The exciting news is that we’re heading on vacation real real soon, like tomorrow. The not so fun news… we’re headed to vacation tomorrow and we still haven’t packed! Ahhhhhh.
It’s no secret that I love to travel and am always up for hoping on a plane on an hours notice. When it comes to packing for the entire family, that’s when things start to get tricky.
When your kids get to be a certain age, the once packing five thousand onsies and a package of diapers is long gone. These little loves have opinions on what they wear, what books their reading and how they are going to spend their time. And if they are anything like my HAPPY knuckleheads they like to take all the clothes out of the bag you just packed to see if they can fit inside like a magician. 🙂
While I would love to allow each person’s in my family to packing their own suitcase, my kids are still too young.
What I have found works great at giving them some responsibility and opinions is picking out their favorite outfit or outfits and to bring them to me and letting me pack everything into the suitcase.
Then when it comes to carry ons, I let them pick out a few small toys they love to play with on the plane. I then add in electronics and snacks. Let’s just say, Mom is a little more responsible at charging the electronics before we leave and making sure we all have the proper accessories. And don’t forget snacks!!!! Goldfish crackers are perfect for travel. The kids (and I) adore the taste, they are super duper easy to pack and did I mention they are delicious?
Plus, if you ever leave them at home, they will make their way back into your kids travel backpack to make sure they don’t get left behind. 🙂
Reality is that we find that it is good for kids to have some responsibility in what they bring on a trip. Lessens their anxiety with parting with things they love, and gives them pride that they were able to help pack for themselves.
Do you let your kids help pack for trips?
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