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8 Must-Haves When Packing for a Family Out-of-Town Trip

Keep tabs on everything you need through this printable checklist.

"It's like one big production number," is what you'll often hear from practical and ever-ready moms when it comes to packing for a simple day out to the mall or church. Call it a form of mother's instinct; moms love to be able to think ahead and have a life-hack solution to every possible mishap.

However, packing for a trip doesn't have to be stressful! Leave unnecessary worries behind and make room instead for these essentials for a fun and safe family out-of-town trip:

First-aid Kit

It is always wise to have two sets of first-aid kits prepared for your family's specific needs. Make sure your husband and kids are not allergic to the non-prescription tablets and capsules you will bring. Also include staples like gauzes and antiseptic for scratches and wounds.

If your kit has a pocket (otherwise, place in a small re-sealable clear plastic), slip in "small helpers" like safety pins, rubber bands and mini alligator clips.

Trail Mix

Aside from your packed meals, prepare beforehand a filling, healthy dry snack that won't easily get spoiled. The best thing about trail mixes is that you can whip up a batch of crunchy-chewy ingredients that depend on your preference. But as a discerning mom, do prioritize healthier choices like almonds, cashews, raisins, dried fruit and corn flakes.

Clean Water

Along with food, clean water is another top must in this list. Getting dehydrated is definitely a no-no. Bring reusable clean cups, too! Make sure each family member has his or her own supply of pure and safe Wilkins Distilled Water sufficient for the trip. Wilkins is internationally tested, certified and recommended by doctors. It undergoes 8 stages of purification, which makes it a great choice when it comes to giving your family safe drinking water.

Wet Wipes

Food spills and general messes are inevitable in a trip, so pack a steady supply of wet wipes for easy cleanups. Tip: Instead of bringing one large pack consider taking with you, small or medium-sized packs so that even if you or any of the family members forget to tightly shut the opening, only a few sheets will lose their moisture.

Extra Change of Clothes

If food spills, at least you and your little ones have an extra change of clothes to use for the rest of the journey. If you're packing for an overnight out-of-town trip that may last for a couple of days, make sure there is an extra set that is apart from the needed set of clothes–unless you don't mind the hassles of doing a quick laundry.

Mosquito Repellent

Outings are supposed to be fun and safe. Shield your family from possibly contracting dengue with mosquito repellent. If possible, choose an organic brand or one that has mild formula that is not harsh on the skin and won't harm the environment.

Reading Materials

In this age of tablets, it is tempting to just hand your kids these gadgets to keep them from getting bored. But why not use this as a chance to encourage them to read instead? Pack colorful cloth books for babies and interactive books for smaller children. For older kids, you can choose interesting books on their topic of interest or a gripping fiction.

Re-sealable or reusable plastic bags

Stash a couple of biodegradable plastic bags for packing wet clothes or trash; re-sealable bags in case you need to waterproof your gadgets and other valuables. 

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This article was created by Summit Storylabs in partnership with Wilkins Distilled Drinking Water.