As I write this I’m about to go on a 2 1/2 week trip with the family I work for. But what does this mean? How does it work? Continuing our series on Nanny-hood I thought this would be a great time to dive into “work trips”.
I love work trips! Yes by the end I’m exhausted but I love going to new places and experiencing new things. So yes a work trip involves a lot of work (I mean obviously) but it also means traveling to places I wouldn’t normally go and getting paid to boot.
Basically planning what the kiddos will need for the entire trip and packing accordingly. Always think of the worst possible scenario (like the baby will get diarrhea= extra diapers packed) and then temper that with how much each kid has in the suitcase. I’d rather pack too much than too little.
2.) The Drive
Just grin and bare it basically. Last year the summer trip involved an eight hour car ride with a screaming 10 month old… Yeah. Any long distance trip via plane, train or automobile is hard for little humans. This means frequent stops, snacks and diaper changes. You might be able to drive nonstop but a five year olds blander can’t wait that long.
3.) Sharing a Room
Often on trips O have to double up with one if not two babies. This is not so awful it just means you have to be very good at sneaking out of a room or that quiet early morning coffee you were planning on may be a accompanied by a not so quiet three year old.
4.) Resting When You Can
This is vital! When they nap you nap, when they sleep you sleep. If you don’t sit down and mentally vegetate for even a few minutes you’ll burn out quickly.
5.) Going with the Flow
Nap schedules, food routines- Everything normal basically gets thrown out the window. They’re on vacation after all and maybe skipping a nap or a late bedtime means they’ll seep in the next morning… I can dream right?
I hope this brief look gives you an idea how work trips work. Like I said it’s a lot of work (basically 24/7) but it’s a different kind of work. Like anything there’s pros and cons. If you have any questions about this or other nannying stuff please contact me via any of my social accounts or shoot me an email.
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