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I would definitely consider myself an official Bag Lady. I have a bag for everything! I’m that woman who likes to carry around that ginormous suitcase of a bag only to lose everything in it. I’m terrible at keeping my bags organized and I always seem to lose something. However, I have found a few key items over the years that I wouldn’t dare to lose or leave the house without.
Do you ever forget something every time you leave for a trip? Here’s my stash of must-have items that I always take on the road. Whether it’s taking a camping trip or trip to the zoo, these must-haves always come along for the ride.
These have to make it into our travel stash or else! Like I said, these are perfect for soiled clothing, accidents, swimsuits, etc. Every car trip we make, we seem to have a puking child. It’s so true! You can use these for so much more than just cloth diapering. After selling many different cloth diapering products, I have found that this brand was the best of quality for our family.
Anyone else have a child who suffers from car sickness? I love these. I have tried so many different remedies out there. These Sea Bands help avoid those on-the-road disasters. After you purchase these, you can reuse them over and over again. I hate seeing a miserable child on their vacation. Thank goodness motion sickness is treatable! You can purchase these at most big box stores. If you need to pick these up last-minute, you don’t have to worry about only finding them online.
I have found that individual water enhancers have been one of the best ways to save money on beverages. Fairs, amusement parks, and concession stands can definitely put a dent in your wallet when it comes to drinks. We enjoy True Lemon and Stur brands because they are non-GMO, gluten-free, and do not contain artificial flavors or preservatives.
We also have a bunch of these in our cabinets that I get to drink if I need an extra boost of energy. If you want to get down to the fine details, the Stur brand was easiest to travel with. You don’t have tiny packets of garbage stuck in your pockets. Besides that minor detail, they’re both great!
You can buy these pre-packaged or make these DIY style. I simply chop up a bar of soap and add a small cube to a travel sized squirt bottle filled with hot water. Sometimes we just prefer sudsy, soapy water over the hand sanitizer.
Find the perfect travel sized pen because you never know when those pesky bugs are gonna strike! I ran into our local drug store and just grabbed a generic brand.
I will have to say that charcoal tablets seem much easier to travel with though. I’m still traveling with powder. If you are going to use the charcoal for brushing your teeth or creating a poultice for burns or bites, get the powder. Otherwise, I think that the travel tablets may be the better way to go. Seems like much less of a mess.
I’ve also enjoyed using Thayers Lavender Witch Hazel. It’s a great astringent which is why I love to use it for insect bites and as a facial toner. I couldn’t live without this stuff during my postpartum care after giving birth. Finally, when my kids have contracted pink eye or swimmers ear on our trips this structured silver has come to the rescue!
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Okay, if we were taking a camping trip, I would be creating a whole new list of items that I’d be bringing along, but I made sure that our mini pancake maker went on our hotel trip! Between gift cards and budgeting for eating out, we knew that we were going to save a little by eating breakfast in our hotel. I also didn’t bring the IP or slow cooker because I didn’t want to do any dishes on this trip.
These next few items are things that I found online and have waiting in my Amazon cart. I haven’t made the purchases yet, but just look at them! Do you have any of these? Look at these amazing little ice packs! From reading the reviews online, you can separate these individually to fit into your pocket or purse. What a clever idea!
These Kemier collapsible silicone water bottles look out of this world! It seems as though you can take this with you anywhere. I can see us using these at all sorts of outdoor events.
4 thoughts on “Family-Friendly Road Trip Essentials: What to Pack for Kids”
Great tips! I especially love the powder and liquid water enhancers. I’ve never thought of that but what a great way to save some money on a road trip!
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Thanks, Val! I heard about the water enhancer idea when I took a trip to Disney World in 2008. I’ve used that travel tip ever since. Hope you can use it too!
Great tips and you have offered some great money saving tips. The hydration body mist looks interesting, even to this Mom of grown sons!
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Thank you, Sara! Yes, spray down those boys of yours, ha! I don’t like to feel sticky and sweaty in this heat. It’s a great idea for everyone!