Tips For Packing Kids when Traveling

The Novotny’s are learning to pack less and less these days – Airlines are now charging per bag and that can add up quickly with a family of 7, traveling in the car can get a bit crazy when we over load the car and we have to put luggage under our feet and even on our laps . So, the best way to save money and to travel more comfortably is to PACK LESS. Earlier this week on 24/7 MOMS Live we were Chat-tin it up about Traveling with kids and here are some of the GREAT ideas we shared.

Crushable duffel bag into an outside zippered compartment on my largest suitcase, and we have yet to return home without using it. If I check my bag and it happens to be over the weight limit, I just take out the duffel and transfer some of my belongings into it so I can avoid the penalty. Other times, we use it to bring back souvenirs that we bought on vacation.

If you’re going to check your child’s car seat, know that (a) it will usually be counted as an extra bag and (b) the baggage-handling machines at airports can really be rough them up. Pack into a duffel bag. As a bonus, we can store an extra supply of baby gear—diapers, wipes, etc.

Use Rubbermaid storage bin with a snap close lid for each member of the family. Line bins up outside of camper and leave them there. The bins are weatherproof and bug proof when shut all the way. Now there’s no need to keep running in and out of the camper all the time for a forgotten hat, dry socks, or towels. Bonus is the extra room inside the camper.

Resist your children’s pleas to allow high-tech gadgetry at your camp. You’ll give them the gift of being able to entertain themselves without their TV, Game Boy, laptop, or iPod. They will learn how much fun it is to just talk, play cards and board games, and get lost in their own thoughts. And best of all, they will be able to truly tune into nature.

Travel Bag- design a bag for travel only. Keep and storage travel items inside for ease of packing. Keep a Ziploc bag of crayons and mini-markers, coloring and activity books. Handi-wipes, hand sanitizer, tissues, buy trial sizes our doubles of your shampoo, body wash, toothpaste, contact lens solution, deodorant, lotion, and so on for your toiletry bag. Don’t forget a hairbrush, toothbrush, tweezers, and mini first-aid and sewing kits.

Use a gallon-size Ziploc bag for anything like makeup or medication that needs to be unpacked when you get home. Your fully-stocked toiletry bag can stay right in your luggage for your next trip.

Roll and GO: Instead of folding clothing items, roll them into tube shapes, then stack them. Your clothes will fit far more neatly, they’ll rarely wrinkle, you can fit far more in, and even kids can help pack with this method.

Less is More-avoid taking too much stuff on vacation, lay everything out then try to pack only half of the items.

Pack each child a backpack with things to do, snacks, their favorite blankie and even a change of clothes for flying or car travel.

Surprise bags…include pipe cleaners, new book, snack, color pencils (no crayons/markers), trading cards, journal/notepad, and any other fun things you can find.

From the 24/7 MOMS Live MOMversation on 6/23/09

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3 Responses

  1. an idea that I found was also to let your kids have a roll of foil and they can make crowns, animals, rings, swords, the possibilities are endless and then just recyle when you get to your destination! One roll goes a long way!

  2. THanks for the great tips
    here's a few more to add

    THeres set oz limits on liquid I think it is under 4 oz containers. No open liquids. they even use special wipes to test the top of baby bottles looking for residue of some kind.

    A lot of airlines are now charging per luggage fees now so if you have some suitcase's for your little one's do yourself a favor save $ and let them carry it on. Don't ever think the airline will suggest it. We got takin for $60 on our last trip and saved it coming home because we realized they were small enough for carry on's.

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