Are you getting ready to get away. Over the years, I’ve traveled thousands of miles both domestically and internationally with kids and without, and there are certain things that make air travel more simple. To get you ready, here are 3 packing tips for your next trip.
My family and I love to travel. While the last two years slowed us down some, one thing it didn’t do is put a hard stop to our travel adventures. They’ve been more local and more domestic but we still jump on a plane whenever we can. If you’re planning to pick up your travel this year, try these tips for more stress-free travel.
Get the Right Bag
There is nothing more frustrating than traveling with the wrong suitcase. You need something durable, easy to maneuver and being stylish doesn’t hurt. I recently scored this suitcase from Amazon and after breaking it in on at least three trips, I am happy to say that it stood the test with absolutely no scratches.
And let’s be clear about something, I did check in the bags. Honestly, buying new travel luggage was not something on my “to do list”. But on the last trip, it became quite evident that the luggage was pretty beat up and it was time to do something about it.
Quick Tip: Take a moment and check out your travel bags. If zippers are not moving smoothly, wheels are not rolling smoothly or you see rips or tears, it’s time to get some new luggage.
Get an Immunity Boost & Be Prepared
It you don’t plan for your wellness, then you’ll have to plan for your illness. I wrote an extensive post a while back on how to boost your immunity before travel. These tips still stand true today. You can’t always count on the fact that there will be a drugstore nearby. Just in case there isn’t, it’s a good idea to be prepared, especially when traveling with young kids.
Back when my kids were younger, I would travel with liquid Benadryl all the time in case I “discovered” an allergic reaction. There were no known allergies, but I wanted to be safe. And then one fateful day when we were packing for a trip to London, I Ieft the OTC allergy medicine at home. It’s not that I forgot it. I intentionally left it at home because I’d never used it before.
Plus, if my little one “got into” anything, I could just go to the nearest pharmacy. Well guess what happened? I discovered a food allergy while on the flight. We were already 30,000 above ground. Oh yeah and once we landed, that pharmacy that I thought would be so easy to get an allergy medicine from…it turned out that I needed a doctor’s prescription (in London at the time) to get one. Let’s just say that it wasn’t my proudest mom moment.
The point? Take care of your immunity and pack the right things so that even if you do get sick, you won’t be stuck.
Quick tip: pack the important stuff like supplements, vitamins, herbals, prescriptions and medication you may need just in case you encounter the unexpected.
As much as I enjoy travel, packing is not my favorite past time.
Does anyone else feel that way?
Well, I recently invested in some packing cubes that makes packing so much easier and less stressful. Packing cubes make it super easy to organize clothing and supplies in terms of category, color, family member etc. I’ve found that not only does it make packing easier, but packing becomes more fun too There are several colors available so you can even color coordinate the cubes for different members of your family.
Another benefit is that using packing cubes makes easier for kids to pack their own suitcases for their next trip. I don’t know about you, but I am beyond packing for three people.
All hands on deck!
Quick Tip: Don’t get just one set. Buy at least one packing cube set per family member and get everyone their own color so that things don’t get mixed up. In addition, pack one extra empty cube for dirty underwear/clothes to make it easier to unpack when you get home.