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February 08, 2010

Packing List for Family Trips

Whether it be a trip south or a trip up north...here are some tips for packing for the family.  You might remember my Yummy Mummy Club article on "Double Duty Packing" - this post is more reading on that subject.

  • Passports?  You can download Canadian Passport applications and renewal forms online.  (Bonus: they now mail passports to you so you only have to go to the office once!)
  • Drugs. (not the illegal kind)  Always take your medications with you on the airplane.  When travelling with kids it's helpful to carry along your trusted kid-pain/fever medication (Tylenol, Advil, etc).  Other helpful drugs: kid antihistamines (to reduce swelling for bug bites) and gravol.
  • Pens & Paper.  No mother ever said "geez, I wish I hadn't brought those pens and paper".  Bring them!  They are great bordom busters (think: tic tac toe), teachable moment tools (think: travel journal for the kids) and important for leaving notes for your spouse as to why they are waking up alone with the kids (Think: went to the gym)  
On subject yet aside: read my other Yummy Mummy Club article on Hot Travel Tips for family trips...it starts like this..."DON’T pack the naughty drawer. The only thing vibrating in the night should be your phone (and really you should turn that off)."

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2 Comments:

At February 11, 2010 at 3:05 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

FYI - I believe you actually have to pay extra if you want to go in and pick up the passport now.

Karen

 
At March 1, 2010 at 12:09 PM , Anonymous Ouidad Blog said...

Thank you so much for this handy list of tips! I'll be passing it along to my friends.
-Deb

 

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