In the lead up to our next family holiday with kids, I am starting to prepare by purchasing all the extras I need to pack for travel with kids.
I start by creating a list of my son Lewis’s favourite snacks, activities and medical essentials.
My lists for extras I add to packing with kids
Food that I add to packing with kids
On my list for snacks are:
- Rice Wheels
- Tiny Teddys
- Dried fruit
- Muesli bars
I start thinking about these items about 6 weeks out from our travel date. As I do my regular grocery shop I keep an eye out for the prepackaged snack versions of these items and purchase extras when they are on sale. This may mean I am only saving a few cents to a dollar here and there, but it all adds up to those extras of hidden costs in travel.
Now you may question, “don’t they have crackers and dried fruit everywhere?”
“Well, no they don’t.” We got caught out a couple of years ago on our family holiday to Penang and I spent the 2 weeks looking for crackers. So unless you really know a destination don’t take the risk. However this year we are returning to Bali and returning to the Sanur Paradise Plaza Suites, and as such I know that the local supermarket has crackers and sweet biscuits that Lewis likes. So this year I am not including Tiny Teddy’s and crackers in my packing for kids.
Activities I add to packing with kids
Also during this lead up to our family holiday I am also on the look out for some great activities.
- Reading book
- Activity books
- Colouring pencils
Lewis now has a great collection of Creator Lego just for travel, so I have stopped adding to this. But previously I would buy a new small set to add to his travel case of Lego. Just to let you know part of the collection includes a couple of small Duplo cars which allows him to alter the game and just play cars as opposed to Lego building.
Next up is a book, they can be really expensive to buy overseas so preparation is key. Lewis is really into the Tree House series, the 78 Story Tree House has just been released and so I have bought him a copy and the accompanying activity fun book.
I will also add other activity education books like spelling and maths – but ones that look a bit more fun.
Of course you can’t do these activities without pencils. So a compact pack of coloured pencils, lead pencil and eraser. By the way I prefer coloured pencils over felt pens as I don’t have to worry if they mark furniture by mistake.
Medical essentials I add to packing with kids
Finally I make sure that I have child friendly medication in my packing for kids. No one wants a sick child especially on a family holiday.
- Brauers Stomach Calm
- Brauers Calm
- Insect repellent
My choice in paracetamol changes back and forth depending on how Lewis is reacting to the brands. I have found Panodol, Nurofen and currently Paedamin all effective, it is just his personal choice.
I have used the homeopathic Brauers range since Lewis was a newborn and he still finds the stomach calm really helps with an upset tummy.
Just a note here if you want to pack these medical items with your carry on luggage. Make sure you purchase 100ml/3.38floz bottles and pop them into a clear ziplock bag to present to security.
So basically my advice for packing with kids is to choose what items work best for your child and stick with them. I choose items that work for my son and adjust accordingly when I pack for each family holiday.
If you would like to check out more packing list for travel with kids click HERE.
What do you add when packing with kids?
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