How To: Vacation Recovery

{Taken in West Virginia this past weekend}

If you follow me on Twitter, or read this post, you'd know that I just got back from my final summer trip. I went to West Virginia and later to the Kennywood amusement park near Pittsburgh (I'm a total scaredy cat on rides...are you?). And as we speak, er, type, I'm about to head home for the World's Cutest Nephew #2's 2nd bday, but before I leave, I need a little Vacation Recovery!

  • Vacation is supposed to be relaxing, but for me, that's almost never the case! I like to cram as much as I can into my vacations. But by following the tips below, I can relax once I'm back home.
  • Prepare posts--this is for the bloggers, of course! I had my posts, prior to this one, written & ready to go. The last thing I want to do when I get home from a 10-hour car ride is to write a post!
  • If at all possible, schedule a day at home. Instead of dashing off to work the next day, come home and have the next day off. You'll feel loads better. Promise!
  • Clean the house before you leave. It really helps to not come home to a dirty house, stinky trash, etc. I can't relax and I feel overwhelmed if I see all of the stuff that needs to get done.
  • I wash my sheets the night before. Who doesn't love clean sheets? They just feel differently (or is it just me?).
  • Unpack as soon as you get home and start laundry--I know you're tired but you'll be glad you got it out of the way.
  • If you have work the next day, having an outfit ready will be one less thing to worry about.
  • Have food ready to heat up in the freezer. A home-cooked meal is awesome when you've been traveling.
  • Body detox time! No matter what I tell myself and how many articles I read, I don't eat the healthiest on vacation. It's vacation, dammit! I like to eat grilled chicken & veggies--something light & healthy--when I come home.
  • Head to bed an hour earlier. When I'm really tired, I get kinda delirious, and it takes me a bit to wind down. Sometimes a Tylenol PM is in order, too.
  • No alcohol! You need your rest. See above.
  • Increase fluids--this could mean water, green tea, or whatever replenishing drink you prefer. This will also help after being cooped up in a plane/car/bus/train/steam trunk (just joking!)
  • If you have the time, have a Mini Spa--check out that post for pampering your whole body!
  • Exercise, even if it's a short walk. Thankfully I have a pup that makes sure of this one.
  • Take zinc--I find that once I get home, I'm more likely to get sick. Why is this? Anyone know? If your dr. allows it, take zinc to fight off colds, or take at the very first sight of one. I swear by this.
  • Breathe deeply...you made it home safely, and chances are you had a great time. Now breathe deeply and relax. Ahhhhh.
  • Sorting the mail: it'll be there tomorrow.
  • Going online, if possible. This always keeps me awake. Luckily, I didn't have internet access this past trip and was able to relax because of it (so much that I took only that 1 pic above!)
  • Folding/putting away the laundry...but that's a tip I follow every time I do laundry. Ha. Just take out the clothes voted "most likely to wrinkle" and leave the rest in the hamper.
  • Cleaning the house--see? I told you not cleaning the place beforehand would aggravate ya! Now put down the vacuum and relax.
And how do you handle Vacation Recovery?


  1. These are great tips! I love the feeling of clean sheets too! I'll have to start washing them BEFORE we leave instead of when we get back :)

  2. The not going online thing is so huge. There's no point in getting caught up in work stuff before your back in the office.

  3. Great tips girlie!!
    Hope you enjoyed your trip!

  4. Great tips and hope your nephew had a great time! I definitely like coming home to a clean place!

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  5. These are fantastic tips because it is true...you need a vacation from your vacation! I definitely try not to overeat once I return home and I feel like I have to empty my suitcase out immediately, even if I get home after midnight...so weird! Hope to see more pictures from your fabulous trip!

  6. Great Points I always clean the house and have clean sheets on the bed for when I get back. But i'm very naughty as I always go online.

  7. Love the tips! It's so true...you can get caught up in all of these little thing that seem so necessary.

  8. great post!

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  9. I'm in love with this post! What great advice.
    I'm definitely keeping this in mind for our vacation next month. Brilliant.

  10. Amen sister. I ALWAYS clean the house and make sure I have clean sheets on my bed before I leave. Soooo nice to come home too!

  11. If you ever rename your blog, you should call it "Elle Explains It All." You always have fabulous tips.


  12. oooh.. I'm loving this vacation recovery plan. I just got back from a long weekend, and I need to get it together. Nice.

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  13. Oh my gosh! What part of WV were you in? I live there!!!


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