The Packing Checklist

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We cannot stress enough the importance of carrying luggage with wheels. There are several kinds – the ones that roll smoothly in only one direction at about a 45 degree incline, and the ones with 360 degree rolling wheels. Get the kind you are most comfortable with, and give them a test drive, just to ensure good quality. Make sure you are comfortable using one hand pulling the luggage easily while holding your kids in your other hand, if that is to be the scenario. You need friendly luggage to steer you on footpaths, and in out of trains and buses. Never choose suitcases without wheels. Better to be swift on the move than to strain your arms unnecessarily.

Also, if you’re thinking of investing in new bags for the trip, do check the lightweight varieties on offer these days. True, they are a tad expensive, but the combination of sturdy and weightless is a valuable combination you will agree. Luggage is a long-term investment. Make your decision wisely.

In addition to suitcases, you are also advised to get your children a backpack each. The ones that are both light and rainproof will be your best bet. These will come in handy on the flight, during car and train travel, and while on the trot each day.

For the Flight

  • A book to read
  • An activity book
  • Some pencils
  • Some light snacks
  • Video games, an MP3 player or a tablet that your child might plan to carry
  • Some chewables for take-off and landing
  • Sanitary wipes
  • Our Kids’ Travel Guide Series. There may one specifically for your destination!

For Longer Journeys on the Car, Train or Bus

  • A book to read
  • An activity book
  • Some pencils
  • Some light snacks
  • Electronic mobile devices your child might plan to carry
  • Sanitary wipes or anti-bacterial lotion
  • A bottle or thermos of water or juice
  • Anti-nausea over-the-counter chewable medication
  • Our Kids’ Travel Guide Series. There may be one specifically for your destination!

For Days Out

  • Some light snacks
  • Sanitary wipes or anti-bacterial lotion
  • A bottle or thermos of water or juice
  • Anti-nausea over-the-counter chewable medication
  • A cap
  • A disposable raincoat
  • Sunglasses
  • Sandals for the beach
  • A ball and/or a frisbee for the park
  • Sunscreen lotion

If you want to see our packing list for the suitcases and much more helpful piece of advice, our “Traveling Together – The All-Inclusive Guide to Traveling and Vacationing With Children” book is available on: http://www.amazon.com/Traveling-Together-All-Inclusive-Vacationing-Child…

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