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A Parents’ Guide To Packing

Summer’s almost here and that means camping trips, visits to grandparents and holidays near and far.  Here’s a packing list we think is useful for parents whether you’re just going up-island for the weekend, or travelling the globe.

Medicine & Toiletries

  • Thermometer
  • Toothbrush and toothpaste
  • Nail clippers
  • Emery board
  • Baby Tylenol or Motrin
  • Nasal aspirator
  • Infant saline drops
  • Your favourite diaper cream
  • Gravol
  • Q-tips for applying meds
  • Band-aids in various sizes
  • Unscented moisturizer
  • Polysporin

Other items for your carry-on/diaper bag

  • Disposable diaper wipes
  • Diapers (if you use cloth diapers… bringing a few eco-friendly disposables just for emergencies is a good idea)
  • A diaper change pad
  • Receiving blanket
  • Small picture books and non-rolling toys
  • Sippy cup or water bottle
  • Two changes of pants; 1-2 changes of socks and 1-2 changes of shirts; 2 pairs of pjs.
  • 1-2 good coverage bibs
  • 3 face clothes, and a small plastic bag for wet ones.
  • Barf bags
  • A portable DVD player with headphones
  • Magnetic travel games or decks of cards – 52 Fun Things to Do on the Plane by Lynn Gordon is a neat deck of cards with plenty of activities to keep kids of all ages busy
  • Your child’s favourite comfort object – blankie, soother, teddy, etc

Dressing for the Plane – choose clothing for the easiest possible diaper change/trip to the toilet, for example:

  • Pants with snaps through the crotch that don’t need to be taken off completely
  • An undershirt that is just a shirt, not a onesie
  • If using pjs, one-piece zippered ones are great
  • A sweater or extra shirt that buttons so that you can just undo it, or take it right off easily

Tip: If your travels are taking you out of the country, we’ve found Prism Imaging on Fort Street to be the most child-friendly place in Victoria to get passport photos done.

And to make traveling even more fun for kids, check out the Trunki wheeled luggage system for kids (pictured above and to the right), kids can pack it, ride it or even be pulled on it – way to make that airport time fun!  We’ve got the Trunki in stock in every color from pink to tiger-stripe – bring your kids in for a test drive!