Are you planning on going on a trip? Wondering what to pack for your child to make your trip/vacation a success? Check out these top 5 must have items that you and your family will love!
#5 Child size suitcase
We purchased this minion suitcase from Target (click on picture for link) for Liam to take to his sleep overs at his grandparents house. This bag has come in handy and he loves to pull it on his own. It has 3 zipper compartments and a netted pouch inside. I pack both boys clothes in it for now until Bennett gets older and requests his own luggage.
#4 Gallon size Zip lock Bags
These will become your new best friend! I actually use these when packing the boys clothes. If you have an independent child like I do this process is so easy. Each bag gets an outfit plus underwear and socks (fun accessories for the girls). This makes getting ready super easy and NO FIGHTS! Children who don’t have opinions on what they wear (lucky you!) or too young like my Bennett I just pick his outfits. Because he’s under one I put all of his outfits in one zip lock. The weather is so unpredictable sometimes that I pack both outfits for warm and cold. I use 2 zip locks for the different weather clothes. Not only are the bags useful for keeping outfits together, if you release all the air from them the clothes shrink and you can get more in your suitcase. To me more is so much better! Big tip is to label your zip locks. If you are traveling with extended family, have more than one kid, or just want your husband to get your child dressed so you can finish your hair; labeling will save your life. No one can question you when it is written in sharpie! If you have a messy or potty training child always pack a bag of extra clothes.
#3 Baby wipe container
Each child gets their own container of snacks for the road. If they are old enough you can have fun and let them decorate their own container. I’m planning on having a timer on my phone letting my kids know when its time to eat a snack. My phone timer has become our way of life, we use it for everything! Knowing my son, he could eat every snack in his container in one sitting. I often let him have 2 snacks every hour and a half. We always to pack some of his favorites like nutri-grain bars, mini muffins, pretzels, and fruit snacks. I only buy the Annie’s Organic Bunny fruit snacks. They are all natural which is great for my active 3.5 year old. Red dye and sugar cause him to become very unfocused and over stimulated.
#2 Bag of Toys
Having toys is equally as important as having snacks. Whether for the car, the house your staying, or hotel; toys from home give your child a reminder of home. Being away from their environment can be stressful and make a child anxious. I always have Liam choose which toys he wants. I bring a thirty-one large utility tote to fit toys for both boys.
#1 First Aid kit
Our house has at least 4 first aid kits at our disposal. Having a husband that’s a chef who uses knives and burns his skin at least once a day we collect a lot of first aid materials. It’s always good to have this on the road for any emergency that might occur. Our kit consists of:
- band-aids (I add some fun ones for kids)
- hand sanitizer
- gauze pads
- first aid tape
- alcohol swabs
- cold packs
- antibiotic ointment
- itch relieve
- cotton pads
- saline solution
- disposable gloves
I hope this eases some of your stress when packing for your trip. Lists are always a good idea. I make mine weeks in advanced so I can slowly add more stuff as I think of it. I also give myself the entire week to pack, whether it’s because of certain laundry that has to be washed or so I’m not packing for 15 hours the night before we leave. Give yourself plenty of time and relax. Everyone knows if Mom’s stressed the whole family feels it. Take pictures, laugh, hug, enjoy this time with your family and always pray before your trip begins. Starting your trip focused on the Lord will wipe away anxiety and allow joy to enter.