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What to bring when traveling with kids

Wednesday, January 23rd, 2008

Young trying to push a carA vacation with your kids can be many things, but uninteresting is certainly not one of them!

Depending on how prepared you are, your holiday could turn into a challenge that leaves you in tears, or the fun filled one that sweet memories are made of. A big part of how prepared you are has to do with packing the right gear.

Here’s what your travel bag absolutely must contain:


Pack for the weather at your destination. It won’t hurt to take along an extra jacket or two, and you can never pack too many pairs of underwear or pajamas. If you’re heading to a cold destination, take along woolen caps, a stack of sweaters, woolen socks, jackets and an extra blanket. If the weather is going to be sunny, add hats and sunglasses to the list.

First Aid Box

A first aid box is an absolute must, and doesn’t have to be an elaborate production. A simple, easy to open, sturdy plastic box will do just fine. An emergency first aid kit must contain the following:

  • Cold medication
  • Anti histamines
  • Adhesive bandages
  • Sterile gauze
  • Mild pain relieving sprays and gels
  • Analgesics
  • Anti nausea and anti diarrhea medication
  • Disposable cold packs
  • Anti bacterial creams for topical application
  • Anti bacterial hand wipes
  • Tweezers
  • Scissors
  • Safety pins
  • Sun screen
  • Insect repellent
  • Calamine lotion

Use sandwich bags or zip locked bags to compartmentalize all items in your box, and label each bag.

Travel Gear

Depending on whether you’re traveling by road, rail or air, you’ll need to take games and toys along to keep your kids entertained during the drive or flight. A favorite book or doll will do just fine. For babies, remember to take along a toy that’s bright and makes a little noise to keep him pre occupied. If on the road, take some snacks and juices along for the ride.

Baby Gear

Traveling with a baby is the most challenging of all. You’ll need lots of diapers, changing pads, baby wipes, and diaper rash cream. Trash bags and zip lock bags can be used to hold soiled clothes. Don’t forget feeding bottles, plenty of nipples, a pacifier, bibs, and stacks of soft napkins. If your child is on formula, take along a bottle sanitizer, beside tins of formula and bottled water, feeding bowl with a lid and a spoon.

Traveling out of town with kids is a great way to expand their horizons, and broaden their experiences. Just make sure you’re perfectly outfitted for the journey!

When planning your family holiday, check out for a kid-friendly hotel.

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Venere Travel Blog writer shabana nather

Shabana Nather is a freelance writer and closet travel blogger, who has a passion for all things Asian. Her favorite vacation spot is the sunny state of Goa, and the countries she would most like to visit are Egypt and Thailand. She currently lives and works in Mysore, India.

3 responses to “What to bring when traveling with kids”

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  1. Layla says:
    May 2nd, 2008 at 19:46

    It’s definitely a good idea to pack the above for a trip. I always seem to forget one of the items so I bought a first aid kit.

  2. Jabari says:
    May 21st, 2008 at 06:41

    Yes it’s a complete list…. thanks for sharing it.

  3. Yvette Stanton says:
    January 29th, 2009 at 04:46

    I think this list is way too exhaustive. Personally, I wouldn’t take half that stuff. We travel light: one cabin luggage bag per person. And you can travel light with kids – we’ve done it quite successfully. If you need some of that stuff when you get there, they do have shops elsewhere you know… even in other countries… (wink!)

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