As you travel with children, you should pack a bag of what if’s. You know what if your child gets an ear ache or what if my child has a cut. Or what if you are delayed or the road trip is taking longer than anticipated. So, here are some ideas to pack in a bag while you head out on your latest adventure, even if it is only a day trip. You should be prepared for almost anything that comes your way.
What to Put in the Bag
- · A whole box of band aids, no matter how long you are going to be gone. A small cut may seem trivial to an adult but a child will seem wounded all day. A simple band aid can make the situation better immediately.
- · Small first aid kit
- · Baby wipes and hand sanitizers. Cleaning up kids is a must. Sticking dirty hands may lead to unhealthy eating.
- · Change of clothes. Pack extra clothes, coats, and hats to keep kids comfortable while traveling.
- · Sunscreen and sunglasses
- · Tissues
- · Plastic Ziploc bags. Plastic bags are great for storing dirty clothes, half eaten food, toys and other item that needs to be contained while traveling.
- · Children pain relievers (adult ones too)
- · Medicines, asthma inhalers, etc.
- · Ear drops
- · Sippy cups or cups with lids. Bottled water. These will work well in keeping children hydrated but save from messy spills in the back seat.
- · Snacks. Children get hungry even when they just ate a meal a half of an hour before hand. Packing light snacks such as crackers can help keep children happy between stops.
- · Umbrellas and rain coats.
- · Extra diapers, baby bottles, formula, pacifiers, and everything else needed to keep little ones happy and comfortable.
Items to Use While Delayed or On a Long Car Ride
- · Small toys
- · Crayons, color books, paper
- · Older children could make scrap books; there are always free pamphlets, business cards and other little items that can be collected at rest stops while traveling. Children can write or color pictures and add their finds to the scrap book. Later you can even add photos to tie the adventure together.
- · Teens will bring anything technological related to keep busy. But also encourage keeping a scrap books or journal while traveling. Teens can use their own cameras to remember the trip from their point of view.
You know your kids better than anyone else, you know their needs. So try to pack accordingly to make certain that the trip is fun and comfortable.