Courage in Traveling: Packing
Traveling with your family can feel overwhelming. It requires planning and preparation which may be difficult to fit into your already busy life. However, traveling as a family is an important way to bond and create memories that will last a lifetime. Consider the following packing tips that will help give you courage in traveling as a family. You can do it!
Determine How Much You Will Be Able to Bring. This really depends on if you are driving or if you are flying. If you are driving to your vacation destination you will likely be able to bring lots of stuff because you can fill your car or van. However, flying will likely limit what you can transport. It is important to check the airline restrictions. Some airlines allow you to bring one or two luggage items for free in addition to your carryons. Others make you pay even for one checked bag. Therefore it may cost too much to bring a suitcase for each family member.
Find Out What You Can Get at the Destination. If you are limited in how much luggage you can bring or the cost of checked baggage is exorbitant, see what you can get at your destination. For example, will you have access to a store where you can buy diapers and baby food? Is there a laundry facility so you don't need to bring enough clothes for the entire trip but can plan to wash and re-wear? You may find you are able to reduce the amount you need to pack.
Make a List. This one may seem obvious but it is really important in making the packing process easier. A couple weeks before you are going to leave for your trip hang a piece of paper on your refrigerator. Every time you use something that you will need to bring on your trip write it down. Some items are obvious like toothbrush and toothpaste but others you may not think of until you realize how often you use the item. Be especially cognizant during the bedtime routine for your children. Do they fall asleep listening to certain music or have a favorite story you read every night? If so you will want to put these items on your list so you don't forget them. Also think about the environment they sleep in. Do they have a nightlight that should be packed? Remembering these little things often make a difference in whether bedtime goes smoothly on the vacation or not.
Pack a Little at a Time. Packing can be overwhelming especially if you are doing it for multiple people. Try not to leave it for the night before you depart. Consider finding a place in your home where you can set up the open suitcases and put stuff in them as you think of it or come across items on your list. Set the suitcases up a week before you will leave. If you pack a little each day it will be less stressful.
Family travel is more difficult than when you traveled before you had kids because you have to consider the needs of everyone in your family. If you approach travel the right way you will minimize the stress you experience. In the end you will be happy you had the courage to travel because you will have made wonderful family memories.
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