Sometimes it can be difficult to decide what items are essential when leaving home overnight. Jenna Marbles has hilarious videos called “How Girls Pack a Suitcase”/”How Boys Pack a Suitcase” that show you exactly how we can over-indulge in what we think are the necessities when traveling and what we should bring for overnight bag essentials
When packing for just an overnight outing, it’s generally ideal to only have one bag. If you have children, then your needs are going to vary depending on the age and needs of the child. But there are still general guidelines for necessities for traveling, even with a child.
Things to consider when making your packing checklist:
• Clothing & Like Items: Your wardrobe will include something to sleep in that night, your next day clothes, and shoes. Something you never EVER want to forget is an extra set of underwear! Be as minimal as possible. Two pairs of shoes MAXIMUM. If this is a work trip, you may need nice shoes for the meeting or lecture you’re attending. Pack yourself comfortable shoes for the time you’re traveling. Also, if the weather is going to differ from where you are traveling from, don’t forget to plan accordingly (bring coats, gloves, hats, etc. if needed).
• Toiletries: Medication, if required. Try to obtain travel-size shampoo, conditioner, toothpaste, toothbrush, deodorant, soaps, etc. And of course women need cosmetics (or so most think so), but bare minimum: mascara, foundation, eyeliner, and lip gloss should do the job. If you wear contacts, bring an extra pair, just in case.
• Traveling Goodies: This list should only be as big as the trip you are taking. Meaning if it’s just a couple of hours, a book, or headphones to listen to an eBook or music (if not traveling alone) should suffice. Don’t forget any chargers needed (phone, laptop, etc.).
• Children Traveling Too?: Children tend to have accidents so it’s best to be prepared by packing them two outfits as opposed to your one. No matter the means of travel, it’s best to have something to keep the child(ren) occupied: tablet, books, small toys, handheld gaming device, or something you know your child(ren) will like. Extra snacks, bottles, diapers, formula, wipes, etc is definitely a must for any length of travel you undergo with your child(ren).