When we are on a vacation, we just want to unwind, relax and do different things that break the monotony of our daily lives. I love traveling.. Sometimes with kids and sometimes without them.
I must admit the experience is very different when I take the kids along. To make sure that the trip is fun and smooth for the kids and also for me, here's a packing checklist I have prepared which I refer to when packing for the impending trip with my wee duo.)
Comfortable clothes: I prefer packing comfortable clothes more than fancy stylish clothes. Clothes that are easy to wear and take off. They should have a good fitting and must not restrict the kids movement in any way. I pack enough clothes and more underwear.
Right shoes: I usually pack shoes that are easy on those kiddy feet. Crocs are my choice.. as my kids can wear them on their own and freely run about. No complaints of shoes bites, thus far.
Toys, books & accessories: At the mention of packing, my children pack all their favorites. My kids bags are filled with their favorites books (yes even the ones they have read before), coloring pages and color boxes and their favorite toys. For example, my son always has his box of cars and the avengers set with him. This time, we have packed tic tac toe and labyrinth. These toys keep them occupied for long hours. Whenever we go on road trips, we pack ample activity sheets, squishy bags, Rubik's cube and other small things that minimize their gadget time and keep them involved otherwise.
Favorite food: Whenever we travel, the changes in the routine affect their appetite at some point. So, I remember to pack their comfort food. Although, my bag is filled with cookies and candies but my kiddos know that they just can't survive for the next few days on those when they are traveling.
Emergency kit: The SOS medicines like paracetamol, anti nausea medicines, Boroline, hand sanitizer, cotton pads, band aids and mosquito repellant are a must in the emergency kit, should anything go wrong. Other than these, I remember to put in an extra pack of wet wipes and hand towels too. When my kiddos were just toilet trained or were in the process, I used to pack a few diapers in case of any emergency.
Soaps and Shampoos: I prefer packing the tried and tested lotions and shampoos. No point using something that we haven't used before. We don't any unnecessary rashes and reaction when we are on a vacation. Do we?
So, if you are traveling with your kid, start telling them about the new place that you are going to visit, explain about your mode of travel, the activities that you are going to do and what else can they expect from the place where they are going to. Along with prepping the little ones up, you too need to charge yourself and garner extra energy to attend to their needs and most importantly talk to them throughout your trip. After all the the ultimate aim of traveling is to explore and make memories.