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Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Must Have Essentials for the Kids When Packing for a Sun Destination Vacation

After all the time you’ve spent researching, saving, and planning for that sun vacation, it would be great to think that your work is done – unfortunately, there is one more hurdle to cross. Packing for the kids always rests on the shoulders of mom and dad, and since you are likely busy getting your own things together, it can be easy to forget to throw key items into the suitcase.

To help ensure your sun destination vacation is all you hoped it would be, here’s a look the must-have essential items that you’ll want to pack, and that could help you avoid potential drama while on vacation.

A Few Swimwear Options
If you plan on heading out for any more than a couple of days, then you’re going to want to pack more than one swimwear option for your child. Kids are notorious for not wanting to slip into a wet bathing suit, and let’s not forget the fact they tend to be a bit messy.

If you happen to have a tween, then they are at the age where they are also more conscious of what they’re wearing, which means mom and dad better be prepared with a number of options. Popular tween bathing suits include tankini style bathing suits, those with large, bright prints, ruffles, bandeau style two-pieces, and one-piece suits perfect for water and beach activities.

Plenty of Sun Protection
Another must-have essential is sun protection for the kids. This means SPF, a sun hat, and sunglasses that protect against UV rays. For kids who love to be in the water all day, you may want to consider swimwear that has built-in SPF protection. You can find swimming tops (long or short sleeved) which are perfect for covering sun sensitive shoulders, backs, and chests.

As for SPF sun protection, look for something that is waterproof so you can increase its effectiveness. Keep in mind you’ll need to reapply the waterproof lotion after 80 minutes of water time.

Plan for the Worst-Case Scenario
With kids, you just never know what may happen, so it’s best to plan for the worst-case scenario and pack accordingly. This means packing such items as aloe for sunburns, pain and fever medication, a travel first aid kit, insect repellent, insect bite cream/lotion, allergy medicine, motion sickness medication (it may be necessary for long car, plane, boat, or train trips), and tummy medication for upset tummies.
Beach Appropriate Footwear
Footwear is one of those things that often gets forgotten. Kids head off on vacation in one pair of shoes without parents thinking about what will be needed at the destination. Ideally, you will want to pack sandals, water shoes, or flip flops for the beach and pool area and then have a separate pair of shoes that stays dry for all other activities.

Bring Your Own Towels
While many hotels and resorts provide towels for guests, they aren’t always large enough. You may want to think about bringing your child’s own towel if you’ve got room in their suitcase.

Activities, Games, and Toys
Now, let’s not forget that while relaxing by the pool with a drink in your hand may be exactly what you’re looking forward to, kids tend to look for a bit more action. With that said, it’s a good idea to pack some activities, games, handheld video games, books, and even favorite toys for them. These can come in handy while traveling to and from the destination, as well as at the destination itself.

A Light Jacket
Even in the warmest, most beautiful destinations the weather can still be unpredictable. This is exactly why you will want to pack a light jacket for the kids. A rain jacket is usually the best option. This will ensure they are dry and happy no matter what you are presented with.

Traveling with a Baby?
For those parents who are planning to travel with a baby, the packing can prove to be a bit more in-depth. Unfortunately, you will just need more “stuff” than you do with older kids. You need to think about things such as a car seat, a baby monitor, bottles, baby food, diapers and wipes, a stroller, clothing, blankets, and toys.
Make a List to Make Things Smoother
Because there is just so much to remember when packing for the kids, it’s a good idea to make a list that you can refer to. You’ll be able to tick off things such as passports, tickets, and clothing as you pack it.

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