5 Tips for Surviving New Year’s Eve on Vacation or at Home

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Whether you plan to ring in the New Year during a hotel stay, with a night out on the town, or with family and friends at your house, here are five tips for surviving New Year’s Eve on vacation or at home.

5 Tips for Surviving New Year's Eve on Vacation or at Home (Photo credit: Colleen Lanin)

5 Tips for Surviving New Year’s Eve on Vacation or at Home (Photo credit: Colleen Lanin)

Be responsible, well, reasonably responsible.

Of course, you could choose alcohol-free drinks like sparkling cider, pink lemonade, tropical juice, or ginger beer. If you’re going to tie one on, though, be sure to drink one glass of water after every serving of alcohol. This helps to ensure you don’t get too sloppy and keeps your body hydrated. Don’t get so busy gabbing that you forget to eat either: load up on proteins from the cheese tray and carving station as well as veggies.

Don't drink and drive on New Year's Eve - splurge on a hotel or limo instead! (Photo credit: Colleen Lanin)

Don’t drink and drive on New Year’s Eve – splurge on a hotel or limo instead! (Photo credit: Colleen Lanin)

For the love of goodness, do not drink and drive.

This should go without say, right? Still, every year over 1.2 million people get arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs and sadly over 10,000 people lose their lives to drunk driving in the U.S. Either designate a sober driver (got any friends who are pregnant?!), hire a car service or limo, book a hotel, or plan to stay over at the party host’s house. Taxis can be notoriously difficult to come by after midnight on New Year’s Eve, so if you want to nab a ride home, you may need to do the countdown in the cab.

Neutrogena Makeup Removing Cleansing Towelettes make getting to bed makeup free easy on New Year's Eve or any night (All photos by Colleen Lanin besides the product image, which was found at Neutrogena.com)

NEUTROGENA Makeup Removing Cleansing Towelettes make getting to bed makeup-free easy on New Year’s Eve or any night (All photos by Colleen Lanin besides the product image, which was found at Neutrogena.com)

Make getting to bed as easy as possible.

After a late night of dancing, playing games, or watching the ball drop in Times Square, you want to wind down and start snoozing right away. Be sure to lay out jammies for all members of the family before the big par-tay. If the kids will be attending the festivities, consider putting them in their pjs beforehand and picking out books so bedtime stories are all set to go.

When it’s time to turn in, use NEUTROGENA Makeup Removing Cleansing Towelettes to remove your fancy party makeup in one swipe. Then you can dive into dreamland, makeup free. (Why, yes, that IS me without makeup in the right bottom picture in the collage above. Oy.)

Taking off makeup every day can be a hassle. Many removers do not fully remove product, leaving traces of makeup that can cause clogged pores and breakouts. NEUTROGENA Cleansing Makeup Remover Towelettes are ultra soft cloths that gently dissolve all traces of makeup, even waterproof mascara and long-lasting extended wear makeup, for clean, fresh skin in one easy step. These Towelettes easily fit into a rollaboard suitcase for travel and would make a great addition to any trip. (Full disclosure: NEUTROGENA sent me a pack of their incredible Makeup Removing Cleansing Towelettes for purposes of this sponsored post.)

Start your New Year off right with a hike (Photo credit: Colleen Lanin)

Start your New Year off right with a hike (Photo credit: Colleen Lanin)

Feel good on New Year’s Day.

There’s no time like the present to kick those New Year’s resolutions into high gear, so lace up your gym shoes and head out to explore the town if traveling, or go for a walk or run through your neighborhood if you’re celebrating the New Year at home this holiday season.

Just in case you wind up getting a little carried away on New Year’s Eve, be sure to stock up on electrolyte beverages to ease any dehydration, queasiness and headache the next day.  Hangovers are caused by lack of liquids and nutrients that your body needs, so keep that in mind when you’re tempted to order that pizza or dig in to that box of doughnuts. Start your year off right by making healthy food choices and taking a vitamin. Go ahead and sip that coffee or tea to get up and at ’em. Although they act as diuretics, it’s a myth that these breakfast drinks cause dehydration.

Sleep in on New Year's Day (Photo credit: Colleen Lanin)

Sleep in on New Year’s Day (Photo credit: Colleen Lanin)

Make sleeping-in a reality.

Staying up to ring in the New Year can be particularly painful for parents of children who wake up with the sun every day. To avoid an early morning wake up call, get your kids’ breakfast ready on New Year’s Eve. Staying in a hotel? Order room service to be delivered at a pre-set time in the morning. Partying at home? Put bowls of cereal on the table, pre-measured cups of milk in the fridge, and a Happy New Year note with instructions for the kids to watch TV, eat breakfast and leave mommy and daddy alone!

Celebrate the holidays with friends and family (Photo credit: Colleen Lanin)

Celebrate the holidays with friends and family (Photo credit: Colleen Lanin)

No matter how you celebrate, we at Travel Mamas want to wish you and yours a very happy and safe New Year!

How will you be celebrating New Year’s Eve this year? Let us know in the comments below! 

A Note from The Travel Mama: This post brought to you in partnership with NEUTROGENA. All opinions are my own, as always.

About Colleen Lanin

Colleen Lanin is the founder/editor-in-chief of TravelMamas.com. As the author of her book, "The Travel Mamas' Guide," she teaches parents not only how to survive a trip with children, but also how to love exploring the world with their offspring. Her stories have appeared online and in print for such outlets as the "Today" show, NBCNews.com, Parenting Magazine, Orlando Sentinel, Chicago Tribune, Expedia, San Diego Family Magazine, and more. Colleen gives tips on television, radio, and as a public speaker. She has a master’s degree in business administration with a background in marketing. She lives in Arizona with her husband and two kids.

  1. love the laid out PJ’s and a morning walk the day after! Done and done!

  2. http://JENNIFER%20HUMORA says

    We are going to a neighbor’s house…no drinking or driving and easy to get home (and in bed!) quickly. I love makeup remover towelettes for any night 🙂

    • http://Colleen%20Lanin,%20The%20Travel%20Mama says

      Jennifer – We always celebrate with a game night with neighbors. No need to be out on the roads on NYE!

  3. My husband’s birthday happens to be New Year’s Eve, so we always have two reasons to celebrate! Someday, my kids will be old enough that we can hit the town. But for this season, we enjoy snacks and drinks at home and are in bed at precisely 12:01am 🙂

    • http://Colleen%20Lanin,%20The%20Travel%20Mama says

      Sara – I actually really love hanging out with friends and family on New Year’s Eve. Going out for NYE always seems like a big hassle. Enjoy your night in with the littles!

  4. http://Jody%20Robbins,%20The%20Saucy%20Travel%20Mama says

    These are great tips. I’m going to take the make up remover wipes from out of my car (don’t ask) and into my bathroom. Love the rec for making sleeping in a reality. Good stuff!

    • http://Colleen%20Lanin,%20The%20Travel%20Mama says

      Love the idea of keeping Neutrogena Makeup Removing Cleansing Towelettes in the car. They’d be great on airplanes and camping trips, too!

  5. http://Lisa%20Goodmurphy says

    These are great tips! Sadly, my kids are now able to stay up much later than I am. Perhaps I should have them get my breakfast ready before they go to bed and then I can let them sleep in on New Year’s Day! 😉

    • http://Colleen%20Lanin,%20The%20Travel%20Mama says

      Lisa – LOL! I think that should be a requirement—your kids getting New Year’s Day breakfast all prepped for Mom!

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