When you're out for a day of sightseeing, the last thing you need is extra baggage. You already have to drag around the kids, why haul a bag full of junk, too? On the other hand, you don't want to be unprepared and, say, find yourself outside a Porta-Potty in need of TP. Yikes! That's why we've asked our mom experts for their "must pack" tips for a vacation day trip.
The bottle may be a little bulky, but it makes reapplication so much less of a hassle.
Yes, kids, you have to wear them!
Small Water Bottles
Bring one for each person. You can refill them all day and avoid spending a fortune on overpriced drinks at tourist spots.
Extra Clothes (for Little Kids and You)
You know someone will be too excited to remember the potty in time ... plus pack an extra shirt for yourself 'cause you're not just a parent, you're a human napkin.
Ziplock Plastic Bags
Wet swim stuff? Dirty outfit? Found treasures? Just stick them in a baggie for isolation and/or safekeeping
Snacks in Individual Servings
Think granola bars, pretzels, no-fuss snacks (the less messy, the better) because sometimes a well-timed pick-me-up can prevent a major meltdown.
Perfect for on-the-go cleanups, plus you can skip the search for a sink when it's time to eat.
Portable Changing Pad/Diapers
Most places have changing stations, but not all of them. (And the ones that don't are usually ones where you really don't want your baby's tush touching anything!)
Individual-Serving Formula Packets
Rather than lugging around that heavy (and expensive!) container, slip a few lightweight packets in your bag for bottles on the go.
A little cell phone or hand puzzle takes up almost no room and may make a long car/bus/boat ride more pleasant for all.
What are you going to do if the rain starts one hour after you hit the beach? Read your guidebook and come up with a new plan, quick!
Sometimes an "owie" just won't stop hurting without one.
A Camera and Extra Batteries
Capture memories without worrying about when your camera's going to die.
Let your kid(s) snap away all day. And make them a photo album when you get home—a souvenir they'll never forget!report abuse