are time to indulge – it is a staycation, after all!

Plan an Itinerary – Have a start and end date and time.

Make the most of your staycation with an itinerary. Your schedule can be as full or detailed as you see fit, so long as it helps you to make the most of your time. The last thing you want to do is housework during your staycation, which is exactly what an itinerary can help you to avoid.

Here are some ideas to help you get started with your itinerary:

  • Pitch tents

  • Have food delivered

  • Arrange you seating theater style to watch a movie

  • Field trip to local outdoor spaces, such as the woods, mountains or a beach/lake

  • BBQ

  • Sleeping in and having naps

  • Exploring local and surrounding neighborhoods

  • S'mores

  • Watch a Movie outside

  • Talent Show

  • Play Games

  • Races; 3 legged race, potato sack race etc.

  • Pot Luck - everyone in the family bring something

  • Put up a hammock

  • Water balloon fight

  • Cook breakfast outside

  • Go for a bike ride

  • Read a book

A staycation is a great way to look at your home differently, give yourself permission to do all the things you do or don’t do when you are on vacation and when it is time to go back to work you will feel refreshed and energized.

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