Things You May Forget to Pack Traveling with Kids
Packing for a trip is a hard enough as it is. But if you're planning on going on a vacation with your kids, this process becomes all the more critical - it's not like you can just go out and buy another stuffie if your kid forgets their favorite one. It's easy to lose your bearings and forget something essential.
But don't panic, below you'll find a list of must-have items that you can put in your suitcase right now, so that you there's no worry of forgetting them.
Medication

If you or your child needs any kind of special treatment regularly, be sure to stock up on all the necessary medications for however long you are travelling for, plus some extra. Also take non-essential medications, just in case: allergy meds, pain and fever meds, anti-nausea medication, etc. You can never know if you'll find what you need in the country you're traveling to. Keep all medications in their original containers and copy prescriptions, just in case.
Toys and Entertainment
This is probably the one thing that your kids won't forget to pack - you may even have to convince then that, no, they do not need to take their entire toy box with them! When deciding on what to take, think about what will provide them maximum amount of enjoyment or keep them occupied for the longest amount of time, for the least amount of space. While dolls and action figures are nice, there's not a lot to be done with them. Instead, consider taking a coloring or activity book, a tablet with pre-downloaded games, videos, and e-books, or a puzzle. Remember that kids love to play with their parents, so if you can, try choosing something everyone can enjoy.

Food and Water

This is more to help you save a few bucks while you are waiting in the airport and sitting on the plane, but it helps to pack some snacks to tide over tiny bellies and keep them occupied. Kids get hungrier much faster than adults, especially if they are excited or anxious (which they will be - travelling is something new and possibly scary!) so be sure to pack some healthy, non-perishable snacks. Think crackers, nuts, dried fruits, granola bars, and cereal rather - Fruits and veggies are usually restricted on international flights. Make sure to take re-usable water bottles that can be filled after you go through security.
Sun and Beach Protection
Chances are that you are going to be outside a lot on your vacation, especially if you are going somewhere warm and sunny. While sun protection is essential at ALL ages, it is even more important to establish good habits when kids are young.

Pack a wide brimmed hat that will cover their ears and neck. When choosing a sunscreen for them, go with the one that offers maximum protection and is suitable for sensitive skin (remember that anything above SPF 50 is not more effective and all sunscreen needs to be reapplied every 2 hours or after going into water). Light shirts that cover your child's shoulders and torso are a must, preferably ones that will dry quickly so that they can get wet.

Finally, even your child knows how to swim, it doesn't hurt to bring a lifejacket or PFD. There may be waves, undertows, unpredictable drops, wind, and other conditions that can be hazardous to even experienced swimmers.

Baby products

The first year of parenthood is stressful enough without planning a family vacation that the baby won't even remember - but if your family lives far away and can't travel to you, you often don't have a choice. If you're planning on traveling with an infant, there's a lot to think about, and not just for the plane ride. You need to prepare a lot of formula or pre-pump breast milk, diapers (especially if you have a specific brand you always use), blankets and bedding, loads of antibacterial tissues and some extra clothes for both parents and baby (and that's just in your carry-on bag). It's also wise to take other personal hygiene products because while a hotel will provide you with soap, shampoo, and everything else, an unfamiliar brand can irritate your baby's skin.

All in all, the most important thing to remember about travelling with an infant is to not forget about yourself - you might have 9000 blankets, soothers, and wipes for the baby, but if you forget your own toothbrush or a change of underwear it's not going to be a pleasant trip.
Documents
Children need to have a valid passport of their own above certain age; otherwise they must be listed on their parents passports. Be sure to apply a child's passport a couple of months before your trip, so that it doesn't become a last-minute hassle. Double check the vis requirements for the country that you are visiting well in advance, as well.

Depending on the airline, children are usually required to have their own seat, with the exception of infants (which are required to be held by their parents or sit in their lap the entire flight). In all cases, it helps to be prepared and have multiple copies of all of the paperwork that you need.

Extra Clothes

While you can get away with wearing the same thing a few times on your trip if you are travelling on your own, travelling with kids is another story altogether. Not only will your child get dirty (and this a guarantee, especially if you are going outdoors), if you're exploring and running around with them, you are also likely to get pretty dirty and sweaty too. So bring more clothes than you think you need. If you can, see if you can get a load of laundry done at your hotel or at a local laundromat if you are going away for longer than a week.

Children also tend to be more sensitive to extreme temperature changes, so it's important to bring lots of light layers that can be worn one at a time or all together.
Conclusion
Packing for a trip with your children is no easy task, but it can be one of the most rewarding experiences of your family life. Hopefully, this list will help you keep in mind all the essential things you need to take with you on your journey, and put your mind at ease a bit. Above all, remember to enjoy yourself and try not to get overwhelmed - after all, this is your vacation too!

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