How to Actually Pack Light when Traveling with Kids?
Are you planning an airport journey this holiday season? How about a vacation to Grandma's house? Holiday travel usually means more crowds, traffic, and tones of extra stuff to haul there and back, regardless of where you're going (or how you're getting there). What better time to hone your packing skills than now? We've always admired the families who fly through the airport with only their small backpacks and no large suitcases. When traveling with children, packing light is essential, but it can be difficult when your child wants to bring every item they can find. However, it isn't impossible.
For a stress-free vacation, here's how to pack light for a family trip with kids.
Check the weather: Do you have a summer or winter vacation planned? We recommend that you check the weather forecast for your family's vacation destination before you begin packing. Packing becomes much easier if you know what kind of weather you'll be dealing with, and you can avoid taking goods you won't need. It's not difficult to pack light for warm weather places, but it's not so easy for chilly destinations. Warmth is a concern for your family, yet thick sweaters and jackets may result in heavy luggage. Layering is the key to cold-weather packing. Instead of bringing bulky clothing, choose a few lightweight things that may be layered to provide all the warmth you require.
Light luggage: Every vacation is ruined by large, cumbersome luggage. While it is easier to pack all of your belongings into two large suitcases, they are not particularly easy to transport. Every member of your family should have a lightweight suitcase. Kids enjoy dragging around fun kid's suitcases because it gives them a sense of ownership and responsibility. When everyone carries their bags, life is so much easier.
Mix-match clothing: Before you start packing, consider this bit of advice. When it comes to packing your children's clothes for holidays, be imaginative. Whenever possible, buy kids' apparel that can be mixed and matched. As a result, practically every top can be worn with almost any bottom. Things might become dicey when you start getting into patterns, but they're kids. It's fine if they mix polka dots and camouflage.
We recommend choosing pieces that can be worn in a variety of ways, taking advantage of the layering trend. Girl's dresses, for example, can be worn alone, beneath a turtleneck sweater in the winter, or as a skirt when paired with a top.
Compact containers for travel: We recommend not bringing any toiletries with you when traveling with children because you can buy them anywhere you go. If you insist on transporting your toiletries, pick lightweight travel containers that won't shatter and spill all over your clothes within the suitcase.
Wash and reuse: Another piece of advice to consider before packing a single item is where to stay. We nearly usually stay in serviced apartments with laundry facilities while traveling with little children for more than a few days. Because you can wash and wear your clothes again, this reduces the amount of stuff you need to bring. Even if your lodgings don't have a washer/dryer, almost all hotels provide laundry service or can recommend a local Laundromat.
- Apply All Of The Above To Your Own Suitcase, Too! These suggestions may appear to be focused solely on packing for your children and not much on packing for yourself. But it's all the same advice! Mix and match, buy when you get there, wash and reuse, only bring your favorite pieces, and keep it simple.
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