Our family has had the privilege of taking many road-trips over the years and one huge long-distance trip to Florida by air due to my blogging lifestyle.
In fact, in addition to my blog here at Hall of Fame Moms I started another website/blog in 2015 called 1000 Things Ohio where I now share our Ohio trips and related information. You can find daily posts about where to find Ohio family fun and discounts at my Facebook Page 1000 Things to do in Ohio.
If you travel with kids you know it’s important to be prepared!
Over time I have figured out what works for our family when it comes to being organized, so today I’m sharing my 8 things I pack when we travel with our kids! I am using my affiliate links in this post.
My Packing Tips for Traveling with Kids
#1: Various sizes of Backpacks and Totes
Each of our boys has his own backpack to pack his own fun necessities and not too long ago I updated them with rolling backpacks that I found on sale. We also used the rolling kind as our carry-on luggage on our flight to Florida.
For myself, I use a large tote bag to keep the things I want to have at hand in the front seat with me. Things like my laptop, Bible, reading material, etc..
I also have designated tote bags to carry towels and sandals for waterpark trips and to carry our wet dirty clothes back home in.
For amusement parks like Cedar Point I have a special sling-type carrying tote bag and a variety of fanny-packs to carry the small items because I don’t want to carry a purse.
#2: Zipping plastic bags are awesome!
These are so WONDERFUL! They come in snack size, quart, gallon and even larger!. Here’s a list of items I use them for plus some other ideas.You can find the Ziploc brand here and Hefty (my favorite for price) here.
- storing cords and chargers
- storing/protecting a netbook (fit perfectly!) – You could use them for tablets. Great for keeping things dry!
- paper products and plastic ware
- snacks (individual portion sizes)
- store a change of clothes (tip: organize your child’s daily outfits and seal each day in a separate bag labeled for the day to wear)
- pens/pencils/crayons (keep them from getting lost in the car or hotel room)
- tissues, toilet paper, toiletries
- extra socks or misc items
We mainly use rechargeable batteries for EVERYTHING that is AA and AAA. I have had such success with them that I rarely EVER buy or use anything other than this brand.
When I take a camera requiring such batteries I am sure to pack my battery charger, too! I feel like I’m really saving money and time by not having to run out often to buy disposable batteries.
#4: Busy Work and Travel Games
Oh, yes. We love paper and writing tools at our house. Notebook or plain printer paper is a must. My youngest even takes paper and pencils with him on short local trips near home. I also have a variety of Mad Libs and puzzle books we can take with us. You can find puzzle books at the Dollar Tree.
#5: Extra pillows and blankets (for the ride). Make sure everyone is comfy, right?! Even if you’re just going to an amusement park within a couple hours from home I think it’s important to make sure the kids are comfy. See my list of 7 Tips for Enjoying Cedar Point with young kids.
#6: Extra shoes. This is important especially if you’re going to a waterpark, bring your flip flops! See a list of indoor waterparks in Ohio here.
#7: Headache and fever meds, just in case.
#8: My essential oils and diffuser. I use this brand.
What else would you add to this list? What can’t you travel without? Tell me in the comments!