We are excited to have Zara as a guest on the blog today. Summer is right around the corner so that means summer travel. Thank you for the following tips on packing your family suitcase.
Packing Your Family Suitcase
Chances are that fun is not exactly the first thing that comes to mind when you think of traveling with your family, and for a good reason. Before you and your loved ones get to enjoy the beauties of your travel destination, you are put through the nerve-wracking troubles of packing. However, if you go about it in the right way(s), it may just turn out to be a piece of cake.
Make a packing list days before your trip
Instead of doing this task the day before you leave, give yourself some more time to create a checklist of everything you and your family will need. By doing so, you leave extra space to rethink the items in it and add new ones as you remember them at a later point. Also, you are avoiding a whole lot of chaos when you do start packing since you are sure that your list now contains everything that it should.
Pack according to the weather
It helps to check the weather forecast for the region where you will be traveling, so you can more-or-less know if you need to bring an extra sweater or two, or pack lighter instead.
Just because there is a ton of things in there, it doesn’t mean that they can’t be kept in order. You can achieve that by packing categorically. You can start by getting different-colored bags or packing cubes for you and your spouse and kid(s), so everyone’s clothes can be kept separate from others. Secondly, you can keep all the toiletries in a single bag. Same goes for the chargers and cables for all the gadgets you’ll be using. That way, everyone will know where their things are, and nobody will have to make a mess rifling through the suitcase searching for what they need.
In case you can’t avoid packing more than one suitcase, and you’re traveling by plane, make sure you cross-pack. It’s not unusual for a bag or a suitcase to get held up somewhere and be returned to you at a later point. That’s why it’s good for every family member to have one outfit in another suitcase, or in hand luggage if you have only one suitcase, so you can still change into clean clothes even if this inconvenience does happen.
Secure your luggage with accessories
If you’re afraid that you have packed so much in the family suitcase that it won’t be able to hold it all in, secure it with strong luggage straps and sturdy locks. Don’t forget about safety, too: put a combination padlock on your suitcase to chase away the thieves. For example, you can find such useful travel accessories at Go Travel, and make your trip more pleasant and carefree.
If you can buy it, don’t pack it
Why go through the trouble of putting it on the list, buying, packing, and carrying it in an already bulky suitcase, if you can just buy it when you get to your destination? Things like camera batteries, soap, shampoo, snacks, tissues, sanitary pads, and others, you can get pretty much anywhere. So, for example, instead of carrying twenty packs of tissues, buy two or three you may need during your flight or ride, and get the rest later.
Easy on the toys
If your kids still like to play with toys, see which ones are their favorite, and choose the lightest or the smallest ones. Two or three will do, you don’t want them to take up too much space.
Be equipped for possible health problems
As a responsible parent and adult, this is something you simply CANNOT forget. If, for example, you cut yourself, get a fever, or your child eats something and it doesn’t sit right, you’ll feel safer and worry less if you know you have the things you need for treatment, such as adhesive bandages or medication.
Just invest a bit more effort and planning into your packing, and it is bound to pay off. You will have more time to rest and relax with your dearest ones instead of stressing about what you have or don’t have in your suitcase.
Zara is a regular contributor at TheWellnessInsider, a traveler and a mother of two. Originally from Chicago, she found her place in the sun in Perth, Australia. Passionate about spreading the word about fantastic places to visit and creating a better world for the generations to come