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The Perfect Vacation Countdown Ideas

I love summer, even despite the Phoenix heat, because summer to me means time for vacations and creating those lifelong memories that bond families. One fun way to keep up the excitement for your upcoming vacation is by counting down to the big day!

I’m all about hanging up countdowns, checklists, and to-dos right where it’s easy to see everyday and remind me of what I’m working towards. In this case, I took these adorable free summer destination printables and turned them into these unique vacation countdown ideas!

I received compensation and samples for this post. All opinions are my own. 

Summer Vacation Countdown Ideas

Getting ready for a big vacation calls for this fun color-in countdown that will get you excited and help you check off your travel to-do list! Color in a section each day or week as you gear up to your next exciting adventure! Great for mom or the kids to visually see how much time is left until your trip.

First things first for vacation planning, is narrowing your list of amazing destinations to just one (or a couple that are close in proximity). Once you’ve settled on your vacation spot, the rest of the planning is all downhill from there.

Our favorite destinations for family vacations are the trips we’ve taken to California; Orlando, Florida; and Mexico! There are so many amazing places to visit, but those tend to be great options with kids of all ages and they’re close enough to be inexpensive. East coast families can opt for Florida while west coast families can pick California.

Summer Vacation Countdown

Your destination is set in stone, find or create a cute coloring page to use for your travel countdown. I used this free printable set illustrated by Evelyn Henson, Staples Summer Coloring Book.

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You can grab the free printable Staples Summer Coloring Book on their Prismacolor landing page. Just click the top banner and your PDF coloring book will open in a new tab. This adorable coloring book includes top destinations including:

  • Spain
  • New York
  • Paris
  • Mexico
  • Italy
  • England
  • China
  • California
  • and 7 general summer themes to fill-in your own summer plans!

Summer Vacation Countdown

When you’ve picked out your favorite printable (or two or three) just print out the pages you’d like on regular printer paper or cardstock. Now, you’ll want to hang up your trip countdown somewhere you’ll see it daily. That could be an office space, the front of your fridge, in your bathroom, or wherever it makes the most sense for your family.

You can then fill in important tasks and to-dos to your chart to help with your planning. Such as:

  • 6 weeks: Book flights
  • 5 weeks: Book hotel
  • 4 weeks: Book activities
  • 3 weeks: Confirm trip schedule
  • 2 weeks: Rent a car
  • 1 week: Start packing your packs
  • 1 day before: Check-in to your flight

Summer Vacation Printable Countdown

Of course, your tasks and checklist may be completely different then my ideas. Breaking down the responsibilities throughout the week will keep up that excitement for your trip as well!

Finally, take a little bit of time each day or each week to color in your vacation countdown printable to show your progress and how much time has elapsed. When you’re filling in your chart, turn to Prismacolor!

They offer a premium line of art products including colored pencils, watercolor pencils, and the tools you’ll need to make beautiful creations, or simply unwind with a fun coloring page. This countdown will be such a beautiful, visual, way to see how much time you have left until your fun family trip you have been planning and saving for.

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Coloring is a wonderful way to spend a little time in the evening after a stressful day tending to the kids or spent at work that can help you de-stress and relax. You can score 20% off all regular-priced Prismacolor products at Staples now through 7/31/2016 with the coupon code 51563.

Where are your summer travels taking you? 


Friday 29th of July 2016

This is such a fun idea! Thanks for linking up with our Merry Monday party!


Thursday 28th of July 2016

I love this idea and I've always loved to colour. Hopefully I'll be taking a vacation in the near future and will be able to use this.


Thursday 28th of July 2016

These are so great. My oldest loves coloring and having a nice set of pencils is a must.


Thursday 28th of July 2016

Fun!! Thank you so much for sharing at Thoughts of Home on Thursday. We are glad to have your talent here. :)

Liz Mays

Thursday 28th of July 2016

I love the idea of coloring it a bit each week until it's fully finished and it's time to go. Cute idea from Staples!

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