Traveling with Kids Toolkit
There’s a ton more to pack when traveling with young kids but I wanted to share the tiny list I made while I was in South Carolina with my family and the boys. As the week progressed, I added items that I thought would be useful to have when you are staying in a home other than your own!
1. I have 5 Latchy Catchy’s and they are awesome. I have them on both the boys’ doors, the door to where the cat liter is, and the door to our guest room closet where Gravy loves to hide. They prevent the door from latching closed, but still allowing the door to shut completely in the frame. It makes opening and closing the door nearly silent. Perfect for sneaking in to check on the babies. I jammed a few folded up tissues under the one to the litter box just to make sure that door is very easily opened for the cats’ sake!
2. We had this sound machine but the softest setting was still incredibly loud so I got this one and it’s perfect. The white noise drowned out the sound of me and my mom and sister, as well as the unusual creaks and noises in a strange home.
3. It’s funny, I spent time making sure the window in the room David was sleeping in was all but blacked out so the room would be nice and dark, but I still wanted a nightlight in the far corner so I could see when I crept in there to check on him.
4. We bring our video monitors with us when we travel, so an extension cord allowed us to put it wherever we needed.
5. Speaking of monitors, we decided to never actually screw them into the wall. They are hung, very securely, using two strips of command velcro. So when we travel, we just need to bring some fresh strips with us to attach the monitors to the wall if we need to. Usually I rig up a system to avoid sticking things to the wall, but I bring them just in case!
6. WD-40! Guess which two rooms had the squeakiest doors? David and Luke’s. I wish I had thought to pack a little can of WD-40 to eliminate the creaking!
Again, these are only things that I wanted to mention that may not already be on the standard “traveling with kids” list. I hope it’s helpful if you have any summer travel coming up!