A few more words of packing advice:
- Take a good pair of shoes. Always.
- Don't pack more than you can run through an airport with.
- If you'll be cooking, especially for international travel, consider packing your own measuring cups and spoons. There's nothing worse than needing them, and not being able to find any.
- Simplify your technology: The more technology you have, the more you have to lose- and break. Take it if you need it, but consider low-tech options (travel sketch-books, journals, kids' maze books) for the rest.
- Leave room for souvenirs. We used to have two suitcases that fit perfectly inside each other, which meant we had an extra suitcase for treasures on the way home!
- Have each willing child carry a backpack with their own entertainment and nourishment. This empowers them, and helps share the load. Currently we love this Dot-to-Dot and this Walk in the Woods coloring book, as well as these extremely strong beeswax crayons.
- Never forget your sense of humor!
- Our sound machine, as well as this white noise lamb for Esther. It's portable, which means it can help block out sounds- like enthusiastic siblings- when we're traveling.
- We don't use a lot of pain medicine, but I always make sure to pack some if we're traveling. There's nothing worse than needing it at 3 a.m when everything's closed.
- I have friends with sensitive skin, whose children break out with different kinds of sunscreen. If that's your case, I would always pack it (in a ziploc within another ziploc if you're flying) to make sure you have it. I've been surprised what's hard to find from one place to another.
- An extra pair of shoes, whether that's flip-flops or crocs, just in case the first pair get drenched, muddy, or you lose one in the lake (Another true story.)
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