Have you ever packed for an outing only to forget something really important, but managed to bring some completely useless item instead? Here are some tips to avoid over-packing and ensuring necessary items are not forgotten.
- A first aid kit. Ready-made kits already filled with some first aid items can be purchased at local department stores, but can be lacking useful items. Making your own first aid kit can prove helpful.
- Water. A water source is crucial to any outing. Not only does it hydrate well, water can be used to wash off messy children or clean a nasty cut.
- A change of clothing, appropriate for the environment and time of year. For those with small children, this can include your diapers and wipes—true necessities.
- A snack. This item is commonly overlooked as most people plan on stopping by a fast food restaurant on their way to a destination. However, by packing your own snack chances are you will pack healthier food that will travel more easily than what you purchase.
- Sunscreen. No parent wants to stay up at night with a child crying a painful cry from nasty sunburns. Nor does any parent, themselves, want to stay up at night crying a painful cry from nasty sunburns.
- Don’t forget a phone. If you plan to travel without a cell phone or into an area that does not have service, make plans to locate the nearest phone while on your outing. Access to EMS can prove life-saving.
- Knowledge of the area you plan to visit. Pack a map if you plan to travel or hike and be sure to stick to your intended route. Please do not rely on electronic devices for easy routes.
- Always carry a camera. Let’s face it—we all believe our child is the most adorable, and rightfully so. Give yourself a chance to capture those memorable childhood moments.
- A travel plan. If your outing consists of visiting a park or other natural area, be sure to tell someone of your trip specifics. For instance, alerting family or park staff of where you plan to be and how long your trip will take gives you someone to rely on in case you get lost.
- Money and identification. Problems can and will occur. Items will be forgotten. Cash on hand can remedy a lot of unforeseen issues.
You are now ready for your trip. Be safe, have fun, and document your travels for great stories later!