What You Need for Your Next Girls Getaway
So I just got back from an epic girls weekend that was loooong overdue! We hit up Montreal (read about our trip here) and it was incredible. I’m lucky that I have some amazing ladies to travel with but I think the overall success of traveling in a group was helped out by a few things:
Water & Sunblock
STAY HYDRATED. This might seem obvious but y’all might need a reminder. I definitely didn’t drink as much water as I should have the first day and I paid for it. If the whole gang is chugging water everyone will be better off. Also, bring sunblock. Lots of sunblock, regardless of your destination. Friends don’t let friends get sun burnt.
White Noise Machine
I can’t take credit for this one but my girl Jane is a genius! If you’re sharing a hotel room this makes a huge difference and most certainly kept two of us from waking up the third when we were creeping back in at 3:30am….*ahem*
Positivity & Flexibility
A positive outlook can make or break a trip, especially if you’re in a group or if things go awry. For example: on our drive from RI we had to drop off my friend’s kids in Boston before heading on to Montreal. She, being ever prepared, had gotten her oil changed the day before so the car would be 100%. When we got to Boston & parked, however, the car was smoking under the hood. Come to find out the oil cap was never replaced (!) and oil had spewed out all over the vehicle and we were almost out. Thanks in part to a neighbor (I see you, Mr. K!) we were able to let it cool, add more oil and get it in for an emergency oil change at a local shop. The biggest takeaway from this was that everyone kept their cool and pulled together. Nothing was going to keep us from our trip!
Flexibility is also good. We went in with a loose outline of what we wanted to see/do on this trip but everyone was able to go with the flow. It also helps when you take turns being the leader, be it trying to figure out maps, ordering an Uber or figuring out plans.
A safe word
Not a joke! We agreed on a word that anyone could use at any time for any reason. Creeps? Use the word. Bad situation? Drop that word. Want to tap out with no explanation necessary? Throw up your hand and yell the word. The agreement was that no one needed to explain why it was used and no one could get upset if it was used, and it worked well. It also became the hill I was going to die on for our last night – we wandered forever looking for a couple things (dumplings, a good drink, etc) and it wasn’t going to happen. I used my resistance to the word as motivation to keep it pushing. Sadly, the 2am dumplings never came to be but we got a serious late night walking tour of Montreal.
Curious what our word was? You’ll just have to ask me…….
I’m sure there are a bunch of things that could make a trip with the ladies better but these were the bare essentials and worked well for us – pretty sure the ladies would agree! What are your essentials for traveling with your squad?