When you are going for an air trip with kids, the biggest issue is what to pack and how to pack. In order to pack in a space-saving manner is extremely important to have a stress-free and enjoyable trip.
You do not want to have a load of clutter here and there, while you are staying in a hotel room. And, then pack everything again for a hotel check-out gets challenging. Obviously, you do not want to waste your vacation in packing and unpacking all the time.
For domestic flights, almost all the airlines charge extra money for check-in luggage. Although you can take a carry-on with you, still you cannot pack EVERYTHING in your carry-on.
The good news is if you know these hacks, you might be able to take everything you need in your carry on bag.
So if you are planning something with kids, the biggest concern is what to pack and how to pack in your suitcase for air travel so you do not end up leaving essential items.
The most important thing is the “Minimalist Approach”.
To be honest, with kids there is absolutely no minimalism unless they are grown-ups and able to manage their stuff by themselves.
Recently, I have traveled to four destinations with two kids 3.5 years old and 2 years old, we were nine in total and, we had to take about 5 flights within 15 days.
It was not easy. Trust me!
Packing for everyone is tough especially when you are planning a vacation for more than a week.
Although we were traveling through southwest airlines and we were allowed to take 2 bags each passenger, still we could not overpack as we were 9 people. Therefore, we could not have 18 bags to stroll around multiple flights. All we needed was a reasonable amount of bags that pack 15 days of clothing and essentials.
In order to travel light, the best hack is, MINIMALISM. You cannot pack everything, but essentials. It is that simple.
During the holidays time, a lot of families seem to be traveling to see their loved ones and they may want to stay for a long time despite having other commitments.
There are a few packing hacks for my readers that can be helpful when you are packing your bags with lots of shopping and gifts.
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Space-saving Packing hacks for moms air-traveling with kids
This is something really hard to understand. It took me a couple of travels to understand what does it actually means. DO NOT OVERPACK.
Take the essential stuff only you think is necessary. When you are traveling, you hardly get time for unnecessary stuff that you may use once in a while at home.
For instance, no matter how religiously the self-care routine you follow, you may not want to take your pedicure kit with you if you expecting a busy schedule on your trip.
2. Foresee how busy is your travel
If you are traveling for leisure only, you can foresee how busy you would be while you are at the destination.
Do not take your hobby kits, if you are going to have a super tiring day.
3. Throw away boxes
For me traveling is fun if there is a lot of shopping. I love to shop and love to buy gifts for my family.
If you like to shop too, the best hack is to throw away boxes so that it can save you a lot of space in the luggage.
Also, if you are shopping from big stores like Apple or Macy’s, you can fold bags nicely and put it in the outermost luggage compartment to keep it wrinkle-free. You can use it on the destination while giving away gifts for your loved ones.
4. Buy small box gifts
Are you buying gifts for someone? Try to get something smaller where everything can be contained in a small box so it doesn’t take up a lot of space.
If you have gifts for the family choose things which may be smaller in size, not value.
5. Get travel size bottles
If you are going to have a short trip, using travel size bottles is the best thing you can do to save up space, stress, and energy.
Hotel rooms provide shampoo and basic toiletries. If you do not have any special preferences about shampoo, conditioner or other toiletries, you can use the ones your hotel has to offer.
However, do not forget your body spray, and deodorants. Hotels do not really have that.
6. Remove hangers Brand-new clothes
Brand new kids’ clothes come with hangers. If you do not have enough room in your luggage, remove hangers.
However, to be more organized you may want to use hangers to hang clothes in hotel rooms closets if you are staying for two or more days.
7. Brand new undergarments
Well, as a matter of fact, most of the time we tend to buy some new stuff for travel, for kids or for other family members. Whatever is in the boxes, unbox and put it in a ziplock or clear bag.
If it is a pack of clothes, take out unnecessary boards, paper, etc. it will save you tons of weight and space.
For instance, If you have a brand new pack of undergarments – The best advice is to unpack.
8. Packing pairs
Do you know the pain of a missing sock? If you are packing too many pair of socks or have new ones, tape each pair of socks with the help of a scotch tape so it doesn’t get lost in the luggage.
Also, you may want to put socks in your shoes (if any pair is staying in the luggage) to maintain its shape.
9. Saving bags in the luggage
Women bags and shoes get messed up in the luggage due to so much weight and luggage abuse at the airport.
Fill in your purses or shoes with small clothing items thus, they do not get out of shape.
10. Organize and utilize space efficiently
Packing luggage depends on your personality. Some people wants to keep it minimal and they do not know how to efficiently utilize the space. And pack a sufficient amount of stuff.
However, some are rough packers like me, they utilize the space, regardless of how the suitcase looks like from inside. I am still working on to have clean packing that looks pretty from inside too.
For efficient packing, you need to know what item needs space and which requires more weight.
11. Compression bags
Use compression bags if you have stuff with too much volume. You can get compression bags from almost every store like Walmart, target, Tjmax, etc. If you are short of time you can also order from Amazon and get it in two days of you are a prime member.
12. Packing Diapers
Well the money-saving tip, if you have a huge stock for diapers, the best thing is to take them with you whether its a domestic or international travel.
Moms traveling with little kids need diapers for little ones. Open and put in the closing lid.
Layer in the bottom of the suitcase.
Diapers do not have much weight but volume. Adjust diapers according to your bag and luggage requirements.
13. Packing Clothes for Multiple kids
Packing clothes for multiple kids – use ziplock bags for planning outfits for each day. When you are traveling with kids
Pin or tape your rolled clothes so you do not have to deal with luggage clutter or automatic unfolding
For makeup lovers – if you have a million palettes and you love all of them, you still gotta choose one or two that is sufficient and do justice to your makeover.
14. Use a pills organizer for jewelry.
If you are packing jewelry for your daughter(s) and yourself, there are chances you need to take a few pieces with you. In order to be precise about what to pack, take a pill organizer for tiny jewelry pieces. Also, you can organize according to days.
15. Hanging bag for toiletries if packing for the whole family
Although you can use ziplock bags for packing toileteris as well and if you are packing for two and more people, this is the travel hanging bag that can cater almost everything. The best part is it is available in two sizes, large and extra-large to pack for the whole family.
Bags are good to keep everything contained in one place. For toiletries or makeup bags, use the most lightweight bags you have in your closet.
16. Choosing travel-efficient Bags
It is not recommended to travel with a bag that weighs 10lbs already without luggage.
Get a lightweight, hard-side, four-wheeler spinner luggage that you can stroll with one hand. It is super essential for your travel with a kid.
There are chances when you have to pack a lot of stuff you have to organize it and balance the weight between items that have volume and small items having more weight.
As a rule of thumb, for instance, if you are packing things with super volume like diapers and pillow, I highly recommend you to choose duffle bags. They are light-weight yet have tons of space to accommodate pretty much everything.
17. Choose Digital scale
18. Kids carry on backpacks
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