With the Holidays in gear one thing many families will be doing is traveling. Traveling to see family, friends and sometimes even just to get away. Some people love traveling, others not so much, but one thing is for sure, add ADHD to the mix and traveling can turn into chaos. So what is an ADHD family to do? Travel of course! LOL, I know that isn’t what you were thinking or looking for. So let me share with you how I get our very active ADHD family out the door, down the road, and back again, all while having fun and keeping my sanity.
For someone like me, with ADHD, breaking down a task, job, or vacation into manageable steps is how I am able to see the whole picture without getting overwhelmed. After all our years of travel, I have broken up going on vacation, even if just for the holidays, into 5 manageable steps.
The first thing to do before any travel plans is to pack. Packing for one person alone can be a daunting task but add several other people with ADHD who get distracted and forget things and you have yourself a mess. Trust me I have been there many a times. However, in my post Road Trip – Packing I share how we get our family of 5 out the door with our sanity in tack.
Once you get everything packed, knowing you haven’t forgotten anything, the next step is to get the family in the van and head down the road. That part seems easy, but keeping everyone happy during the drive isn’t always. So in my post Road Trip – Happy Kids = Happy Ride I share the strategies I use to keep the kids happy. Keeping them happy ultimately helps my husband and I to enjoy some one on one time in the front seats, sharing and talking.
This is the step all the planning and driving was done for. You are on vacation and now is the time to enjoy family, friends, food and fun. All is well and good, but when you add ADHD to the mix things do not always go as planned. In Road Trip – Relaxing I share some of our tips to make sure your vacation is memorable, in a good way.
You get back from vacation and dread what is coming up next…jumping back into your regular routine. Transitions can be tough for people with ADHD, and going from a vacation schedule to a regular schedule is no different. In Road Trip – The Aftermath I share some tips we use to help us get ready for the transition to normalcy.
After unloading the van and tackling the laundry the next step is to get back into your regular routine. Even though the vacation is over, this transition to normalcy can be tough. In Road Trip – Back to the Grind I share how we transition into that normal routine without melt downs or added stress.