We have a guest blogger today! YAY! Dawn blogs over at http://dawnblogtopus.com/ and is here to share with us her mama wisdom:
Hi, I’m Dawn and I’m here to do a guest post on MamaSavesALot – thanks for inviting me, Mama! Today we’re going to talk about the Top 5 Things that you Need to Bring on Vacation with Kids. Here are some great ideas on what to bring -Besides bathing suits, and sunscreen, and of course – the kids themselves… How am I qualified to inform you? Well, I have three kids and I love to shop. That’s all you need to know. Without further ado, here are the:
Top 5 Things to Bring on Vacation with Kids
#1 – Snacks
Or more specifically, containers that hold a variety of snacks. There are quite a few different products on the market that are aimed at the traveling toddler demographic, and I’ve tried most of them. My favorite brand of snack container is Skip Hop. They make both small handheld snack cups with lids, and they also offer a stacking container so you can give the kids a little variety with different snacks in each section.
Bonus: this can also be used for powdered formula if you have a tiny, tiny little.
#2 – Ziploc bags
Yes, I pack a box of the larger gallon size Ziploc bags when I travel with the children. They have multiple uses such as storing wet bathing suits, housing any “treasures” that the kids find on vacation such as shells or rocks, and you can use them to bring a dry change of clothing to the beach in case you don’t plan on going back to your hotel right away.
I don’t advise a lot of screen time when on vacation, but if you needed to, you can even “waterproof” your phone or tablet by sticking them in the gallon-sized ziplock bag if you’re worried about your electronics at the beach, lake, or water park.
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#3 – Travel Bassinet
This is only for babies and very young toddlers, of course, but the travel bassinet can be a lifesaver. They pack up extremely well, and can serve as a bed, changing table, and even a diaper bag! The travel bassinet is great when staying in a hotel so you don’t have to use the “loaner” crib (seriously, who wants to use that?) or bring along a bulky Pack N’ Play.
4 – Toys on the Go
What sort of toys depends on the age of your children, of course. Personally, I find that Pre-school and Elementary school-aged kids are the hardest to entertain. Babies are going to cry regardless of what you try to entertain them with, and older kids typically have their own cell phones or tablets. For the age 3-10 set, I find that creative toys that can be used in a variety of ways are best. Things such as the Travel Aquadoodle and the Melissa and Doug On the Go Water Wow books are a big hit with my older two kids, who are 5 and 9.
5 – Cheap Digital Camera for the kids
I don’t know about your kids, but mine are crazy about taking pictures. My daughter is my little documentarian when we go out – I have photos and videos that she’s taken everywhere from California to Florida to my own backyard. Kids see things differently than adults, for example, I might see a tree and say “Oh, good, shade!” but when my daughter sees the same tree she might see cool patterns in the bark or a really weird bug – and takes a picture of it. It’s really fun to upload the pictures after a trip and have her explain them to me.
When picking out a digital camera for kids the main thing that you want is a sturdy camera, preferably waterproof, that has a removable memory card for easy photo uploading. Other than that, your budget can dictate what features you look for in a camera for your little ones.
I hope that you found this article on Top 5 Things that you Need to Bring on Vacation with Kids helpful. My vacation is coming up in July, and you’d better believe that I’m bringing everything that I have here on the list! Thanks for reading, and enjoy your vacation.
DawnBlogtopus is a mom of 3 who lives in Boston and loves to travel. You can read about her parenting adventures as well as recipes and cleaning tips and tricks over on her site DawnBlogtopus.com.