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Pack Smart & Save Money While Traveling: 5 Items Not To Leave at Home

Sometimes prepping for a family vacation can be so chaotic, that you end up spending more than you intended simply because you have forgotten some essentials at home. Many tourist spots offer everything you need … but at a much higher price than you enjoy spending.

Here are 5 items you need to take with you on each family vacation…

  • 5 Things to Pack on Vacation to Save More Money 1 of 6
    how to pack to save money while traveling

    Save money even when you're traveling! Here are a ton of ideas and it all starts with how you pack! Click through... 

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  • First-Aid Kit 2 of 6
    first aid

    Travelers should be prepared for their adventure and for everything that could happen by packing a first-aid kit. Keep antibiotic creams, bandages, itch reliever, headache/fever medicine, allergy medicine, and sunblock in a portable bag, especially when kids are on the move. Having these items can help during an emergency fall or injury and can save you a lot of extra vacation money. Buying them at a convenience store or gift shop will be more pricey.

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  • Prescription Medications 3 of 6
    prescription

    In the rush to get out the door, you may forget necessary prescription medications. This can be a real hassle and an expense you don't want to deal with on the road. Necessary prescriptions should be refilled prior to the trip to be sure there is an adequate supply. They also need to be kept in the original packaging from the pharmacy. If you are flying, keep your medications in your carry-on in case your luggage goes missing. 

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  • Handy/Healthy Snacks 4 of 6
    snacks

    Whether you are traveling by plane, train, or in your own vehicle, it can save a lot of time and money to pack easily accessible, kid-friendly snacks. You could end up spending a lot of your vacation funds at the convenient snack bars, fast-food restaurants, and vending machines during your travel. Cut up fruits and veggies in individual baggies are easy to keep and much healthier than the junk food on the road.

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  • Foldable Extra Bag 5 of 6
    bag

    Don't forget about the return trip home. Bring along an extra bag or two that can be folded up in your suitcase but are sturdy enough to make the return trip home. Many people underestimate the souvenirs and other items they will be bringing back and end up spending a small fortune on a tourist shop duffle.  

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  • Unfair Weather Friends 6 of 6
    rain

    No matter where you are going on vacation, there is always the probability of at least one rainy day. Rather than pay double or triple prices for a simple rain poncho and umbrella after the fact, come prepared with a few dollar store pieces of rain gear. Many umbrellas are micro-sized to fit easily in a small purse. You can get dollar-store rain ponchos for the whole family for what it may cost you for one when in a tourist spot. 

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