I am a serial list maker. The amount of pieces of paper and lists on my phone before are trip are annoying to my husband but without them I know I’d forget a lot of things needed for a trip.
Most of the time I overpack because it’s stressful for me to have to run around a city I don’t know looking for things that my family needs.
P&G knows packing can be stressful because you have to prepare for the unpredictable. To ensure your vacation starts off on the right foot, here is a list of their top summer travel tips and tricks.
Dedicate time well before departure to plan your pack—yes plan.
Check the weather forecast, ensure flight times are accurate, check construction and closures and find alternative routes to make a realistic travel route to get you there on time. If flying, remember to double check what you can bring in your carry-on to avoid anything being thrown out.
Avoid the morning of mad dash to gather all necessary toiletries and invest in a travel set of essentials. Do you need a full size shampoo and conditioner for the family to share, or can you use the adorable mini travel-sized items, like the super cute and convenient mini Scope Outlast to maintain fresh breath on the go?
If you have essentials you just can’t duplicate, like an electronic toothbrush, add them to yourlast minute pack list.
Make a List, Check It Twice
If heading on a road trip, packing the family and your trip essentials can mean a tightly packed car.
Making a check list of what you really need will help eliminate those “nice to have” items that will overflow the car.
Involve the kids – throughout the week have the kids write down items they use in the day on a chalk or white board in a central location (i.e. kitchen fridge). At the end of the week, go through the list together and narrow it down to the must haves. You may be surprised by some of the things you use daily!
The lighter the better! We know packing with kids and pets it may be difficult to live by this mantra, however keeping things light and simple leaves room for souvenirs.
Downsize by bringing items that have more uses than one. Bring Pampers Sensitive wipes – they work wonders for baby’s bottom and do double duty by wiping faces, clean off juice spills and other sticky messes.
Be sure to have Puffs Basic Tissues on hand to aid in the unexpected clean up! We made the mistake of forgetting tissues for a recent road trip and were wiping our noses with toilet paper and paper towels. Ouch!
Bounce Free & Sensitive Dryer Sheets are a great static solution on the go. Rub along your electric-charged clothing item to help remove pesky static!
When packing clothing, try rolling versus folding. It often helps keep things less-wrinkled and can save space in your suitcase.
And to keep everything smelling fresh, longer, spray the inside of your suit case with Febreze Fabric Refresher Extra Strength.
It’s easy to get tempted by road side stops for fries and ice cream, which can add up and increase your budget.
Try bringing cut fruit, veggies and bags of trail mix to help curb everyone’s appetite! And don’t worry about the mess, Bounty DuraTowels White Paper Towels are perfect for spills and sticky fingers.
Bathroom pit stops can often be annoying if certain amenities are missing – don’t leave the house without bringing your own Charmin Basic so you’re always fresh and comfortable.
Keep your mouth feeling fresh too by bringing Oral-B Pro-Health Cross Action Manual Toothbrush and ORAL B Pro-Health Glide Floss so you can head back into the car feeling rejuvenated, ready for the next leg of the trip.
Long car rides can often result in smells you’d wish you left at home. With leftover snacks sitting around, get rid of the odours by using a Febreze Car Vent Clip Air Freshener to keep your vehicle fresh for hours and hours.
Always remember to bring a first aid kit. No one wants to get sick on vacation so be prepared for everything that may get thrown your way. From cuts, bruises, to colds and allergies, be ready to tackle it all so the fun never stops!
Win a P&G Summer Travel Essentials Prize Pack
Want to make sure you have the travel essentials for your summer vacation? One lucky Kids On A Plane reader will win a Summer Travel Essentials Prize Pack from P&G Canada including:
- Febreze Car Vent Clip Air Freshener
- Febreze Fabric Refresher Extra Strength
- Scope Outlast
- Charmin Basic
- Puffs Basic Tissues
- Pampers Sensitive Wipes
- Bounce Free & Sensitive Dryer Sheets
- Oral-B Pro-Health Cross Action Manual Toothbrush
- ORAL B Pro-Health Glide Floss
- Bounty DuraTowels White Paper Towels
Giveaway is open to Canadian residents 18+ only (excluding Quebec) and closes on Wednesday June 25, 2014 at 11:59PM EST.
*Disclosure: I am a P&Gmom/mamanP&G. As part of my affiliation with this group I receive products and special access to P&G events and opportunities. The opinions on this blog are my own. By entering this contest you are accepting that, if you win, your contact information will be shared with a P&G PR and shipping agency for the purpose of mailing your prize. Please allow 4-6 weeks from the contest closure date to receive your prize. This giveaway may appear on other blogs as part of the #PGmom program. However, to be fair, you can only win once per giveaway. If your name is chosen more than once, another winner will be selected. All winners must be from within Canada excluding Quebec.