Thursday, August 23, 2012

Day Trip Packing Tips—Part I

In our last few postings, we explored healthy and fun snack ideas for families to make & enjoy together so take them along on your day trips! In our next two postings, we will explore day trip packing tips. Today is all about taking a day trip to the zoo or amusement park.

When you're heading off for a full day of fun at the zoo or park, you must be prepared! You'll be walking a lot in the bright sun. You don't want to forget any essentials and have to cut your day short. And we don't have to tell you what happens if you forget snacks...

Here's a list of the items I never leave for a day trip without. It may seem long, but remember, you can keep some of the items in the car in case you need them.

  1. Cash
  2. Cell phone (in a plastic bag) 
  3. Water bottle - HALF FILLED FROZEN and then filled to the top with water! 
  4. Membership card, entrance pass or discount coupons for the park or zoo.
  5. Basic first aid kit 
  6. Book – for down time if your kids are on a ride (some of those lines get long!) 
  7. Camera – take a picture of each child when you arrive – so that if they get lost, you remember what they are wearing, and can show a picture of them
    Change of clothes – keep in the car 
  8. Comfortable shoes 
  9. Hand sanitizer
    Items for baby or younger kids – stroller, diapers, wipes, change of clothes, bottle, special food and toys
  10. Light jacket – keep in the car if there’s a sunny chance of meatballs 
  11. Prescription and over-the-counter medications that you might need (headache, allergy) 
  12. Phone numbers – type up a sheet of emergency phone numbers and put one in your kid's pocket, plus one in an adults.
  13. Hat - keep the sun from beating down on your head 
  14. Sunglasses  
  15. Sunscreen 
  16. Swim suit, towel, swim shoes – if you plan on adventuring on water rides 
  17. Wet wipes 
  18. Resealable bags – to put electronics (phone, camera) in if going on a wet ride
SASSY SAFETY TIP - Don’t have your little one’s name displayed on a bag, t-shirt or other item. Why? Stranger danger. Kids are more likely to drift if they hear their name. Strangers are a confusing concept to a little one, so however scary this sounds, please follow this tip!

Don't forget, have fun and be safe!