Kate Gosselin may not be the first person you’d turn to for advice on relationships…or dancing the paso doble…or staying out of the tabloids. But if you’re planning a vacation with your children and wondering how to keep things organized when you pack, a mom of eight is a pretty darn good expert on the subject.
In her blog for the Coupon Cabin site, Kate offers some advice on how to prep for a trip when you have little ones in tow. She has plenty of experience with world travel as a family, and this August she’ll do it again when older daughters Cara and Mady accompany her on a special “Cruise With Kate” aboard the Allure of the Seas.
Her first tip is super-sensible: Label everyone’s suitcases with their names to make them easier to identify when baggage-claim time comes around.
“I always pack the boys in one bag, the little girls in another, and Cara and Mady still share a bag as well,” she explains.
It’s a rare family vacation when someone doesn’t get sick or hurt (my poor daughter missed a day at Disney World because she was running a fever!). Knowing this, Kate always brings along a first-aid kit. But forget about the pricey pre-made kits you find at the drugstore, she says. A waterproof plastic container filled with bandages and medicines from home does the trick just as well.
“This has saved me many times when someone has a headache, a paper cut, an itchy rash or a bee sting!” she says.
Finally, Kate recommends packing kids’ suitcases with their pajamas and toothbrushes on top. “I learned this a long time ago when we arrived at our hotel very late at night and I had eight very tired and grouchy kids on my hands,” she writes. “At that hour, I need instant gratification upon opening each bag.”
Good advice, Ms. G. Now how about an article on what to do when eight little voices whine, “Are we there yet?”
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