It can be difficult to plan a day trip with the family. Leaving the house with more than one child requires at least an extra bag, making you long for the days when you could just put your keys in your pocket and go.
We hope this list of must-haves for a family outing will help you avoid forgetting anything important at home and make preparations for your trip that much easier.
There’s nothing worse than rushing out the door in the morning only to realize you forgot to grab your keys off the kitchen counter. Put them in a spot where you will see them, where you will have to pick them up in order to lock the door (the key hole on the outside of the door is a good spot for this, but don’t forget you put it there).
Everything you need is on your phone now. It’s not just a device for times of crisis; it has everything you need to get around, from maps to money to actual tickets.
Power packs and/or chargers
Also, you’re in a bind if your phone dies. Put a spare charger in the bowels of your bag for just such an occasion. And don’t ever let on to anyone else about it, or it’ll be gone forever Family Outing!
Conveniently disposable e-cigarette
Your kids shouldn’t know that you enjoy the occasional cigarette, but a disposable vape can help you relax and unwind when life throws you a curveball. You can easily conceal your disposable vaporizer and use it whenever you feel the need.
It goes without saying that regular medication is necessary. Bring some pain reliever in case you get an ache, some bandages in case you get a cut, and some tweezers in case you get a splinter.
Box of Kleenex
There is no family outing without the inevitable tears and runny noses. Having a drink or ice cream cone melt on a white T-shirt is an unsightly sight. More than one package of these is required. If you have daughters and find that the restrooms you frequent are frequently out of toilet paper, you may want to bring along an extra package.
In addition to your tissue boxes, you should also have these. It’s important to keep in mind that whatever requires wiping is probably sticky as well.
You could take shelter in these if necessary.
Pack some of your favorite snacks so you don’t have to go into debt every time someone gets a little hungry. The unwary day trippers may find themselves at a restaurant or café that is solely intended to rip them off. If you bring snacks along, you can keep yourself satisfied while you look for a less expensive option.
Extra diapers and wet wipes
But only if you’re expecting a child! Kids who are a bit older won’t need them.
SPF and a brimmed hat
Even if it’s pouring rain, make sure your children are slathered and covered to avoid the tutting of other parents.
Cash on hand
It’s true that nowadays you have to pay for everything with a credit card or a smartphone, even parking. It’s a given that the car park you pick will have at least one broken machine that will only accept coins. Put some British pounds in a hidden place, like the bottom of your purse. (Again, don’t tell anyone they exist, or they’ll vanish before you know it.)