Travel Must-Haves When Vacationing With Kids
Travelling with kids in tow could be really taxing and stressful at times, for some, if not for all...
Travelling with kids in tow could be really taxing and stressful at times, for some, if not for all, parents. I remember posting a photo in my Instagram account showing how messy our room was while I was packing the clothes and all the other items we need to bring with us to our vacation in Boracay.
- Dry and Wet Clothes - This accounts for swimwear, clothes for going out, clothes for changing and clothes for going home. Plan your daily outfit if you can so you don't need to bring extra baggage. But bringing a toddler with you spells the difference. A toddler requires more clothes for changing for possible wetting of his pants/shorts. His outfit changes should be planned as well.
- TIP#1: Bring powder detergent for emergency staining and should you fall short on clothes you brought for the trip or for extended days.
- TIP #2: Bring 3 Laundry Bags:
- For Dry Used Clothes (Colored)
- For Dry Used Clothes (White/Light colored)
- For Wet Used Clothes
- Bring a shawl or jacket for unexpected cold nights/weather.
- Bring lightweight clothes to avoid heavy baggage.
- As much as possible put all the toiletries in one hanging kit.
- Bring Zip Lock bags- It's where I put used soap/wet containers when packing back home.
- Don't fill all the packed milk bottles with water. Just fill enough bottles for in-flight/day demand then fill the rest of the bottles when you reach your hotel.
- Better bring your handy milk container for whole day pasyalan.
- Bring bottle cleaner brush and solution as well.
- Safety Tip: Never ever leave children in the pool by themselves to avoid untoward events.
- Wash the sand toys immediately after use to avoid bringing the sand with you in the hotel.
- SUNBLOCK TIPS: You usually read SPF 30 or 50. What does that mean? Add Zero to the number and that's how many minutes you are protected. For example, SPF 30 means 300 minutes of sun protection.
- Liquid/Spray Sunblocks is better for the face.
- While we use Sunblock lotion for the body.
- Safekeeping Tip: When in the hotel room, make use of safety deposit boxes (make sure you change the pin) to keep these gadgets when leaving them in your room. We've heard a lot of horror stories about missing valuables in hotel rooms.
- I bring a notebook to note the daily expenses to keep track of our spending.
- Collect all the IDs with you prior to leaving the house for a smooth check-in for your flight and to avoid scrambling and searching your bag while in queue.
- Communication - make sure communication lines are open between you, your spouse, your nanny, and your children. To avoid getting lost when out in a market or an unfamilar place, set a meeting place and time should you be separated. Never EVER leave children behind, alone, or unguided.
- Floor Mats - Request extra floor mats to immediately dry your hotel room's wet floor coming from swimming or bathing in the rest room. This will avoid slipping and head injury.
- Footwear - Choose a rubber-soled or non-slip footwear to bring with you to ensure tight floor-grip even when floor is wet.
- Documents - Scan and photocopy all your IDs and plane tickets should it get lost, you still have an extra copy.
- Child Safety - NEVER EVER LEAVE your children alone.
- Activities - Yes it could be fun, but make sure are safe or follow safety standards.
- Attracting Thieves - Avoid wearing jewels or carrying very expensive gadgets with you when on the streets or when walking around unfamiliar areas. You might be attracting snatchers and you don't want that to happen to you.
- Police Stations/Hospitals - Always take note of the nearest police station and hospitals and their contact numbers in the place you are travelling to just in case of emergency.
Travel safe and enjoy your trip! :)