Today – Family travelpack 101 – the most useful holiday stuff you need for your packing sheet
Remember when you could sling some clothes and a toothbrush into a bag and head off somewhere exciting? I’m betting that was before kids, right? Now holiday packing can turn into a military operation, particularly during those first few years with young kids.
Luckily you’re not the first to try to squeeze half the house into the back a family hatchback. Many parents have braved this before you and figured out how to make packing for a holiday easier and what you need that you might not have thought of. Here are some recommendations from a few of my favourite parenting bloggers:
- I bring clothes pegs not just for the mass hand washing but to seal half finished large bags of crisps. Jenny – Mum of One
- A roll of tinfoil and some masking tape to black out the window in the kids bedroom. Kirsty – The Mummysphere
- My gp prescribes antibiotics that I can take with me because Erin always gets ill! Ear infections are common from swimming. Emma – Emma & 3
- I always take tea bags and uht milk sticks. Invariably we land late at night, or first thing in the morning and I NEED a cuppa before hitting the supermarket. I even do it when we go to a hotel in the UK as there are never enough! – Tanya – Mummy Barrow
- Cross packing – so you put some of each persons clothes in a different suitcase so if one goes missing it’s not a disaster. Also zip lock bags for damp swimmers / toothbrushes etc. Kate – Mums Online
- On long car journeys we take a small bucket & a supply of nappy bags which we use as a sick bucket. Helen – The Crazy Kitchen
- The blue shoe covers you get when spectating at swimming lessons are handy for putting over the bottom of shoes. Penny – Parentshaped
- Matches because we always need them for candles, cookers and barbecues etc. Emma – Bavarian Sojourn
- I always carry pistachios, a little protein hit for my veggie kids if all else fails. Becky – Eat Simply
- Lots of different colored plastic bags to sort everyone’s clothes and dirty washing. Maggy – Red Ted Art
So there’s our Travelpack 101. What advice would you add? Do leave us a comment. Also, don’t forget to check out my tips for making car journeys with kids fun.