When it comes to preparing for a vacation, parents need to always consider if their little ones will be comfortable during the trip, so many of them tend to overpack than usual. Travelling with children requires more preparation, as they have shorter patience and attention span than adults. However, overpacking your items to ensure they stay put in their place is not the ideal thing to go about the situation. Moms, who are often the main person in charge of fixing the children’s luggage, are often unsure which one to bring to their upcoming trip to ensure their kids are safe and comfortable in their next destination.
Don’t worry. Here’s a post highlighting important guidelines on how what you should take with you on your next family adventure:
Only bring limited small toys
Children, often, have a particular small toy they love to play. Instead of carrying all of their toys which can easily fill your luggage, only bring selected small toys that can keep them busy during the whole journey. Avoid giving your children mobile devices, as it can make them more nauseated throughout the trip. Stick to old-fashioned toys. A social experiment featured by Daily Mail found out that toys such as Play-Doh and Lego can entertain children more than using an iPad. This was the response of Professor Robert Winstron as he found out that 60% of parents admit they fail in keeping their kids distracted for more than 30 minutes.
“Although the temptation is for parents to play a film in the hope that their child falls asleep, activity based toys, such as lego, sticker books and travel games are also a great way to keep them engaged,” said Professor Winston. “Bringing out a different toy at regular intervals is guaranteed to keep them quiet for longer than 90 minutes.”
Create a first-aid kit
Children are accident-prone and their young immune systems makes them easy targets for illnesses. It’s best to be prepared ahead of these problems by bringing your own first-aid kit to your trip. A post on how to keep kids safe while travelling mentioned a few important items moms should bring when travelling such as travel sickness tablets as kids are prone to nausea whether you are travelling by plane or by road. As an alternative, you can try acupressure wrist bands or ginger biscuits or candies to keep them in place. Avoid giving them heavy meals before your trips. It’s ideal that they eat little and often. Pack rice crackers or cereal bars that they can easily munch on from time to time. Other first-aid kit items are adhesive bandages, antiseptic liquid, aspirin, ointments, cotton.
Only pack light clothes
Same as with adults, you need to pack light clothing for your children. Even if you will be welcoming a cold weather in your desired travel destination, you do not need to carry bulky jackets for your little ones to keep them warm. The best way is to pack different light clothing that they can use as layers. It’s also easier to dry in case you need to do your laundry during your vacation. It might help to follow this six-inch military roll on how to pack t-shirts, which can save you plenty of space in your luggages, especially if you will be sharing bags with your kids.
Place a copy of itinerary in each bag
For safety purposes, you will need to place a photocopy of your complete vacation itinerary, including important details about your stay in each travel bag. This ensures travellers that their items can be returned to them in case it gets lost in transit. In fact, some parents even a place copy of their itinerary and contact info in their children’s pockets, especially if they are heading out. It’s best not to bring the original copy of your passport and itinerary when you are going outside to avoid losing any valuables. Keep it in your hotel’s locked safe or a secure location in your accommodation along with your other cash.
Of course, this will be a whole different experience if you are travelling with an infant or a toddler. Parents need to be more cautious in ensuring that their babies stay comfortable, such as booking the right seats. Good luck in your upcoming vacation, Mommies!