The flight is booked, the hotel is reserved, and it’s time to start packing for your upcoming vacation. If you’re going to be heading out of town for spring break and you’ll be traveling with children, packing is a completely different beast to deal with.
As if packing for yourself isn’t challenging enough, when you have to account for your children’s needs while on the trip. Whether it’s your first time traveling with kids or you’ve left this packing to the last minute, today’s blog is sure to help ensure that you’re fully prepared for this upcoming spring break trip.
It doesn’t necessarily matter if you’re going somewhere exotic, you’re always going to want to pack a swimsuit when you’re traveling with children. While you’ve surely got an itinerary planned and plenty of activities scheduled in hopes of burning through their energy, there’s always the chance of your plans falling through.
If the weather turns out to be bad or your plans don’t work out for one reason or another, having swimsuits for your kids will make for a quick fix. Simply get them in their swimsuits and head to the hotel pool. If your hotel doesn’t have a pool, look for a rec center or aquatic center, and you’re set.
We can say it a million times and it will still ring true: packing is tough! One of the best ways to simplify the process of packing is to start with base layers. Find pieces that are going to be comfortable and easy and to mix and match. This might be a pair of jean shorts or leggings with a plain tank top or t-shirt. Not only are these items easy to mix and match with, but they’re easy to layer. If you throw in a few base layers that are interchangeable with one another, you’ve already made packing all the easier for yourself.
Always Pack a Jacket
This rule is very similar to that of the swimsuit. It doesn’t really matter where you’re going, you should always pack a jacket. Even the warmest of destinations have days full of bad weather. The last thing that you want is to be stuck somewhere tropical without a jacket for your child.
In those instances, you’re left having to run out to the souvenir shop and pay way too much for a jacket your child will never wear again. For that reason, we suggest always looking at the weather forecast for the week that you’ll be gone and making sure that a light jacket will be enough. If the weather looks promising, throw in a hoodie or a comfy zip-up sweater. You won’t regret being prepared for colder weather.
Pack a Little Extra
Between spilled food and playing in the sand, we can almost guarantee that every child is going to go through more than one pair of clothes on any given day of vacation. While surely not every child will make a mess of their clothes on vacation, it’s always to be prepared. Depending on the age of your children, extra clothes may also account for the chance of accidents while traveling. At the end of the day, you know your child best, and you know the likelihood of your child needing an extra change of clothes.
Keep Comfort in Mind
Looking cute is one of the many things taken into consideration while picking outfits, but when it comes to traveling (especially with children), you want to have comfort at the forefront of your mind. It doesn’t matter if you’ll be out enjoying excursions, walking all day, or laying on the beach, comfort plays a part in each and every vacation scenario.
As you pack for your child, make sure that you’re taking into consideration whether or not they’ll be comfortable in the items that you pack for them. Are they appropriate for the anticipated weather? Are they fine wearing these items for extended periods of time? Is the material that they’re made out of soft to the touch? These are all questions that you should be asking yourself, especially since being uncomfortable is sure to warrant a tantrum. Nobody wants to deal with that on vacation!
The last point that we want to make in regards to comfort is specifically focused on shoes. If you’re going to be bringing a pair of shoes that look great but likely won’t be comfortable for the entire trip, make sure to pack a set of tennis shoes that you know they’ll find comfortable. When going to amusement parks or vacations where walking is the main mode of transportation, complaints of aching feet are one of the first things that you’ll hear.
Get Everything Else Taken Care of in Advance
Packing for a trip with kids can be overwhelming and stressful. Depending on the ages of your kids you might have a few tantrums in the mix as well. Given that this is going to be a tad more difficult than traveling on your own do your best to take care of any other travel plans in advance.
If you’re going to be flying out of DIA, airport parking is one of those tasks that you can get settled beforehand. ParkDIA is happy to provide high-quality airport parking services for you to choose from. Just browse our rates and services and find the one that suits your needs. Enter the days that you’ll be traveling and reserve your spot. It’s as simple as that!
Once you’ve arrived at the airport, you’ll park your car and head on to the airport. While we can’t help with packing, we can make sure your parking is everything you need. If you have any additional questions or need further assistance, feel free to reach out to our team and we’ll get you taken care of.