Packing Tips for Traveling with Kids

Packing Tips for Traveling with Kids

At one point or another, chances are you’ll be traveling with children. Whether they’re your own children, grandchildren, or a niece or nephew, chances are you might need to help them pack. If left to their own devices, they’re likely to end up with a suitcase full of unnecessary items without any of the essentials needed for your trip. Fortunately, you’re here to make sure that the children you’re traveling with will have everything they need (and maybe a few things they don’t need) for your vacation.

Clothes

Make a list of all the clothes you’ll need to pack for your child or the child you’re traveling with. Since children are typically more sensitive to the weather than adults, make sure to pack according to the predicted weather at your destination and include a couple of just in case items. It’s also smart to make sure you pack extra socks and underwear, especially if you won’t have access to a washer and dryer. Although, some prefer the roll technique when packing, you should fold your child’s clothing as it makes it easier for them to sift through their clothes to find an outfit without making it look like their suitcase went through a tornado.

Snacks

Kids get hungry, and often at the most inopportune times. Make sure you’ve got the tools to fight hanger by packing a few nonperishable snacks in your carry-on bag. Packing your own snacks is extra important if your children happen to have a food allergy. You can’t always count on airport food or food at rest stops to be allergy friendly so play it safe and pack some of your own food just in case.

Toys and Entertainment

Typically, kids are going to want to fill the bulk of their suitcase with toys, but you know better than to let this happen. Instead let them pick out a few “can’t leave behind” toys and one or two entertainment options for the trip such as a tablet or mini DVD player. Make sure you don’t forget the headphones! Unless you don’t mind listening to the latest Disney soundtrack on repeat. 😊

Suitcase

Choosing the right suitcase can make a world of a difference when traveling with kids. You want to make sure that the suitcase is durable as kids tend to be accident prone. It’s also important to make sure that the suitcase is easy for your child to tote around on their own or else you’ll end up carrying around double the baggage. Nuki Cases make great luggage pieces for children. Their spinner wheels make moving the case from point A to point B effortless and their durable hard-shell cases can withstand the occasional drop down the escalator.

Documentation

This is a big one, especially when traveling out of the country. Make sure you have all of the necessary documentation for traveling with children. Sometimes a school ID is sufficient but other airlines might require additional documentation such as a birth certificate or a passport. If the children you’re traveling with aren’t yours, you might be required that you show proof that you are allowed to travel with them. Do your research beforehand so that you won’t end up in trouble at the airport.