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Now that the children are older-The 10 things we still take on every trip

Now that the children are older-The 10 things we still take on every trip

Now that the children are older we’ve changed the travel gear we take a little bit, but most of it is still the same.  We still take packing cubes, a travel scale, Kidz Gear Wired Headphones For Kids, a retractable headphone splitter, and Clorox Disinfecting Wipes, To Go Pack! A water bottle   Everyone carries a Klean Kanteen now.  They’re sturdy, most airports have places to fill them once you get through security, they keep certain someones from constantly asking for a drink and we use them all of the time no matter where we are. A laundry bag How did I not think to bring a laundry bag before?  Usually dirty clothes end up in a random heap in a corner and I was finding that the children were mixing up dirty clothes with their clean clothes and then insisting that they didn’t have any clothes to wear.  Having somewhere specific for them to put their dirty clothes has solved a number of issues and if it’s a car trip we can just throw the laundry bag in the trunk which saves unpacking chaos at home.  A wet bag While we’re past the diaper stage, we still always seem to have something wet that we need to pack.  Swimsuits, random clothes, you name it.  It’s great when we’re planning a last minute swim before heading back, I can stuff suits in it and through them in our luggage or in the carry on without thinking twice and if laundry gets um delayed, I at least know which bag must be emptied.  This Itzy Ritzy Zippered Wet Bag has served us well on more than one occasion. Packing Cubes I still love packing cubes.  I initially thought they were a little silly, but they’re great and we’re using the same ones we used when they were small.  Even though the children are now capable of each wheeling a carry on suitcase, it seems more complicated to keep track of four bags and everyone’s carryons, especially once people get tired and don’t want to pull their luggage any more….   If we’re staying in different rooms, I can just hand the kids their packing cube and they’re all set.  Packing cubes compress things and just make...

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Kid gear we take on every trip

Kid gear we take on every trip

 I love packing cubes.  I initially thought they were a little silly, but they’re great.  At some point, we may be back to a carry on apiece, but at the moment that’s just not realistic.  With two small children, we’re trying to consolidate our luggage to make it as easy to tote as possible.  Packing cubes compress things and make it easier to organize everyone.  My husband and I get one large one each; the kids get one medium one each.  It makes things a lot easier when everything is going into one or two bags.  I have them in different colors so I know at a glance where everyone’s stuff is and I’m not digging through everything to find a tiny pair of socks.  I use a small one to hold diapers and a change of clothes in my backpack (you can fit a lot of diapers in one, the compression works well).  There isn’t a lot of space in an airplane bathroom, so being able to have everything in one container that I can pull out of my bag makes things easier.  We also put a change of clothes for everyone in another cube in a carry on.  Flights get delayed/cancelled, and kids spill things, not necessarily on themselves :). We’re past the sippy cup stage at home, in fact we never really used them at all, but for traveling disposable sippy cups are a great item to have for kids.  Whether you’re in a car or on a plane it’s too easy to spill something or knock it over.  Tray tables are tiny and if you have any turbulence, forget it.  These disposable ones are nice for traveling since it doesn’t matter if they get lost and if they get gross you can just toss them. Since we consolidate our luggage into one or two larger bags, it’s actually quite easy to go over weight limits which can be an expensive mistake.  A travel scale makes it easy to make sure we’re not over the limit.  This one is small enough to throw in a pocket and take with you so if you buy lots of souvenirs you can double check on your way back too!       For snacks, I...

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