I am a podcast-aholic, and one of my favorite podcasts to listen to is Happier with Gretchen Rubin. I think Gretchen Rubin is brilliant, and she’s also very relatable so it’s always fun to listen to her podcast.
She has a special “Travel Hacks” podcast episode that she recorded back in August where listeners from all over the world chimed in with some of their best tips and tricks for travel. It is chuck full of fabulous ideas to make your traveling experiences even better! I’m going to share a few of my favorite hacks from the episode, but I highly recommend listening to the episode for all of the great tips.
Here are a few of my favorite travel hacks from the podcast:
Order groceries online. I thought this was so smart. Basically, to save money and time, go ahead and order your groceries before your trip or even while you’re traveling. Then just go and pick them up, and voila, your food is taken care of. Then you have more time to enjoy your vacation.
Put a colorful strip of duct tape on all your luggage. That way it’s easy to tell which luggage is yours. Brilliant. (I’ve seen people use ribbons too.)
Pack your nice clothes in a dry cleaner bag. This helps prevent wrinkles. The next time you get something back from the dry cleaners, just save the bag and it’s ready to go for your next trip!
If you’re anxious while traveling,look for ways to be kind to others along the way (like in the airport) to distract yourself from your own traveling stress. So smart!
Every summer for the last few years my little family has gone to visit Jackson Hole. We love going there because of the fun atmosphere, the extreme beauty, and also all of the fun things you can do as a family…for FREE! (We’re all about cheap or free fun in our family;). Let me share a few of our favorite free activities to do in Jackson Hole…
One place we always stop at when we go to Jackson Hole is Phil Baux Park. We LOVE this park! It’s the perfect place for a picnic and just to take a rest and soak up the scenery. The reason why we love this park is because it’s different from any other park we’ve ever been to (and we’ve been to a lot of parks!). The coolest feature of this park is the rock wall that is open for anyone to use. It’s basically a couple of giant “rocks” with footholds and handholds all over them. It is legitimately challenging and it’s a fun for kids and adults alike. Both my kids and my husband have a lot of fun rock climbing there.
We also love that this park has a covered pavilion and plenty of picnic tables and shade. We usually bring a picnic lunch and there’s always a good spot for us to eat it. My kids also enjoy the fun playground and swings. I love that the park is nestled right next to Snow King Mountain which is absolutely breath taking, and the view is unbeatable. If you like hiking, Snow King even has a 2 mile trail to the top which looks really fun to try, but very steep. When our kids get a little older we’re definitely going to hike to the top. #Goals. If you go to Jackson Hole, for sure check out this park!
This fish hatchery is just up the road from the Flat Creek Inn, a little ways outside of Jackson Hole. The cool thing about this place, beside the fact that it’s free, is that it’s educational and hands on. You can tour the hatchery and see some of the 200,000 Snake River Trout in different stages of development. This is something that young kids will love. It’s fun to get so close to the fish and see how they look as tadpoles and as full sized trout in the many many tanks inside the hatchery. There are some volunteers that guide you through the facility and educate you about the fish and what happens to the fish when they are full grown. I was really impressed with the volunteers that led our group. They had enthusiasm and passion for what they were doing, and they were volunteering all the way from Florida!
Another neat thing about the hatchery is that right outside the facility is the Sleeping Indian Pond where the public is allowed to fish. They suggest that it’s especially great for young kids or “first time anglers.” It’s a beautiful pond with a gorgeous view. It’s great for bird watching, wild life citing, and scenic photography. My family enjoyed going to the hatchery and we’ll probably go there again.
This is obviously a must see if you have never been to Jackson before. It’s a fun place to walk around and see the western vibe of Jackson Hole that makes it so unique. There are the iconic antler arches (you must get a picture of your family standing under these!). There are many fun shops nearby and you’ll see old-fashioned horse drawn carriages going past. It’s a good place to people watch and just sit and catch your breath for a second! But, the one thing you must do on Town Square is go to the shoot out! They do this every night in the Summer (except Sundays) at 6:00PM. It will get your heart a racin’! Your kids will definitely get a kick out of seeing this fun (and family friendly) shoot out! Oh, and did I mention that it’s free? Why yes, it is!
So there are a few great places to go if you’re looking for some free family fun in Jackson Hole Wyoming! Good luck on your adventures and please post in the comments any other places you’ve found in Jackson Hole that are free and fun for the whole family…we’re always looking for more!
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