As I pack for our Fourth of July vacation, I figured I would share some of my packing and traveling tips and tricks with kids.
I am the mom that over packs, and constantly thinks “what if this happens, I will need this and this”. The likely hood of that ‘what if event’ even happening is slim to none. I have since then tried to pack smart and reasonable.
These are just some packing and traveling tips and tricks that I have learned along the way. I personally have found easier for me and my family.
Pack 2 pairs of clothes per child for each day we are gone. That includes travel days. You never know when there may be accidents, or spills and messes from eating.
Roll each outfit together including shirt and pants and underwear for the kids. That way if dad is getting them dressed everything is right there for dad. I always have extra hair ties, sometimes I will use them to keep the outfit rolled if I need to.
Packing diapers in a Ziploc bag keeps them organized and you easily know which ones you are grabbing for. I like to have three Ziploc bags, one for regular diapers, one for nighttime diapers, and one for swim diapers.
Bring the comfort from home with you on your vacation. My kids are obsessed with specific blankets so those are a must to come with us. My son still sleeps in his dockAtot so I always bring that with. If he is sleeping in something that he is familiar with then hopefully he sleeps better.
I never even thought about a first aid kit until my daughter took a spill at the lake. I felt like a horrible mom, because I had nothing but a bottle of water to clean it out. Now I carry around a small first aid kit because these kids are always falling and scrapping knees.
Pack a day or two in advance. I have waited till the day of, or hours before we wanted to leave to pack and stress myself out. Then I am completely overwhelmed and end up forgetting something. It is not fun, learn from my mistakes!
While traveling via the car I always have a separate bag handy with a few diapers, wipes, and clothes. That way if we have to pull over, I don’t have to dig through the packed trunk for anything. My daughter is potty trained, but I always put a pull up on her for long car rides.
Keeping the car garbage free while traveling is always my goal. That’s one less thing you have to clean when you get home. I use an empty reusable cereal container, with a grocery bag on the inside as a trash can.
Kids travel best with lots of snacks and drinks. A small bag with toddler friendly snacks and a small cooler with water bottles is always good to have handy.
My kids are still young that they sometimes need to be distracted during the drive. The Melissa and Doug water wow coloring pages are my daughters favorite. Or a new barbie from the dollar store will keep her busy for an hour or so. I keep these toys just for the car ride, so they are not already burnt out from playing with them.
When you arrive at where you are staying, whether that is a hotel or families house UNPACK. Seriously, unpack you will feel so much better if you put all your stuff in a few drawers or just line it up on top of the dresser. Also, when it is time to head home and pack up, I always put all the dirty clothes in one duffel bag and all the clean clothes in another duffel bag. That way nothing gets stinky on the way home and unpacking is so much easier