Everyone looks forward to vacation all year long. When the time finally arrives, many families end up more stressed than relaxed, even if they planned every day to the last second. When things don’t go as expected, tensions mount and all that fun family time starts to feel like a chore. And there’s nothing worse than needing a vacation from your vacation, right?

If you want to avoid the hassles and enjoy true relaxation on your Hilton Head Island vacation this year, it’s easier than you think. You just have to know where to go and what to plan. Let’s take a look.

Streamline Your Packing

If you’re planning a road trip with the kids, you know before you go that the car will be packed from the wheels to the roof. Did you know you could leave some of those must-haves at home? Absolutely, you can. The bikes, cribs, beach wagons, sun chairs, strollers, and umbrellas can all stay in the basement this year!

Instead, book rentals with us now and save yourself some space in the car. We have all of the things mentioned above, as well as extra tables, chairs, high chairs, toys, and even beds. The pre-vacation stress is already starting to melt away, isn’t it?

Plan Your Meals

If you’re planning to cook meals in your condo or rental house while on the island, you’ll need a trip to the grocery store as soon as you arrive. We like to suggest that you bring along some eats to tide you over on Saturday evenings so that you can wait until Sunday morning to shop. This helps you avoid the influx of other vacationers that have arrived at the same time.

Planning your meals out takes some forethought, too. Weekends tend to be busier, so consider venturing out with the family on Tuesdays or Wednesdays. This is especially helpful if you’re traveling with a larger group, as you’re more likely to be able to find seats together. And checking first to make sure kids are welcome can save you some heartache later.

Be Prepared for Fees

Nothing is more frustrating than packing up the family for a drive to the beach, only to discover that you don’t have money for parking. Many meters will accept credit cards now, but you can’t count on every one on the island being updated. Instead, you’ll need to have some quarters with you everywhere you go, just in case.

Be prepared for entrance fees in some places, too. For instance, Sea Pines charges a gate fee of $6 to get in. If you’re staying at the resort or are a guest of someone, you can get a complimentary pass, but any other visitors should have the cash handy.

With these tips in mind, you’re on your way to a stress-free holiday. If we can be of any help to you while you’re here, don’t hesitate to ask!