Packing in 5 Simple Steps
As I was packing last week I finally recognized my method. Here, in 5 simple steps, is how I pack when I’m flying with kids. Check back every Tuesday for a new Travel Tips post. And I love to have new followers! Find me on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Pinterest.
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1) Set Out Clothing
Select the clothing items you think you’ll need for each person and set them out on your bed.
2) Select Outfits for Travel Day and For Carry On
From the clothing you’ve selected, find a travel outfit for each person and an outfit for a spare. Put the spare outfit, complete with socks and underwear, into a gallon-size Ziploc bag: one for each person, two for babies.
3) Eliminate Unnecessary Extras
I almost always set out more than I need. Consider whether you will really wear each outfit. Take items that can be used to dress up or down. If you’ll be able to launder your clothing then you can pack less.
4) Pack Toiletries and Medicines.
I love this refillable bottle pack. I’ve never had them leak and the sizes are within the TSA acceptable guidelines. (Remember that when bringing liquids with your carry-on bags you must comply with TSA guidelines: 3.4 ounces (100mL) or smaller containers, all stored within a Quart-sized Ziploc bag. One bag is permitted per ticketed passenger. Medicines are exempt from this size restriction but must be separated and declared for separate screening.) Don’t pack necessities like medicines, glasses, mouth guard, or keys in your checked bags; always put them in your carry on.
5) Pack Food Bag & Toys
Some of the food items I always pack are food bars, dried fruit, sandwich crackers, and cheese sticks. You can find more travel food ideas here: Fun Travel Food and Tools, Food on the Plane: What Can I Bring?, 5 Homemade Travel-Friendly Foods.
If you need ideas for activities and toys to keep the kids occupied in flight, try a few of these: Busy Bag for Preschoolers and Elementary Age Kids to Share; Unique Travel Toys for ages 3-6 (and up); Best Travel Gifts for Toddlers.
Does this list help you? Would you add anything to it? Comment below! Your comment may help other travelers perfect their packing methods.