When traveling with kids of any age, parents tend to think about what they should bring along to keep them occupied and safe. There are things your child may need specifically, and you should always add that to the list, but for every child, always include these following three things.
3 things you need to take with you when traveling with kids
Toys and Games
Anytime you travel with your child, have them bring a favorite toy or game. Then, pack additional items that can keep them occupied for at least half of the trip. Mom and dad, it will be up to you to occupy them the other half of the trip if they get bored and no amount of toys you pack will be able to assist you, so be prepared to interact with your child while traveling.
Medications and Comfort Items
Have your child checked by your doctor before embarking on a trip. Make sure there are no specific medications you have to bring, and be sure to take along any you need to have. Bring children’s medications for motion sickness and headaches/fevers/colds, and always carry a first aid kit. Keep Pedialyte handy, too, in case they do get motion sickness and vomit so much they become dehydrated. Aside form that, though, make sure your child is as comfortable as they can be. If flying, their ears may pop so you’ll need ot bring something for them to chew on. If driving, they may get tired and want a familiar teddy to snuggle. Do they have a safe place to sleep when you get where you’re going? If not, make sure you plan ahead for that and bring along any needed items.
Comfort items could also include food. Make sure your child has enough juice, milk, and small snacks to keep them full in case you aren’t able to stop for food when they become hungry.
If you need a car seat for your child, bring that along and bring along any documentation to show that your child is your child. A social security card, birth certificate, and a photo ID are always good ideas to keep handy no matter how far away you’ll be going. If your child were to be separated form you in any way how would you find them and identify them? Attach GPS tags to your child’s backpack (these can be bought inexpensively) and make sure you always have their information with you. Make duplicates and have them carry a copy, as well as your partner. It may seem like over-kill, but it could help in an emergency situation. If you can, also have your child carry a cell-phone programmed with your phone number and “911” so they can call both if they become lost.
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