Welcome to Part 1 of The Undomestic Mommy’s Winter Holiday Travel Guide. You can find the rest of the series here.
We all just made it through the first big holiday of the season, Thanksgiving, and hopefully all in one piece and with our sanity in tact! Lol. But for most of us that is merely the beginning of our holiday travels and many of us will be doing a ton of running around and going from one relative’s home to another. And with so much running around, and most likely staying with family for at least a night or two, it’s important that you have properly packed, so today I’m going to give you all some of my tips and tricks for packing when you’re traveling with kids.
- Get/Make a List- I cannot stress this enough! This is my number one tip by far and it’s a life saver. There are some really great pre-made lists online you can find by just doing a quick google search for ‘kids packing list’ which at the least are a good place to start. Making your own has it’s benefits as well. You can either write it on paper, which is great for adding things to on the fly when you think of them, or make an electronic version on your computer or smart phone (there’s an app for that…a lot of them) which is great for those who like to categorize things/get a little neurotic about how your lists look.
- Bring The List With You- Because you’ll have to repack all that stuff before you leave and this way you hopefully won’t forget anything.
- Pack Extra Clothes- Not just for the kids who are liable to get wet/dirty and need three outfits every. single. day. but for you too, especially for those who will be heading to states that get snow, like up here in Wisconsin, because regardless of what the weatherman, who is ~*nEvEr*~ wrong, says, there is a chance you may be staying longer than planned due to a blizzard.
- Hold Off On A Lot Of Toys- If it’s within a couple days of Christmas and your kiddos will be getting gifts, keep that in mind when you are deciding how many toys you allow your child to bring. It ends up being a lot to keep track of and will most likely all be ignored in favor of the novelty of brand new toys they get.
- If In Doubt, Pack It- This is my personal rule since if I think about bringing something and don’t I almost always need it (which is why my purse is heavy enough to use as a weapon).
The longer you will be staying the more you inevitable need to bring along. As much as a hassle it is, and how tempting cutting corners may be, it’s worth it to err on the side of caution and over pack (within reason) than it is to under pack. This requires you to have ample cargo room in your vehicle, which is definitely easiest with a van or SUV (personally I prefer a van as far as ease of getting kids in and out goes). And if any of you fellow Wisconsinites are looking to yourselves a new or used vehicle, like a Honda Odyssey mini-van perhaps, you could check out David Hobbs Honda out in Glendale, WI.
Have yourself a safe and happy holidays, and be sure you check back here for the rest of my Winter Holiday Travel Guides!
*This is a sponsored post, but all opinions and ideas expressed are 100% mine.*
I don’t know about you all but at my house fall is the worst allergy season and it’s always thrown a wrench into the back-to-school adjustment period, and my girls have my allergies too. So I’m going to take the advice from the allergy medication brand I trust most: Children’s Claritin!
Children’s Claritin Back-to-School Allergy Tips
1. Be sure to have Children’s Claritin, the #1 pediatrician-recommended non-drowsy allergy brand, on hand!
2. Multi-vitamins are building blocks to having a strong immune system. Make taking a multi-vitamin part of your
child’s daily routine.
3. Let there be light! Mold doesn’t like sunlight, so try to keep your curtains open during the day. Should be easy
during the summer months!
4. Did you know that most pillows trap allergens, dust mites, and bacteria? Monitor the cleanliness of the pillow
your child with allergies sleeps on and replace if necessary.
5. Back to school season means lots of laundry for many moms. Be sure to remove laundry from the washing
machine promptly. Allowing wet clothes to sit in the washer means mold can quickly grow there.
6. Monitor pollen counts and adjust outdoor before and after school activities accordingly. Dry, windy days
can be particularly high in pollen.
7. Showering or bathing at the end of the day as opposed to the morning can be helpful in removing allergens
from body surfaces and hair.
8. Stay hydrated! Always send your child to school with a bottle of water. Drinking lots of clear fluids through the
day can help get rid of toxins and flush out body.
9. Peak pollen production typically occurs in early morning, so try to plan outside activities at other times of the
*Disclosure: As a member of the Children’s Claritin Mom Crew, I receive product samples and promotional items to share and use as I see fit. No monetary compensation has taken place and any opinions expressed by me are honest and reflect my actual experience.*
Who absolutely LOVES that their kids have allergies??
If any of you raised your hand just now please go and reevaluate your parenting values/life.
As for the rest of us normal parents of seasonal allergy sufferers (or fellow seasonal allergy sufferers), I think we can all agree that life with allergies can be miserable! Which is why I’m excited to continue being a part of the Children’s Claritin Mom Crew!
As a Mom Crew member, I recently had the opportunity to host a “Spring in Your Step” Mom Meet-Up! I love doing product parties because I get a chance to take some of what I do here (rant & rave about products I’m passionate about) and do it in real life!
So, just to give you an idea of some of the things we did to help motivate us and get us on the right foot for a re-energized rest of the year, and hopefully promote improved wellness for all of us and our families! We did 4 lifestyle session:
An Exercise Session
- We did a light workout as a group (and did PLENTY of laughing at each other/ourselves)
A Healthy Cooking & Eating Session
- We swapped healthy recipes and had healthy snacks (okay, and maybe a drink or two lol)
A Pampering Session
- Put on some homemade face masks and did our best alien impressions.
A Girl Talk Sessions
- An important part of taking care of yourself is having fun with friends!
At the end of our Meet-Up I gave everyone this really awesome “Preparedness Checklists” which I’m putting at the end of this post for each of you to save and print out for yourselves! Overall, I’m calling this party a success because it definitely put a spring into our steps