If you plan on going out of town with children, packing can be nerve-racking. Some people just don’t know how to pack properly for children. There are some simple considerations when one packs for kids. You need to take into account the weather, the length of stay, how many people are traveling together, and what laundry facilities will be available. In addition, following a few simple rules will keep you ahead of the curve.
Kids are notoriously messy. For that reason, traveling with light colored clothes is a no-no. If you take stain-showing clothes, your children will look messy, probably even if you wash the clothes. In addition to packing darker colors, take along quick-clean wipes to clean spots while en route. Since you will probably pick up some t-shirts at various attractions, you may want to consider that for packing purposes.
A great tip whenever you go someplace where swimming will be involved is to pack double bathing suits for each kid. Kids often wear their bathing suits for the majority of tropical vacations, so having two is essential. You can wash and dry one while the child wears the other.
A great way to save space when packing for children is by deliberation. Consider the things you will and will not need. Items to avoid packing: baby bath tubs and beach towels. Hotels and cruises always provide towels, so bringing them is often unnecessary. Babies can be bathed in the sink with a clean towel placed under them to avoid germs, so bringing a bulky bath is silly. Definitely bring items such as diapers (so you are guaranteed to have the right brand), baby food and snacks, and children’s medicines (Tylenol, Baby Orajel). This will ensure minor health issues can be easily dealt with.