‘Tis the season to be traveling! Since it’s summer and I know lots of people are going on family vacations, I thought I’d share some traveling tips that have come in handy with my crew.
Ziploc bags – I tell you what, I could be a spokes person for Ziploc bags because I use them for practically everything. The bags were particularly helpful when packing the kids’ clothes for our vacation. I labeled the bags and rolled up the clothes and it worked out perfectly.
I also use Ziploc bags in the car for food. I buy adult size meals and use the Ziploc bags to separate the food out for each kid.
They also make great trash bags in a moment of need.
Food – Listen to me mamas…don’t leave home for a vacation without some snacks and drinks. Food keeps kids happy and quiet for a little while. Also, it will save you money. I keep food in the van at all times.
Extra clothes – It’s just a good idea to always have an extra pair of clothes in the car, just in case, when it comes to kids. But it’s especially important when you’re traveling.
Extra shoes – I’m embarrassed to say, but I have left home on several occasions without shoes for one of my kids! Yes, I know, it doesn’t seem possible to do such a thing but I’ve done it 3 times! So, now I keep an old pair of shoes in the van, just in case.
Hand sanitizer/sanitizer wipes – I always have hand sanitizer in my cars. I use it every time I get in my car or go through a drive-thru. Sanitizer wipes are nice for the kids.
Potty chair – If your kids are at the stage where they are potty training or are just potty trained and haven’t learned to let you know they need to potty before the moment it’s about to happen….then I suggest putting a potty chair in your vehicle, just in case. I keep one in the van at all times, since potty training the quints in February and I can’t tell you how many times it’s been used. It’s so nice to not have to stop at a store, pull all six kids out and take them in a nasty public restroom just for one kid to pee. The potty chair has been a life saver for us.
Sunscreen – This time of the year, I keep sunscreen in my bag.
Night light – I knew the hardest part of our first vacation was going to be getting the kids to sleep at night. I’m so thankful I remembered to grab the night light before I left home. A little light made them feel more comfortable and came in handy when someone woke up during the night.
First aid kit – I have a first aid kit in my van and in my mom bag.
(My first aid kit in my van.)
(My first aid kit in my mom bag.)
Extra medicine – Tessa ran fever while we were on vacation, I’m so thankful I packed Motrin, Tylenol, thermometer, along with other meds for our trip.
Paper towels – I always try to keep a roll of paper towels in my van, just in case there is a big mess that needs to be cleaned up. Also, paper towels can be a substitute for toilet paper in a moment of crisis with little ones.
Tissues – If you’re like me and have terrible sinus/allergy issues, then you always need to keep a box or two of tissue in your car at all times.
Trash bags – I keep a couple of trash bags in the van at all times.
And while we’re talking about vacations, can I just add how wonderful it is to stay at a place that has a washer and dryer. Our cabin had a washer and dryer and it was so nice to come home with clean clothes instead of piles and piles of dirty clothes. Plus I didn’t have to pack as many clothes in the first place because I knew I could wash the same ones over and over. Also, if you do stay at a place with a washer and dryer…don’t forget your laundry detergent. 🙂