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Travel and Packing Tips for Parents

Be ready for fun in the sun!

Are you lucky enough to be heading for warmer climates with your family?Here are ten tips to help you with your travel and packing.

  1. Pack twice as many tops as bottoms, if your kids are out of diapers. People notice what you are wearing on top more because it is next to your face. Also, you are more likely to spill on your shirt than on your pants.
  2. Pack reversible clothing – if it gets dirty, turn it inside out!
  3. Roll your clothes – they take up much less room in a suitcase or duffel bag.
  4. Place your rolled clothes in resealable plastic zip lock bags. You can use one for each child for each day. These can be reused from trip to trip.You can also pack the dirty clothes in them at the end of each day. Squeeze out the air and toss in the suitcase.
  5. Pack a few unisex items in case one child’s bag is lost or delayed.
  6. Pack the same clothing items for each family member.  i.e. “OK, everyone – put 1 pair jeans, 2 pair shorts, 5 T shirts, a windbreaker,  pyjamas and 6 pair underwear in your bag.”  Bring hats, sunglasses and sunscreen for everyone whatever the season.  If everyone has the same type and number of items it is easier to keep track.
  7. Consider taking fewer pieces of luggage, as many airlines now charge $25 each way for a suitcase. Double up if you have several children. Their clothing is generally smaller so you can fit two or three children’s clothing in one bag.
  8. Check if there are laundry facilities at your destination. Tossing a load or two in the washer mid-week can save you money and will greatly reduce the amount of clothing you need to bring.
  9. Get suitcases with the new wheels that roll in all directions. Even your kids can help guide those around an airport.
  10. Think and pack light!

 Bon Voyage!

Carryon vs. Checked Luggage

If you are lucky enough to travel, you know travel has changed.

Instead of meals – you may get a package of peanuts.

Instead of free movies – you get asked to buy a headset.

Instead of checked luggage – there’s the $25 charge each way to bring your suitcase along. (This is absurd to me because my weight, plus the weight of my suitcase do not equal the weight of an average man … just saying).

So, in order to save some money you may consider packing a carryon instead of a full size suitcase. If you are used to having zillions of options and taking your whole wardrobe with you on a trip, you will be forced to cut back considerably. I actually find it easier to get dressed when the options are fewer.

Here are a few tips for packing your carryon:


  1. Choose a colour theme – one or two neutrals are perfect – maybe camel and black, or grey and navy.
  2. Add colour and change your look through accessories – no more than 3 pair shoes, jewellery, scarves, etc.
  3. Choose clothing that can be worn more than one way – reversible tops and dresses can sometimes be worn back to front or inside out.
  4. Pick clothing that can be dressed up or down according to what you plan to do. A dress can be worn with a chunky sweater over it for day paired with boots and tights. Swap those for sheer hose and heels, add a scarf or jacket and you have a whole new look for evening.
  5. Roll your clothing – it takes up much less space and prevents.
  6. Take more tops than bottoms – people notice what you wear on top more because it is next to your face.


Have fun spending that $50 you saved and pass the peanuts please. Bon Voyage! No lost luggage!