Andrew’s family has been in Atlanta this week, and in celebration of his niece’s birthday, we all went to the zoo. We had such a nice time, and I had lots of opportunities to practice using my new camera!
|The elephants were some of my favorite animals we saw today.|
|The tiger was BEAUTIFUL.|
|There were two pandas at the zoo when we were there, and both of them were sleeping.|
|A super weird looking bear… His tongue was like two feet long.|
|They are snuggling!|
|Otters are some of my favorite zoo animals.|
|Andrew with his niece.|
|Do you see the baby?! How awesome is that?!|
|LOVE the colors on this thing!|
|This little guy must have been tired… He kept yawning!|
|The birthday girl… Turned four today.|
While Andrew’s family has been here, we’ve done a lot of little day trips with them. They came to Atlanta to spend some time with us, but also to see the sites. I came up with a list of essentials that I think you need if you are going to be away from home all day. This list is appropriate for gals without children who are spending the day with their husband, family, or other grown-up friends. If you have kids, I’m sure this list is not extensive enough to meet your needs!
1. Camera. Unless you are going somewhere that definitely does not allow cameras or photography, I would say this is a must.
2. Snacks. If you have PCOS, bringing your own snacks is 100% essential. I love KIND bars! They are portable, and easy to eat on the go.They even make several variations with very low sugar… 4-5 grams! These are my favorite low-sugar variety. They also contain cinnamon, which is a PCOS superfood! They also contain lots of nutrients versus other foods that contain many empty calories. It is important that, if you are only going to have a snack or two over the course of several hours, that it be as nutrient-dense as possible. You also want to make sure that it contains equal parts protein and carbs. Remember that eating the wrong snack will leave you feeling tired and in need of a nap, it will make it difficult for you to focus, and it could even make you moody! Even if you do not have PCOS, bringing your own snacks is a great idea, because snacks at “touristy” places (zoos, museums, aquariums, even malls) can be expensive. Not to mention unhealthy.
3. Water. I consider this an essential even if you are not going to be outdoors, but it is especially important if you are going to outside for any significant length of time, particularly in the summer heat. When Andrew and I know that we are going to be gone all day, we bring this bottle with us, filled with ice water. This helps us remember to drink water throughout the day, and it also saves us money because we are not buying drinks.
4. Hand sanitizer. When we went to the zoo, the bathrooms were absolutely filthy. I wanted to touch as little as possible while I was in there, so using the sink to wash my hands was just not an option; thus, the hand sanitizer was a must-have. When we were at the aquarium, the bathrooms were clean, but the line was constantly out the door. In order to get to the sink I would have had to push and fight my way through a crowd of people. Again, the hand sanitizer came in quite handy! I like this kind, because it’s cheap and smells nice!
5. Cell phone. I guess this one goes without saying for most people, but I am terrible about forgetting my phone when I leave the house! It is important to have it just in case you get lost from your husband or group.
6. Lip moisturizer. This is especially needed if you are going to be spending an extended amount of time outside. Both the hot sun in the summer and the cold air in the winter can be hard on your lips. You hate to be distracted from the sites by peeling, dry, painful lips! I like something that is tinted, and has SPF, like this.
7. A small tube of sunscreen. Again, this is only needed if you are going to be outside for a long time. Otherwise, put some on gain, this is only needed if you are going to be outside for a long time. Otherwise, put some on before you leave the house, but don’t bother bringing it out with you. I like Neutrogena, because it does not make my skin feel slimy or sticky.
8. Sunglasses. Sunglasses are another item that can be left at home or in the car if you are going to be indoors most of the day. But if you are going to be outside a lot, you NEED these!
9. A small wad of cash. You don’t want to bring an excessive amount of money with you, but it is nice to have some cash on hand in case you need it for parking, or in case you are anything like me and decide you want a diet lemonade from Chick-fil-A after a long day out-and-about!
10. As small of a bag as possible. Again, I know if you have kids, a small purse may not really be an option, but if you don’t, then leave your huge tote behind. You do not want to be weighed down by it, or tied down to it all day. Bring something just big enough to fit a small wad of cash, your phone, a couple snacks, lip moisturizer, sunscreen, and hand sanitizer into. You can wear your sunglasses on top of your head, or hang them on your shirt if you need them.
Enlist your hubby to carry the camera and water bottle!