Travel Items You Mustn’t Forget To Pack

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Packing for a vacation? Make sure that you haven’t forgotten any of these essential items before you leave the house.

Passport

This is one of the most commonly forgotten items – and yet probably the most important item. You won’t be allowed on the plane without a passport if you’re travelling abroad. Even if you’re taking an internal flight, it could prove a useful form of ID. Your passport should have a minimum of six months left on it before expiry – some countries won’t let you travel with less than this. Applying for a passport can take several weeks, so you’ll want to get this sorted as early as possible.

Other travel documentation

Nowadays, a lot of documentation can be accessed digitally, however it’s still worth always bringing paper copies just in case. A few documents you may need include boarding passes, hotel booking receipts, visa receipts and travel insurance documents. If you’re hiring a car meanwhile, you’ll need your driving license, plus any receipts for car hire or insurance that you may have bought in advance.

Money

Having access to money is also important. In some cases, it could be cheaper to take out currency before you reach the country. Nowadays, many places accept card, so you may just be able to bring your card – however expect transfer fees each time. A preloaded travel currency card may be able to avoid these charges.

Chargers

If you’re bringing any electronics, don’t forget to bring chargers – these items can often get forgotten. A portable charger could be useful for a long-haul flight in which you may not have access to plug points. A car charger meanwhile could be useful if you’re driving.

Plug adaptors

Some countries may use different plug sockets. Without a plug adaptor, you won’t be able to charge your devices up. Airports may have them for sale, but you can buy them much cheaper online.

Medication

If you’re on any medication, make sure to bring this with you. Medication against allergies such as inhalers and EpiPens could also be important. There could also be medication for family planning such as contraceptive pills that you need to bring as well as medication against foreign illnesses such as malaria tablets. Don’t forget to also pack a first aid kit just in case of an accident.

Glasses/contact lenses

If you need prescription glasses or contact lenses, make sure to prioritise these when packing. Even if you only need glasses for reading, you don’t want to be squinting at menus the whole trip.

Toiletries

Toiletries can sometimes be bought once you reach your destination, however certain emergency toiletries could be important for the flight such as sanitary towels. It’s worth always bringing hand wipes too – especially if you’re travelling with kids. Certain toiletries such as toothpaste, deodorant and mouthwash may be restricted if you’re only bringing hand luggage.

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Traveling to different family drive routes in a car is one of our long term plans. Traveling is both fun and educational.  The experiences and life lessons gained are as equally important as knowledge gained from the classroom. Traveling in our family car is our preferred mode of transport due to 4 reasons. So far, we have done several few hours travel and quite a few day long drives.  And we are sharing with you these tips that could make family travels with children in tow feasible and even fun.

 

1. Bring a small, handy bin or barf bags

I don’t agree with giving kids drugs like Benadryl to sedate them when traveling. The risk is just too high.  I don’t want to jeopardize my kids health over my own comfort. When traveling in a car there is a possibility that kids get seasick…carsick ^_^.  So, we always have this bag in the car. It saves us the hassle of cleaning and then travelling with those pukey-after smell, that’s left even after cleaning.

2. Keep spares inside the car

To save you from stopping and getting supplies from the trunk every time they are needed, keep spares inside the car like clothes, milk and snacks.

3. Load your iPad or Tablet with educational apps

Nowadays kids are into this stuff.  They love it more than any other toys. So to make time fly by, let them play educational games on your iPad or tablet.

4. Extra toys

Kids attention span is quite short. They easily get bored. Bring some extra toys, puzzles, and other handy board games to keep them distracted.

5.  A camera will keep them preoccupied

Give them a point and shoot camera. Children love taking photos (mine do) ^_^. It is also a good way to start them in photography.

6. Never forget the medicine

It pays to be prepared at all times. When travelling we are exposed to all kinds of elements. Kids and adults alike could get sick during the travel. Bring the basics like paracetamol, cough and cold reliever, itch and insect bite cream, allergy meds, and any prescribed meds for your kids. We always travel with a babyhaler.

7.  Baby wipes…baby wipes

Your little tots bum is best clean with soap and water. But there are times when you just don’t have access to flowing water, this is when wipes come in handy.  Aside from this, wipes can be very helpful when cleaning your kiddos food-smeared face and hands. You could also use this to wipe toilet seats, restaurant table, and any other public utilities you’re going to use.

8.  Protect yourself from the sun

Bring hats and sunscreen to protect your skin from all that walk under the heat of the sun. In the same way, car blinds can be a comfort-bringer during the time of the day when the sun is just so cruelly bright.

9. Always keep your hands clean

Keep bacteria and viruses away, wash hands with hand sanitizers or even alcohol (isopropryl).

10. Car broom and dustpan

After long hours of travel whether we like it or not, the car gets messy and dirty. So, you might want to do a bit of cleaning in one of your stops. This would be really helpful especially if you’re traveling in some hot, dusty countryside wherein shoes bring dusts and these accumulate from all of the “going in and out” of the car. I especially take note of this, as my husband and kids are all asthmatic. It would also be great if there are a tiny vacuum cleaners solely made for cars. Are there any? If you have some information, please let me know ^_^.

11.  Keep the trunk orderly

If you can avoid it, never stack your things in the trunk. This would mean lugging baggage every time you want to get things. Arrange the bags and boxes side by side with the right side up for easy access.
Traveling in a car with your children would be a breeze if you take note of these tips.  Happy Journey!
If you have other tips, please do share on the comment section below.

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