1. Ziploc Bags: They are good for packing and keeping everything in order. A Ziploc bag with your child’s name on it for underwear, another one for socks, t-shirts, etc . It makes it easy to find what you need when you get to your destination. Also good for snacks and soiled clothes if someone happens to get sick on the plane or in the car.
2. Extra set of clothing in your carry on bag: I am not saying the airline is going to lose your luggage, but it is good to have just in case.
3. Wipes and Tissues: I don’t care how old your kids are, wipes and tissues are always good to have in case you can’t wash your hands, there is no toilet paper in the bathroom, etc. It is always good to be prepared.
4. Take your Meds and Thermometer: Don’t forget to take your own adult prescription meds, but also have a Ziploc bag with a thermometer, children’s Motrin, adult Advil, bandaids and Neosporin. If someone gets sick or hurt, you don’t want to be running around looking for these things. (Remember to take prescriptions meds in carryon and all liquid items in your checked in luggage.)
5. Google and print out some helpful info from internet
– Google “fun facts for kids about (insert your destination)” and “best places to take the kids (insert your destination)”
– Trip Advisor: big fan of traveler reviews for top restaurants, things to see and places to stay
– Frommers/Fodors book: I also go “old school” and take a current book for my actual travel destination from the library. Since they get dated so quickly, it does not make sense to buy an actual copy.