If you’re anything like me, when you travel with your children, you want to travel as light as possible yet and sure you have everything you need on your trip. There have been times when I have had an entire suitcase packed full with items just to help my children travel more comfortably and stay entertained. I mean, everyone has to have their favorite pillow and blanket, stuffed animal, toys, tablet, and everything else that keeps your children comfortable and smiling.
I soon discovered that I didn’t enjoy taking a full suitcase of items for my children every time we traveled, though. Instead, packing smarter became the objective. When we travel, part of the goal is to leave the everyday burdens behind and enjoy where we are rather than what we have. That’s why I have decided I no longer want to take a bunch of stuff with us anymore. It’s just too hard for us to manage.
Don’t worry, if you decide to do the same, your kids will be just fine. In fact, I daresay you will be helping them learn to be resourceful and enjoy the environment away from home by bringing less stuff.
With that in mind, there are two things you need to ask yourself when packing for your children. First, what items are essential for you to travel? Second, what items are important for keeping your children safe while traveling?
For children, you should take a small amount of travel gear that includes a few sets of clothes and little entertainment. Of course, that also depends on how old your children are. For babies, you will of course the more items. There are many separate things you need to consider for babies, though. For instance, it is easier to move around less with babies because of how much gear they need.
For toddlers and older, really think about the above questions to determine what you need to take with you on your travels. Taking less stuff will allow you and your children to enjoy travels more.