Wednesday, April 25, 2007

Thursday Thirteen

Since we are on the subject of packing tips I thought I would share my list of "must have" items to pack for a trip with the kids. After packing up all the essential items (clothing, toiletries, prescriptions, etc...) you may want to add the items on this list. Obviously it is not a comprehensive list of everything you need on your next family vacation--just some of the items that I have found came in handy:
1. Ziploc Baggies-- I put these first because they really come in handy. They are great for storing items that leak, soiled clothing, snacks and so much more.
2. Binoculars-Kids love to get a better view of things. Pack a miniature pair to save space.
3. Wet wipes-Even if your kids are out of diapers these will most likely come in handy to wipe sticky hands and faces.
4. Floatation Devices -If you are staying somewhere with a pool and your little ones don't swim you will be glad you packed them.
5. Sunscreen--We prefer the spray on variety. Don't forget protective lip balm while your at it. Nothing ruins a vacation faster than a bad sunburn.
6. Snacks - Pack enough non-perishable snacks for the entire trip. Avoid anything that can be easily squished or messy.
7. Rain Ponchos and travel sized umbrellas-Why let a little rain spoil your plans?
8. Stainstick or other stain remover-Stains are bound to happen--why let them set in until the end of your trip?
9. Wrinkle Release Spray- Your clothes are going to wrinkle. This may save you from having to iron.
10.Small toys or travel games-Keep the kids busy. I may do a separate 13 on ideas for this. Stay tuned...
11.Favorite blanket or stuffed animal (for bedtime)-It is hard to sleep in a strange place. This familiar item will relieve some of the anxiety associated with traveling.
12. Medical kit: -Thermometer, Neosporin, Band Aids, Children's Tylenol, any prescription medication
13. Cereal or Breakfast bars--This is a great money and time saver. Plan on eating in your hotel room. Don't forget the plastic spoons.
Have anymore great items that I forgot to include on this packing list? Leave me a comment and let me know.

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Sheelagh said...

Great tips! I do a lot of traveling and always make sure to pack my clothes in sweater storage bags. It makes it easier to unpack and keeps things sorted and separated (in case something in the med kit spills).


The Crazy King of Clowns said...


nice list!

My TT's up tto :)

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Ingrid said...

those are all helpful tips!!! i should use that list when i pack for our trip this weekend!!! :) great list!

Always Jen said...

Great travel tips! Our family can't live without wet wipes! I will still be buying these when I'm 80! They are great stain removers - even on carpet and upholstery!

I'm Toni. said...

Very complete list (of course, it doesn't cover what to do when you arrive at your destination with carp juice on your belongings, but hey that's for the dry cleaning experts to figure out; see my TT for clarification).
(who was raised in and worked in the airline industry for man years)

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