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FAMILY ROAD TRIP: WHAT TO PACK WHEN TRAVELING WITH YOUR LITTLE ONE

Traveling can be a very stressful ordeal, especially if you’re traveling with someone other than yourself. Many families know the struggle of traveling with little ones and the unique challenges it brings. However, it can still be a very enjoyable experience for the entire family. To ensure that your trip runs as smoothly as possible, here are some things that you should bring along with you as you travel.

#1: Safety Kits

First Aid Kit

When traveling in a car or on a plane, you won’t have your medicine cabinet with you. Most airplanes have first aid kits on board, and you’re also allowed to bring certain types of medications on board with you. Of course in your own car, you have fewer restrictions. Make sure to purchase or create a simple first-aid kit with bandaids, gauze, an antiseptic, anti-itch cream, antibiotic ointment, and anything else you may need in particular, including prescription medications.

Emergency Roadside Kit

If you’re traveling by car, you’ll want to be prepared for anything unexpected. An emergency roadside kit should contain all of the basic tools and equipment in the event that your car breaks down on the side of the road. It should include things like jumper cables, a flashlight, reflective triangles, and a simple tool kit. You should also make sure that you have a spare tire, jack, and wheel wrench as well.

#2: Cleaning and Sanitary Supplies

Parents of little ones know how messy traveling can get. Depending on how old your kids are, your cleaning kit may look a little different. However, it’s beneficial for all families (and individuals) to keep grocery bags in their cars to use as trash bags. This will come in handy when your kids are snacking on the go. Other helpful items to have are:

  • Hand sanitizer
  • Paper napkins
  • Tissue
  • Wipes

Another good tip is to bring along cleaning supplies for your car, in case one of your kids gets sick or has an accident.

#3: Clothes, Snacks, and Entertainment

Depending on where you’re traveling, your car trip can be short and sweet, or it can be really long. Younger (and older) kids tend to get antsy on long car rides, so you’ll want to bring along items to keep them busy. Bring your child’s favorite toy, some books, and maybe even an age-appropriate tablet for them to watch TV and/or listen to music on. Snacks are also a good idea because young kinds tend to eat small meals often.

Another thing to keep in mind when going on a family adventure is weather appropriate clothing. Bring along rain jackets/boots and an umbrella in case it rains, and also pack heavier coats if it’s going to get cold at your destination. Younger children are also likely going to need an extra (in addition to what’s already packed in the suitcase) change of clothes.

#4: Important Documents

Last but not least, you’re going to need some official documents when traveling along the road with your family. First you’re going to need your driver’s license, as it is illegal to operate a vehicle without one. You’re also going to need your car registration information and proof of auto insurance— which is also required to drive on the roads in the U.K. and in 48 out 50 states in the U.S. These are all basic documents that every driver knows that he or she must have, but we can forget sometimes.

Depending on where you live and where/how you and your family are traveling, you may also need a passport. Passports are generally used when traveling overseas to foreign countries, but they may also be required when driving into a different country. For example, U.S. residents may have a passport card when driving into Canada, but will need a regular passport when flying overseas. These are just two of the different types of passports.

Hopefully having all of these items with you will make your travels a little less stressful. One last tip that may make your entire vacation less stressful is to stay in a vacation rental as opposed to a hotel. Vacation rentals feel more like a home, which can be less stressful for some families. Some rentals may even include a washer and dryer, meaning that you won’t have to pack as many clothes for your kids. This will allow you to travel lighter, which will leave room for you to pack these other useful items.

Thank you for reading.


 

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