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What are some tips for packing for a family vacation?

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When packing for a family vacation, parents may wish to bring items to keep children entertained, essentials for staying safe and organized while on the move, and information pertaining to essential travel documents. Additionally, there are ways that parents can save on luggage space.

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Certain items make it easier for parents to entertain their children on the road, such as books for doodling in, iPads for playing games and Trunki suitcases containing items that keep kids entertained. To stay safe and organized, parents should pack surgical tape in place of adhesive bandages, power strips for charging devices in hotel rooms, portable chargers and travel itineraries. Copies of travel documents, including tickets and scans of passports, make it easier to move around. They are also available to obtain replacements if documents become lost or stolen.

To save space in their luggage, parents can try rolling clothes rather than folding them. This makes them more compact, which in turn makes it easier to fit more items. Additionally, it reduces the number of wrinkles they attract. Writing concise lists makes it easier to pack a specific number of items. Packing laundry detergent and finding somewhere to wash clothes while on vacation also reduces the need to take a large volume.

Using a separate bag for each person helps avoid having one or two extra large, over-sized suitcases. Those suitcases are difficult to carry, and you may have to pay an additional fee for them at airports. You can also use the smaller size bags as day bags for few necessary items for one day out. The rest of the luggage can stay in the hotel room or a locked car.

Place a copy of the complete itinerary, including the home address, all flight information, hotel addresses and a working phone number in each bag in case a bag gets lost in transit. It also means that everyone has a copy of all important information in case of emergency.

Packing light makes it more enjoyable when the family moves around. It is also easier to unpack and repack at each stop if the family stops more than one during the vacation. The key to packing light is to use travel size products or sample products from department stores and drugstore. Use small containers and Ziploc bags to divide big quantities into smaller portions enough for using and light to carry.

Check the weather forecast for the destinations during the vacation time, and pack clothes accordingly. Waterproof coats and easy-to-dry clothes are always good to bring. If the vacation is over a few weeks, easy-to-dry clothes are also good for turnover, which means fewer clothes.

Power snacks, such as chocolate, are useful for when your kids get hungry after a whole day out. A mini first-aid kit is good to have on adventurous vacations.

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