If you are planning to go on an outing with the whole family, there is some planning you will need to do. It takes logistics and organization to plan a trip that involves multiple family members of varying ages. Check out these pointers for what to take on an outing.
What to Take on an Outing With the Whole Family
First Aid Supplies
It never fails, when you go anywhere with kids, you will need an adhesive bandage. Be sure to put together or purchase a pre-made first aid kit to keep in your vehicle. If you put together your own, include bandages of assorted sizes, antibiotic ointment, and itch cream.
When you go anywhere in a vehicle with multiple people, and especially kids, you will end up with plenty of trash. Pack a package of trash bags in your vehicle so you have them ready to bag up and pitch any trash that is accumulated during the outing.
Wet Wipes and Hand Sanitizer
While you are on your family outing, you may not be able to get to a restroom to wash your hands. Be sure to keep wet wipes and hand sanitizer on hand at all times to clean up sticky fingers and faces and wash off dirty hands.
You can almost bet money on someone getting hungry as soon as the car starts. Use an old reusable school lunch box or bag to bring a variety of snacks along for the trip. Choose snack items that won’t create a great mess but have some nutritional value or at least enough flavor to satisfy everyone. Good choices would be granola bars, gummy snacks, apple slices, peanut butter crackers, plain crackers.
Don’t forget to pack a small cooler for drinks. Add a little ice then fill the cooler with bottles of water and juice packs.
It doesn’t seem to matter how long you are in a vehicle — whether it’s 10 minutes or 10 hours, kids will invariably complain of boredom. Grab a backpack or a tote bag and pack it full of items to keep everyone busy and entertained.
Some items to include would be coloring books, puzzle books, crayons, small story books, small toys, small handheld electronic games, small drawing pads and other activity books. You may also want to bring a portable DVD player and a few DVD’s for the trip or some CD’s for the whole family to listen to.
When planning an outing for the whole family, it’s important to remember things to keep everyone busy, snacks to keep everyone fed, and supplies for boo-boos and messes. Plan your trip then stock up on all the necessary items to make the trip smooth and fun for everyone involved.
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