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Kate Gosselin's Tips for Traveling With Kids!

Packing is a lot simpler when Kate's traveling alone.

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?”

[Photo: via PacificCoastNews.com]

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