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How to Pack for a Family Vacation

by Jeannie Anderson 05/12/2019

A family vacation is great! It's an ideal way for parents and their kids to feel fresh and have fun after the daily grind at the office and the school. A family vacation also creates beautiful memories and strengthens the bond of a family. However, before parents plan out a family vacation, some essential things must tag along with them and failing to pack these things can potentially ruin the whole holiday. Apart from the clothes, do you think you know any other essential things? Take a look below: 

The Basics

- Driving license or tickets for bus, train or plane

- Camera to capture the moments as well as its charger to power up the battery when it gets low

- Mobile phone and charger

- Toothbrushes and paste

- Cash

Medication

- First aid kit

- Painkillers

- Disinfectant

- Mosquito repellent

- Ice spray

- Band-aids

Going Abroad

- Passport and visa document

- EU adapters

- Proof of relationship in case your children have a different surname

- Insurance documents

Beach Items

- Sun hat

- Sunscreen lotion

- Sand toys

- Blanket

- Towel, and wipes

Do You Have a Toddler?

- A bag of snacks is always a great idea. As the saying goes, an apple a day will keep the doctor away. When going on a vacation with a toddler, it is advisable to bring the snacks because a bag full of snacks will keep your kid's boredom away. However, you need to be careful about the kind of meals you bring along. Avoid sugary snacks if you don't want them to have a stomach upset.

- Cartoons: While on vacation with kids, ensure you load up your smartphone with some kids’ cartoons like Dora the Explorer, Peppa Pig, Wonder pets, etc. Kids shows are a lifesaver and would give you some alone time to rest.

- Toys: Even if the vacation is just a couple of days, make sure you bring some toys if you don't want to hear any whining or see any displeased faces.

- Extra diapers: If your kid is still using diapers, ensure you take some extra with you. Just in case things get messy. Kids can get very cranky if their diapers get soiled.

- Extra wipes: It is second nature for babies and toddlers to drop spits. Get a rolled tissue for easy cleanup.

- Garbage bag: Kids are known for creating a mess. With that in mind, make sure you have a garbage bag with you to dispose of the mess your kids will make, for those moments you aren't close to one.

Think about your everyday needs and cross check that with your travel needs to ensure you have everything necessary.

About the Author
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Jeannie Anderson

Alain Pinel Realtors® is proud to announce our association with Jeannie Anderson. An integral part of APR is the collaboration of high caliber, capable professionals, and Jeannie certainly fits that profile.

APR is dedicated to excellence - and our association with Jeannie Anderson is a bright example. Jeannie Anderson, (GRI, SRES, CRS) is a real estate marketing representative who takes great pride in her business and community involvement.

Consistently in the International Top 100 Agents, Jeannie is celebrating 39 years of real estate experience. Jeannie has been featured in the San Francisco Chronicle & the WSJ, and is a popular consultant to the media.  In 2000 she became the youngest and only the 5th woman to serve as President of the SF Assoc. of Realtors in its 105-year history. She was awarded the prestigious "Agent's Choice" award by Pacific Union in 2000. In 2004 she was the recipient of the  "Most Inspirational Award", which was created in her honor. She and her husband previously owned Anderson Antiques for over 36 years, as well as Anderson Spa Warehouse. In her spare time, Jeannie is an accomplished musician and plays professionally with many well-known musicians in the Bay Area.

As Jeannie's clients will testify, her hard work, knowledge of the market, and superb service prove that she puts her clients first.

Reasons to work with Jeannie:

  • Positive can-do attitude
  • Excellent negotiator
  • Sense of humor and enthusiasm
  • Patient and conscientious
  • 36 years of experience

1982 - Present

  • Member of the San Francisco Association of Realtors
  • California Association of Realtors
  • National Association of Realtors
  • San Francisco Women's Council of Realtors

2003- Present

  • Member of the Contra Costa Association of Realtors and Contra Costa Women's Council of Realtors