Michelle Cusolito: Travel Tuesdays: Top 10 Items to Pack When Traveling With Children.
From: Polliwog on Safari
July 24, 2012 at 09:00AM
I’ve blogged about travel with children before. One previous post focused on my Top 10 Tips while another more general post encouraged you to consider your family’s travel needs before booking a trip.
Today I’ll focus on the top items to pack.
- Snacks. Nuts, dried fruit, and pretzels are portable, nutritious, and filling. If you have a long plane or train trip, fresh fruit or carrot sticks help keep kids hydrated and satiated.
- Cooler back-pack. This is one of the best investments we’ve made. We pack it full of healthy snacks for the plane ride and carry it with us when we’re out and about in our new location. It also helps us carry cold food back to our apartment/hotel when it’s blazing hot out.
- Small packs of travel tissues. They can serve as napkins, tissues or toilet paper. Many parts of the world don’t supply toilet paper as a matter of course. You’ll be glad you have them!
- Hand sanitizer/wipes. I’m not encouraging you to be obsessive about using these. Washing your hands with warm soap and water is always the best option. But, let’s face it… when you’re on the road and your kids are suddenly, “starving,” a sink may not be available.
- Sleep masks/ear plugs. This helps with sleeping on planes and trains. It also helps when changing time zones- you may need to catch a few zzzz’s during the day when a city is noisy.
- Ziploc bags. They are infinitely useful for storing leftovers, packing snacks, packing leaky items, etc.
- Items to help with popping ears on airplanes– gum or chewy foods for older kids, bottles, pacifiers, or lollipops for younger ones. (Breastfeeding is also helpful, but is often not possible because airlines require babies to be in a car seat or otherwise belted to an adult in an inconvenient position during take-offs/landings).
- First aid kit/ typical medicines children often need: acetaminophen, antibiotic cream, bandages, antihistamine, hydro cortisone. On our most recent trip, we brought quick dissolve Benadryl, and boy were we glad we had it when a need arose!
- Small flashlights/headlamps. These come in handy for so many reasons. There are lots of small, portable models available.
- A small journal, colored pencils, and double-sided tape. Have the kids record their experiences and tape in ticket stubs, etc. This isn’t necessary, of course, but I encourage you to consider making journals part of all of your trips.