#1 Pack each outfit in a separate bag
Before you even think about leaving on your trip, make sure you’re well organised. Packing each of your child’s outfits in a separate ziplock bag will eliminate the stress of having to rummage through a messy suitcase to find some matching pants and top.
#2 Use an over-the-door shoe organiser for the car
You can pick up over-the-door shoe organisers from most cheap stores—these come in real handy for organising the bits and pieces you’ll need in the car when driving. Hang them over the front seats and within easy reach of little hands, so your kids have easy access to their snacks, toys and activities.
#3 Opt for triangle crayons
Colouring books are one great way to keep kids busy, but it can be frustrating for them when those crayons get away! Pick yourself up a set of triangle-shaped crayons so they don’t roll away on a travel table.
#4 Wet wipes
This may seem like an obvious one, but you can never have too many wet wipes on a family holiday. Pack some in your car, in your luggage, in your kid’s pram, in your carry bag—anywhere they’ll fit! Then you’ll never be caught out.
#5 Embrace thy iPad
Even for those technophobic parents, you might just find an iPad or tablet is your saving grace on holidays. Load it up with your kid’s favourite movies, TV shows, games and educational apps to keep them entertained for hours.
#6 Wrap up new, small toys as surprises
Visit a cheap store before your holiday and pick up a few small toys—whether it’s a new teddy, some toy cars or travel-size games, having little gifts to give the kids at intervals is a great way to keep them distracted.
#7 Pack plenty of travel snacks
Squeezy yoghurts, poppers, and small containers with healthy treats will stop that backseat whining in a jiffy. Even pack some ‘naughty’ treats as rewards for good behaviour.
#8 Make your own ‘scavenger hunt’
Print off a fun checklist of things that they spot while you’re away. Whether it’s while driving in the car or walking around and sightseeing, it’s a good way to keep them focussed and having fun!
#9 Disposable cameras
Kids love to be involved in everything we do, and that includes using our gadgets! Give your little ones their own disposable camera so they can feel a part of the action.
#10 Portable night light
Kids can find sleeping somewhere new unsettling, so pack a small, portable night light to help them feel at home in your accommodation.
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