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3 Easy Packing Tips for Kid's Travel
Traveling with kids can be a lot of fun - and a big challenge! To make things easier from the get-go, make sure that you help the child pack for the trip. These three packing tips for traveling with your kids will help make your trip more enjoyable and more memorable for the entire family.
1. Pack Light
When packing, think about the nature of your trip as well as what your children will be doing when you get there. Are you touring a city? Will you be exploring the forest? Will your kids need any formal attire for dinner, or is casual clothing fine for the entire trip? Think about the weather where you are going, and factor the anticipated forecast into your packing plans, too. If you are flying, check with the airport to determine any baggage restrictions and be sure that you take advantage of having each child carry on one bag with them. This carry-on bag can also be useful for trips in the car or on the bus as you can fill it with things that will keep the child happy and entertained while you travel - such as their electronic devices, notebook computer, portable DVD player, and portable versions of their favorite board games, like Travel Yahtzee, or Travel Monopoly.
2. Don't Forget the Basics
Vowing to pack light will help you to avoid the urge to pack everything but the kitchen sink. But don't skimp on the basics. This means clothing that is washable and that does not tend to wrinkle, and that goes with everything. Bring extra socks and at least two pairs of shoes per child. Don't bring along any big toys that will take up too much room in the suitcase, but make sure that everything your child wants to bring to "play with" goes in his own "carry-on" bag, even for over the road trips. If you're unsure whether you'll need a specific item and it can be bought at your destination if needed, then don't bring it. For example, if it "might" get chilly, don't bring a sweater for everyone. If it does get chilly, opt for buying everyone a souvenir sweatshirt instead. If you're staying in a hotel, call ahead to make sure they offer a crib for the baby or a cot for older kids. You can often rent a stroller at your destination, so you may not need to lug yours along.
3. Pack Smart
Now that you know what you're bringing and how much "stuff" you're going to be toting along, it's time to get packed. Pack your suitcases based on when you will use items, if possible. Items that you will need first should be on top, obviously. Roll your tee shirts, underwear and other casual items to fit in the corners of the suitcase. Pack rolled socks and belts inside shoes. Bring along some big Ziploc bags for soiled shoes and underwear, and while traveling, designate one suitcase for soiled laundry, one for clean. This will keep everything organized and ready for washing when you get home. And last of all, keep your travel documents, money, and your first aid kit in your own personal bag or diaper bag that you keep with you at all times, along with a few snacks and some coins for vending. Needless to say, don't forget to pack the diapers and wipes!
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Article by Jessica Ackerman of WallDecorandHomeAccents.com, your online metal decor store, and your top place to buy kitchen wall hangings.
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