Everyone loves traveling, but packing your bags can be a bit of a drag 鈥 especially when you鈥檙e packing for your kids too. Too many of us wait until the very last possible second to throw what we can into a suitcase before we go on our merry way, only to later discover we鈥檙e short on underwear and forgot baby鈥檚 favorite blanket. Time to break that bad habit. If you鈥檙e a traveling mom, check out our tips on how to pack smart and savvy. It just might make your next vacation a lot more enjoyable!

1. Start with a solid packing list. Figure out what you鈥檒l need to wear depending on your destination鈥檚 weather, as well as what activities you鈥檒l be participating in. Remember some items can be worn multiple times, but always make sure there鈥檚 enough underwear and at least one very comfortable bra. When you鈥檙e traveling with your kids, you鈥檒l want to pack extra, well, everything in the event of accidents, spilled sippy cups, and Cheeto hands.

2. Fold clothes before you go; roll clothes before you return. Many of us tend to overpack for a trip, leaving little to no room for extras (and you know your kids are going to want more than one souvenir). Before you leave, pack your suitcase with folded clothing. If you鈥檙e in need of space for your return trip, you can make some by tightly rolling those same clothes. Suddenly your kid鈥檚 new toy will fit, and you鈥檒l avoid any tears.

3. Pack 鈥渆xplodables鈥 into Ziplock bags. The last thing you want is diaper cream or your body lotion splattered all over your clothes. Make sure they鈥檙e packed securely in plastic bags where they won鈥檛 cause any damage.

4. Pack extra (empty) bags too. You鈥檒l want bags in a variety of sizes. Ziplocks are good for any liquids or gels you might pick up. Bring some larger bags to keep dirty shoes and other items separate from clean clothes. And don鈥檛 forget a larger bag for any other just-in-case moments (like an on-the-go diaper change when there鈥檚 no trash bin around).

5. Consider investing in some vacuum-seal bags. If you鈥檙e sure you鈥檒l be doing some serious souvenir shopping, this isn鈥檛 a bad way to go. It鈥檚 also a solid move if you鈥檙e traveling with multiple children, as you can divide their outfits into separate, clearly labeled bags, keeping everyone鈥檚 stuff nice and organized.

6. Call your destination ahead of time to inquire about borrowing or renting kid gear. You can get away with not bringing along a pack-n-play or even a high chair at many hotels. Check with your hotels ahead of time so you don鈥檛 bring unnecessary (and often bulky) items.

7. Bring along some baby wipes. For one, they keep your kids clean. For another, if you鈥檙e unable to get to a shower for a certain amount of time, these conveniently moist hankies will keep you fresher than usual.

8. Always, always, always bring along a couple of solid scarves. The possibilities here are endless; bundle it up as a pillow, lay it over your kiddo as a blanket, or even use it to protect your baby鈥檚 skin from a less-than-pristine changing table.

9. Organize an emergency supplies kit. It鈥檚 always best to be prepared for the worst. Pain and indigestion meds are a good thing to have on hand. Duct tape, a small pair of scissors, and a sewing kit can also prove to be handy. Figure out what works best for you and your family, and keep it all together in one handy kit.

10. Don鈥檛 forget the toothpaste. For some reason, even the nicest hotels rarely offer toothpaste. You nor your kids want to get caught with funky breath on the road.

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