Being a momma bear is hard work that nothing in life could have properly prepared you for, but you manage to get along pretty darn well each and every day. Whether you’re a busy stay-at-home mom or a career focused 9-to-5 hustler mom, sometimes all you really need is a break.
Maybe you have a vacation on the horizon or maybe you’re planning for a European escapade with hubby and the kids, no matter what the state of your next vacation is, these travel mommy must-haves should be on your buy-list before you take flight!
5. Comfortable Shoes
Unless you’re living in the lap of luxury getting carted around the cobblestoned roads of Boston or throughout the tropics of the Bahamas, you can count on doing a fair share of walking. Don’t make the mistake of assuming your everyday shoes will cut it— odds are they won’t. Exchange those cutesy flats for a pair of sturdy shoes that will survive miles and hours on end.
If you have date nights on your vacation agenda, those adorable pointed flat shoes might come in handy, so don’t chuck them so quickly! There’s nothing wrong with a little extra shoe action to match your mood. In fact, we consider flip-flop sandals absolute essentials for any traveler. They come in handy in the shower, and are beach-ready whenever you are!
Comfy shoes don’t always have the most fashionable aesthetic, but be careful not to prioritize fashion over function. Your toes won’t forgive you no matter how many times you tell them “pretty hurts!”
4. A water bottle
Believe it or not, it’s not a universal norm for water to be free at restaurants. And when you’re traveling with a family, the cost of water per glass can feel like feeding an extra mouth! Expensive surprises can dampen an experience, so in addition to asking if the water is free, be sure to always have a reusable water bottle handy for quick, easy, and free hydration!
A reusable water bottle should be a must for everyone in your family. Saving the earth starts with families like your own, so by minimizing plastic waste, you can all keep disposable water bottles out of our oceans!
3. A lightweight backpack
Moms are the source of all things good to their children. The holders of candy, the toy providers, the food feeders, the piggyback people. However you self-identify, you know the needs of your children better than anyone. One of the biggest difficulties parents face while on the road with their kids is being far away from their routine.
Some kids aren’t the greatest with change, and some have their particular must-have objects to make everything feel okay. Be it a stuffed bear or a stash of vitamin gummies, it’s your job to be the walking-talking storage closet. A lightweight backpack makes that job infinitely easier.
Be sure to suit yourself up with a backpack with a number of pockets, compartments, and other easy-access features.
2. Athleisure wear
You’re mentally prepared for long days at the zoo and even longer flights, but is your wardrobe? One of the most common mistakes women make when packing their bags for a foreign adventure is packing for style over function. Of course, you want to look Instagram-ready in flowy sundresses and skinny jeans but after hours of Marilyn Monroe moments and restrictive walking, you’ll quickly realize how much you miss a simple pair of leggings.
Dress for traveling success by packing at least two pairs of plain leggings. It’s the closest barely-there feel you can get without streaking!
1. A Bluetooth tracker
Traveling with your family is a surefire recipe for losing things. Between hubby’s wallet and your favorite sunglasses, the adults can cause as much damage as the kids! Keep track of the things that matter most by attaching a Bluetooth tracker to them. The attached tracker is connected to an app on your phone that lets you locate that lost wallet or fanny pack with the click of a button. No stress, no problem!
Traveling with the family doesn’t have to be difficult, and when you come prepared with these 5 travel must-haves, you’ll be ready to face the many odds awaiting you at your next destination!
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