As a family, we take a lot of day trips. We will take a trip to Miami or Memphis for the day. Traveling with kids can be a production within itself. So taking a day trip it is best to be prepared as much as you can.
When I know we are planning to take a day trip I ask myself the below questions:
Where are we going – This is important because I can gauge what kind of clothes to wear and have some sort of expectations or something to look forward to.
What’s the weather – Raining, Cold, Hot?
Mode of transportation- Booster Seat?
What will we be doing – Walking/Site seeing?
Time difference- What time will we get there?
Once I know the answer to all of these questions it makes it easier for me to pack for the day trip. Because I have determined the basics I can now begin to pack. I will say that most of the time the same items are packed it is just if we need to pack additional items.
Traveling with Kids – What to Pack in A Day Trip Travel Bag
Extra clothes. I always pack additional items for the kids just in case (pants & shirts)
Snacks and water. If we are flying I usually wait and stop at a store after the flight
Jackets or Sweaters. It is usually always cold on a plane so this comes in handy. I still pack it if it is a car trip as well because some museums and restaurants can be cold
Umbrellas or Raincoats if rain is in the forecast
Extra phone charges/ Battery for camera
Booster seat. Most states require for kids under a certain age to use a booster seat. This is determined if we plan on renting a car or taking LYFT/UBER
The stroller is a necessity when walking around with Love. Again she does not like to walk for a very long time plus I can keep up with her.
Tablet or books for entertainment (depending how long travel is)
Cash for purchases where I’m not comfortable using my card. We went to Miami to a festival and I always rather pay with cash since I will make purchases at different vendors.
Lotion/hand moisturize. We wash our hands a lot when traveling because we are touching so many things.
These are few things we can easily pack in a book bag and carry on a plan or store in the trunk of a car. Taking a day trip to a museum, park, or any number of your favorite places can be easy and stress-free if you are prepared.
What items do you pack for short trips?