With the onset of New year, it is also the time to travel. Now, all fellow moms would agree with the fact that the one thing that is more stressful than travelling with kids is preparing your travel packing list. If you need a village a raise a kid , then you surely need everything in the universe while packing for kids.
There is nothing that you want to leave to chance and as a result , you want to pack everything and anything that you lay your eyes on. The fact that you just might need it is what gives us mommies a sense of insecurity and urges us to pack up everything we can think of. So if you are stressing over the fact on what to pack and what not, keep these following points in mind in your travel packing list.
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Do Your Research Beforehand:
When you are travelling with kids, you need to double sure about the place you are about to visit. Start your packing list by keeping safety measures in mind specially when you are travelling alone with kids. Do a check on the temperature so that you can pack clothes appropriately. No matter, how hot the destination might be, I always keep a light jacket handy. You never know, when your little one might start to feel cold and need one. It is better to be safe than sorry hence do your homework and then start packing the things.
Make A List Of Things:
With kids there are so many things involved that at times you fear that you might miss out packing the essentials. To avoid this I prefer making a list about 10 to 15 days before the journey. I start my packing list by jotting down whatever I remember and keep on adding as and when I remember more. This is like my ready list at the time of travelling and helps me pack in all the essentials.
Choose The Bag:
Just because I am travelling with kids, does not mean that I cannot travel in style. I prefer to pick up matching and coordinated suitcases of various sizes. While I pack my essentials in the big one, I use the smaller suitcase to pack clothes for my babies. I have also seen that kids love to carry their own suitcases. So, when we are out commuting they prefer to lug their own small suitcases it makes them feel important and wanted .So while, we carry our big suitcases, I let my younger one’s push theirs . My packing list definitely have some cool bags.
Pack Enough Clothes:
When you are packing clothes for kids, you can never have enough. I follow a simple rule I carry 2 changes of clothes per day of the trip along with 3 spare sets. You never know when they need a change of clothes thanks to wetting, getting dirty in the mud or spilling milk all over. No matter what the reason might be, ensure that you carry a few spare sets of clothes with you to help you tide over unforeseen circumstances. Pack different bra types and and also a few extra under wears for emergencies.
Keep Toiletries Together:
Make a separate toiletries bag for the kids. What I prefer doing is that instead of carrying all the bottles I carry the sample pouches while travelling. This helps me travel light as well as it saves me from the trouble of cleaning the mess created by leaking bottles. I prefer carrying my mamaearth toiletries bag.
Pack ‘MY’ Essentials:
These are a few things that I must always pack with me to keep my sanity. My neck pillow and eye mask. Now, before you start to think that I am a mean mom, let me explain. With both kids leaning over me to sleep, I need my neck pillow to keep myself steady, lest I wake up my kids.
Keep Copies Of Essential Documents:
With kids around, you are always exposed to the risk of losing important documents or damaging them. The best way to avoid such scenarios is to pack essential documents in zip lock bags to protect them and also to carry multiple copies of same in case of an emergency.
Pack Things To Keep Kids Busy:
While packing for a trip ensure that you pack in some finger food for kids to eat while travelling. I prefer packing biscuits, muffins and garlic toasts. You can also go for healthy food like muri,sev and nuts. Also,in order to keep the kids occupied I always carry a busy book and my play shifu augmented reality game with me. Any packing list without basic food essentials is incomplete.
These are my tips to keep in mind while packing when travelling with kids. You can also share what are the things goes in your packing list to keep your sanity .No matter what ,enjoy your time out with the little one’s.