I just finished a wonderful 5 day vacation with my family. We went to Cedarburg, Wisconsin which is a cute little town just north of Milwaukee. It is right on a river and filled with little shops and pubs. It’s a lot like Galena, IL. The first place we ate was a restaurant made from an old blacksmith building. It was called the Anvil Pub and Grille. Their food was delicious! Highly recommend it.
We made side trips to Summerfest in Milwaukee and another little day trip over to Port Washington and Grafton. Port Washington is a work in progress but looks like a great stop for fishing. Being right on Lake Michigan they have a popular charter business. I saw some massive salmon being hauled off the boats. The last day we finished up with Strawberry fest in Cedarburg. It’s HUGE! Everyone comes out for it. Right in their downtown, they line the streets with more venders, and pop up eateries. We went though all the shops earlier in the week, but if you’re coming up just for strawberry fest you’ll need two days to see everything. I saw some crazy foods. Strawberry dipped corn, brats with strawberries on it, and even strawberry beer!
I came away with some great finds and a VERY satisfied stomach. Cheese curds are my favorite guilty pleasure. I have to give a shoutout for the Baltica Bistro and Tea Room. I was seeing stars after eating here. The owner/cook came from Poland and makes 5 star quality meals. It IS pricey, but their caprese flatbread is one of the best flatbreads I’ve ever had. It used up our whole meal budget for the day so we had to make do with leftovers for dinner, but it was worth it.
Really, I’d love to give a shoutout to every place we went. We found so many great items. My favorite is this turtle necklace I picked up in Port Washington. If you’re near the area be sure to stop by the little shop across from their fire department and police station. The shop is built in the original firehouse and is run by two really nice people. They told us so much about the area and are working to restore the old firehouse. I tried to find a link to their shop, but no luck. They should be on E Pier St and N Wisconsin St. Make sure you check them out! Don’t forget to look in the back at their old fire department references.
By the time our vacation was up, we had a lot to bring back. The car was already pretty packed before we set out. Three women, a sedan and all their bags and suitcases. To save as much space as possible, I set out to find some packing tips. I found a lot of great ones.
1. Use a chip clip to elevate your toothbrush. I don’t trust putting my toothbrush directly on the sink. Call me high maintenance if you want. It just grosses me out. The chip clip was a great way to keep it off the sink. It was also a backup for the bag of popcorn we brought.
3. Use that shower cap. They’re cheap and have dual purpose. I brought a whole bag of shoes so I wasn’t worried about them. Instead I was more worried about my soaps, shampoos, etc. I wrapped all these in my shower cap and left the opening face up.The elastic keeps the opening tight. If anything were to leak it’d land in the bottom of the shower cap and is contained by the elastic in the opening.
4. Use saran wrap to leakproof your bottles. If you’re worried about your bottles leaking, add a little extra saran wrap under the cap. It’s thin enough to twist closed, and the wrap blocks the liquids for getting out. I use this same method during moving too.
5. Makeshift speaker. Put your phone in a glass or bowl for amplified sound. I use this at home all the time. Rather than blow out my phone speaker I just put it in a glass and let that do the work.
6. Pack things inside one another. This was handy on the trip back. That negative space in an object will take up space with or without something inside of it. You might as well use that space to your advantage.
Lastly… Do you forget a lot of stuff? I always forget something when going on vacation. Usually it’s aloe for sunburns. I used this handy checklist to double check as I was packing.
Another great tip for packing less…. Try on every outfit before you pack it. You’ll save so much room! Be sure you plan your shoes with it. You’ll be surprised how much less you pack if you try the outfits out first!
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|I’ve seen tips that you fold the clothes, then seal them in plastic bags. This keeps them even more condensed.|
|Some great tips! Using the shower cap was my favorite.|