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  • May 30, 2024 2 min read

    As parents, ensuring our kids are comfortable, entertained, and prepared during the journey is key. These are the essential items every parent should consider when traveling with big kids, focusing on sustainable, technology-free, and healthy options. 

    Technology-Free Entertainment

    Keeping older kids entertained without relying on technology can be achieved with a mix of engaging activities. Pack travel-sized board games, decks of cards, and classic games like chess or checkers in magnetic travel versions. Encourage creativity with sketchbooks, colored pencils made from recycled materials, and story-writing journals. Additionally, bring along a few good books or audiobooks for some quiet reading time. 

    Sustainable Blanket and Pillow

    For comfort during long trips, choose eco-friendly, organic cotton blankets and pillows. These items are perfect for keeping your child cozy on flights or during car rides. Opt for compact, roll-up blankets and small travel pillows made from sustainable materials, ensuring both comfort and environmental consciousness.

    Healthy Travel Snacks

    Healthy, homemade snacks are essential for keeping big kids satisfied. Pack a variety of fruits, such as apples, oranges, and berries, in reusable silicone bags. Homemade trail mix, granola bars, and veggie sticks with hummus can also be great options. Having trouble getting creative? Ask AI! Avoid single-use plastic by using stainless steel or bamboo containers, and bring a reusable water bottle to keep your child hydrated throughout the trip.

    Sustainable Travel-Size Toiletries

    Prepare a small toiletry kit with natural and eco-friendly products. Include biodegradable wet wipes, organic hand sanitizer, and travel-sized bottles of natural soap and lotion. Don’t forget a bamboo toothbrush and a small tube of natural toothpaste. Ensure each child has their own toiletry bag to encourage responsibility and independence.

    Eco-friendly Sun Protection

    Protecting your child from the sun is crucial. Choose a natural, reef-safe sunscreen that’s free from harmful chemicals. Bring along wide-brimmed hats made from organic cotton and lightweight, long-sleeve clothing to protect their skin. Sunglasses with UV protection are also a good idea, especially for outdoor activities.

    Sustainable Toys and Activities

    Incorporate sustainable and educational toys into your travel bag. Wooden or eco-friendly building sets, puzzles, and activity books can keep kids entertained. Consider bringing compact outdoor games like a frisbee or a jump rope for physical activity during stops. These toys not only entertain but also stimulate creativity and learning.

    Extra Clothing

    Always pack extra clothing for both you and your child. Choose clothes made from organic or recycled fabrics. Bring layers, such as an extra set of underwear, a T-shirt, and a lightweight jacket. Keep everything organized in a reusable cloth bag or backpack. Encourage kids to be involved in packing their own bags to teach responsibility.

    Journals and Maps

    Encourage kids to document their travel experiences with a travel journal. Provide them with maps and guidebooks of your destination to foster a sense of adventure and curiosity that they can’t get while looking at a screen.

    Traveling with big kids can be a smooth and enjoyable experience with the right preparation. 

    Embrace overpacking if it means peace of mind and a healthier planet.