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A vacation should be an easy, breezy affair. You are, after all, leaving behind the rush of your regular routine to take a break and recharge. That being said, many parents may scoff at the notion of an ‘easy’ holiday when there are young children in the equation. These travel essentials may help you along your next kid-friendly adventure.
Camera: How about packing a point-and-shoot film camera to document these precious moments and let the kids have a shot too? Not only will you have photos for the album, the kids will be able to explore a new activity they may grow to love.
Baby wipes: Those little fingers get into everything! Bring a couple packs of baby wipes along and your future self will thank you for the foresight. They’re useful for when your little one’s too far away from a sink to wash their hands before a snack, or when everyone gets a little hot and sweaty while exploring someplace new!
Snacks & drinks: Keeping the family hydrated during a trip is a major concern for any parent. Carry around a reusable water bottle or juice box, as well as easy snacks for the kids to munch on between mealtimes.
Sunscreen: Packing a good sunscreen can take you from summer to winter and continue protecting the family from those pesky UV rays. With so many great and affordable options, there’s no reason for you to leave this out.
First aid kit: Fret not if the little one gets a scrape of a bruise; a travel-sized first aid kit with basic essentials like plasters, antiseptic cream, aspirins and antacids will pull you through and ensure the kids are easily tended to while you’re on the go.
Umbrella: Weather can be unpredictable, and while you’re prepared for a sunny day, don’t forget to factor in the possibility of a sudden shower. Bring along a compact umbrella, just in case.
Insect repellent: If your family vacation is to someplace tropical and beautiful like Bali or Borneo, slip some insect repellent into your luggage and thank us later. With the humid weather, you’d definitely want to keep those mozzies at bay.
Entertainment: Pause for a moment in the packing process and grab your kid’s favourite stuffed animal, a fun book or a game that will occupy them during flights, or even when the adults stop to grab a cup of coffee. It’ll buy you and your partner a few minutes of well-deserved rest too!
Spare clothes: Packing a change of clothes or an extra jacket is always a good idea, especially if you’re travelling to somewhere with a more temperate climate.
Positive attitude: No matter where you choose to go; be it a vibrant city like Hong Kong or the mystical realm of Siem Reap, the best thing to take with you is a positive attitude. Quality time is precious in our fast-paced reality and the ability to see the best in any situation will ensure beautiful memories to last a lifetime.
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