How to Pack: Traveling with Kids

Traveling with children? Prevent meltdowns and tantrums over what to wear by learning how to pack a suitcase for a child with these easy tips from Domestic CEO. 

Amanda Thomas,
July 25, 2013
Episode #070

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...you never know if conditions are going to change. If you have a child who doesn’t like change, and Tuesday’s weather isn’t appropriate for Tuesday’s outfit, you are going to have a meltdown. Or, what if your child’s mood changes and she absolutely does NOT want to wear Monday’s outfit on Monday? With so many unknowns in the mix, allowing your child to choose from 3 of her packaged outfits each morning will allow her to feel like she has a little control during the crazy days of your vacation.

Packing Tip #3: Keep the Fun Stuff Separate

Traveling with kids means that you need to pack entertainment as well as clothes. Games, coloring books, small toys, and snacks are all important items to have if you want to keep the peace. When you're packing a suitcase for a child, though, this is not the time to try and magically fit everything into one bag. Keep a separate bag for the fun stuff. Anything that will keep your child occupied and happy should be packed into a smaller bag that can be kept within arm’s reach at all times. If you pack any items into the suitcase that gets checked onto the plane or put into the trunk, inevitably your child will want the item in THAT bag rather than the bag that’s right next to them. Since a small child doesn’t understand what a “checked bag” means, she only knows that she packed her favorite movie and now Mom or Dad won’t let her have it. You can understand how a temper tantrum can easily arise from this situation. Likewise, once you get to your destination, if there are goodies in the clothing bag, you can expect it to be torn apart as your child digs for the toys and games.

Save yourself the hassle and headache by simply having a separate bag for entertainment items. Have your child pick out a few items that can keep her occupied on the flight, long car ride, and down time at the hotel. All these items should be able to be packed into a small bag that your child can carry or pull through the airport. They will learn responsibility, and maybe even the value of becoming a light packer, if they have to haul their own bag around.

Plus, your job is to make sure your family and their belongings are all corralled and make it to their destination. If your hands are full with everyone else’s stuff, that job becomes much harder to do. Make everyone in the family chip in on the effort and things will go much smoother.

So those are my tips for how to pack a suitcase for a child. I would love to hear your tips or horror stories too. Post them in the Comments section below and help us learn from your experiences as well.

Until next time, I’m the Domestic CEO, helping you love your home.


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