10 Things You Shouldn’t Leave Behind When Traveling on Vacation
The hardest part of getting ready for a family vacation is trying to decide what you need to bring with you and what you can leave behind at home. Getting your things ready is difficult enough, but packing for kids can take your anxiety to a whole new level. Vacations are supposed to be relaxing, and packing can be too if you keep it simple. Whether you are heading on a weekend getaway or a trip abroad, the 10 space-saving travel essentials below are all you need to pack to get your vacation off to a great start without stressing out.
1. Useful Clothes
Outfits that are packed just in case, rarely see the outside of the suitcase. Instead of bringing along your family’s entire wardrobe, focus on packing clothes that you know you are going to need.
Bring along any medications that cannot be replaced while you are away including prescriptions, allergy pills and any medicine that is not widely available at your destination. Also, think about bug spray or other good pest control precautions if traveling and spending time outdoors.
3. Favorite Toy
To keep your kids happy, ask them to pick one toy to bring along on your family trip. For younger children, pack any toys that calm them down in stressful situations. For example, familiar blankets and stuffed animals are perfect for toddlers who can get upset by crowds or unfamiliar surroundings.
4. Portable First Aid Kit
In case of unexpected cuts and bruises, keep a tiny first aid kit on hand for a quick fix on the go.
5. Baby Supplies
If you have young children, there is no question that you are going to need baby supplies while you travel. Diapers, baby food and other baby must-haves are available in convenient travel packs for shorter trips. Use a separate tote bag to keep your baby supplies organized on long-distance getaways.
6. Practical Shoes
Look for shoes that can be used for different occasions and appropriate for your destination. For example, bring a pair of non-slip sneakers for both hiking and exploring instead of packing two pairs of hiking boots and casual sandals.
7. Multifunctional Gadgets
Opt for gadgets that serve multiple purposes. If your phone has Internet access, leave your computer at home.
If you had to pick one thing that your family cannot travel without, it would probably be paperwork. Put all of your passports, visas, tickets and anything else you need to travel in one easily accessible place.
9. Multipurpose Storage Bags
Plastic bags can make it a lot easier to stay organized while you are away. Use them for snacks, baby food and separating dirty laundry from clean clothes.
10. Pen and Paper
You never know when you might need to fill out paperwork or quickly jot down tips, directions and phone numbers.
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