While traveling on your own or with another adult can get hectic, if you’re bringing kids into the mix as well, it can seem almost impossible to keep things organized and running smoothly. But luckily, with the right planning and preparation, you can find ways to keep yourself neat and organized even amid the chaos of transportation and small hotel rooms.
To help you see how this can be possible for you, here are three tips for staying organized while traveling with kids in tow.
Plan for Traveling With Kids
Hang Your Toiletries
When you’re at your own home, you likely have your own space where you can keep certain things away from your kids. But when you’re all stuck in the same space while on the road, keeping the wrong items out of their hands can be a challenge.
To help with this, Shannon McMahon, a contributor to Smarter Travel, suggests that you try packing all of the toiletries that you don’t want your kids to get in a hanging toiletry bag. By doing this, you’ll be able to keep certain items out of their reach, like your razors or expensive products, while also keeping all of those things organized and off the bathroom counter or shoved in your bag for the duration of your travels.
Always Bring A “Diaper Bag”
Depending on the age of your children, you may or may not be packing around diapers anymore. But regardless of this, Elizabeth Larkin, a contributor to The Spruce, recommends that you always bring a “diaper bag” when traveling with your own children.
In this bag, you should consider packing things that will both keep your kids entertained and help them avoid getting cranky while you’re traveling. You should also include things like wipes, tissues, and hand sanitizer so that you’re ready for anything that might happen while you’re in transit.
Just make sure that, if you’re flying, you haven’t packed items that will make it difficult for you to get through security, like liquids that you’ll have to throw out before you’re even able to let your kids have them.
Pack Your Suitcase Strategically
Once you have everything put together that you’re going to be taking on your trip, it’s worth thinking strategically about how to pack these items so you can stay as organized as possible.
To help you with this, Mandi Rogier, a contributor to USA Today, recommends that you keep anything that you might need soon near the top of your suitcase or by the zippers. By doing this, you’ll easily be able to access these items without having to tear your whole suitcase apart if you wind up needing something before you reach your destination.
If you’ll be traveling with kids soon, consider using the tips mentioned above to help you stay organized while on the road.
Take a look at this other article to learn more about how to plan a road trip with kids.