Packing savvy for getaways with children

Planning an end-of-summer getaway with the family? Here are some tips for packing, traveling and getting through airport security with kids.

When it comes to family vacations, sometimes getting there is the hardest part. But it doesn’t have to be if you’re organized and smart about what you take with you.

For a family of four or five going on a one-week vacation, you only need two checked bag and one carry-on bag.

In the carry-on bag, pack one backup clothing option per person. This will be a life-saver if your checked bags are delayed or one of the little ones needs a quick change of clothes. Baby wipes are a good idea as well. Don’t forget to include snacks, games and a few other items to keep the kids busy on the journey.

If you’re traveling with kids older than 5, let them carry their own backpack with some of these less valuable items.

Finally, gather all the necessary travel documents and put them together in a document holder and keep them accessible in an outer pouch of the carry-on bag.

In each of the two checked bags, pack clothing for everyone in case one of the bags gets lost. Rather than packing an outfit per day, bring one color palette per person so you can mix and match clothing. Leave a little extra room for a collapsible bag for souvenirs or other items you might purchase on your trip.

To get through airport security faster, wear comfortable clothing, slip-on shoes and skip the jewelry.

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