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Summer is all about getting together with friends and family, so if you’re planning your next group getaway, there are some things you may want to keep in mind. Travel journalist Oneika Raymond has seven tips she swears by. Check them out below!

Make it collaborative

From pinning down travel dates to researching activities and lodging, all parties should be involved, aware, and have a say in planning your group getaway. Create a Google Doc or profile on Travefy that allows for collaborative planning; assign roles and tasks in the early stages so everyone knows what they’re responsible for organizing/booking/researching.

Discuss goals and budgets

Make sure budgets and interests align, figure out how payments for activities/dinners/accommodations will work, and make sure that each lovely lady or lad gives their blessing before any big ticket purchases or commitments are made. Keep in mind everyone doesn’t have to do everything together, be it lodging or meals.

Coordinate packing

There’s nothing worse than feeling like the ugly duckling in a group full of swans. Make sure everyone’s on the same page with regards to wardrobe.

Cut down on luggage with a group packing list

Leave most of your hardware at home to avoid overpacking. Ask each person in your getaway group to bring beauty products/electronics you can share (think body lotion, shampoo, face wash, hair straighteners, speakers, laptops, etc…)

Share photos via WhatsApp

Figure out who has the best camera in your group, use that device for the majority of your images, and have that person/those people share them in a WhatsApp group you would have created in advance of the trip. This group is also great for keeping abreast of everyone’s whereabouts throughout the day.

Establish a code when you go out

“Mates before dates?” or every (wo)man for himself herself? Discuss the rules of engagement before heading out for a night on the town– particularly the sleeping arrangements should your roomie with meet someone they’re interested in bringing home. Drinking? Determine who will be designated driver/sober voice of reason.

Be flexible—especially with timing

Only schedule one to two major activities a day— you WILL move more slowly as a group. Plan an itinerary that leaves time and space for all eventualities.