Packing Essentials for Each Member of the Family

May 16, 2012

Summer means family trips and outings. Make sure that you have everything you need – without going overboard – to ensure a stress-free family vacation. A few tips on what to pack for every member of the family:

For Mom and Dad
A sarong can function as a blanket, a shawl, a beach towel, a bag and an outfit. Bring a mobile phone, credit cards, traveler’s checks, a camera and a list of emergency contacts. Make sure to pack all the necessary chargers, batteries and equipment.

For Kids
For toddlers and younger kids, who are prone to restlessness during long drives or flights, bring some items for entertainment. Opt for educational items such as activity books and interactive games.

For Baby
Before traveling, always check with your baby’s pediatrician if it’s safe for your little one to travel, and to ask about any safety precautions you need to take. When packing, make sure that you have enough formula, bottles, diapers, and clothing for your infant. In this case, it’s better to over-pack than leave something behind.

For everyone
Aside from the basics (toiletries, towel, underwear, activity-appropriate footwear and clothes, hats, sunglasses), make sure that everyone has access to the following: sunscreen, wet wipes, hand sanitizer and child-friendly insect repellant. You can assign a family member as the go-to-person for these items, or give each person a small version of each item. Also, make sure that everyone has at least one pair of long pants, a long-sleeved shirt, and a jacket in case it gets chilly.

For Overseas Trips
Passports and/or IDs (plus 2 photocopies), tickets and destination details (map, guidebook, and etc…). On a small index card, list down all the essential details of the trip, such as the address and contact number of where you’ll be staying, flight details, and whom to contact (in the area and at home) in case of emergency. If in a foreign location, list down some key phrases in local language or dialect (such as “How do I get to…”). Make sure that each member has a copy of this, in case the family gets separated or some members decide to go exploring on their own.

Quick Tips: 
  • Before you pack, create a checklist of items so that you won’t miss out on anything. 
  • Have your kids bring a scrapbook that they can fill with items (such as event tickets and postcards) that they gather during the trip. 
  • Have a stash of nutritious and filling snacks such as granola bars, nuts and fruits. 
  • Separate your toiletries from the rest of your items. Place them in a zip-top bag or a waterproof pouch. 
  • Reduce wrinkles and folds by rolling your clothes instead of folding them.

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