Advice for all parents and their children to enjoy their family fun vacations more
“I’m thinking of taking my kids on our first long family vacation — is there anything special I should pack?”
Having traveled both as the child and as the parent on many family vacations, I now have one important piece of advice that will help all parents, and their children, enjoy their vacations more - a bag or backpack filled with toys and books is essential for all kids, from infants to teens!
And, except for the infants and toddlers, you must let kids decide most of what they will take with them - and give them plenty of notice so that they can put some thought into their selections.Each child should have, and be responsible for, their own bag, and our family rule is that the majority of what they wish to bring must fit in it. We like the ones that roll easily, with a handle, like a small carry-on. All the smaller items that can be readily accessed during travel should go in their bags, and some larger items could be put in the checked luggage.
When traveling by car, bring along a mesh “fun bag.” This can be filled with toys, games and books from each child’s own bag, and can be hung over a front seat.
Here are some of the items children may consider essential on any trip:
Infants and toddlers:
Pre-school/elementary school age children:
Also bring wet naps, straws, a cold pack, a miniature cooler, a flashlight and glow sticks.
For infants on formula, it is imperative to bring enough with you for the entire time away if you are traveling out of
the country - DO NOT assume that it will be available for purchase at your destination! Dry is best to pack, and should ALWAYS
be mixed with bottled water.
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