A good rule to follow is to spring the news about an upcoming trip no more than one hour prior to departure for every year of your child’s life.
For example: never tell a three year-old child about an upcoming trip more than three hours in advance. Otherwise, prepare to spend the next month or two explaining why it is not possible for you to swing by Nevada, pick up his cousins and head to Disneyland on the way home from preschool.
If your child is named Max, also be prepared to provide detailed descriptions of all hotel swimming pools you may encounter several weeks from now, including, but not limited to, the numbers on the side of the pool , water temperature, and whether or not there will be other kids there. Also be prepared for your child named Max to fill a backpack full of markers without their caps, dried bits of PlayDoh, and a brand new winter parka from Hanna Andersson, as he packs for the trip.
The one hour per year of life guideline may also prove useful in months featuring holidays featuring ninja costumes, poking pumpkins with butter knives, and demanding candy from your neighbors.
IT. IS. NOT. (NOT!!) HALLOWEEN YET.
(Please stop asking.)