March 25, 2012
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After months of the winter doldrums, kids really look forward to spring break adventures. This spring, Todd Christiansen at Lands' End shares the following tips to help parents and kids dive into spring break packing.
A few weeks before departure, engage kids and build anticipation for the trip with planning sessions. Spend time together researching the weather and activities at the destination. This research will be helpful when it comes time to pack. Instead of waiting until the last minute to throw things into a suitcase, parents can set aside time before the trip to discuss the forecast with their kids and let them use that knowledge to help select their outfits. It's also a good idea to try everything on one last time. Kids grow, so make sure clothing fits before you go.
Other tips from Christiansen include:
Tip #1: Choose items that do double duty.
"Pack lightly" is a phrase that doesn't always work when packing for kids. To help minimize the load, look for pieces that are comfortable enough for everyday wear, but can be easily dressed up when needed.
- Swimwear: Swimwear styles in UPF 50, quick-dry fabrics make it easy and comfortable for kids to stay in their suits all day long. UPF 50 (the highest possible sun protection rating) also helps keep kids safe from harmful UV rays.
- Cover-ups: A stylish cover-up can be a girl's (and mom's) best friend.
Tip #2: Bag the best beach essentials.
If the beach or a pool is part of your spring break plans, it's important to pack all the essentials for fun in the sun. Families with itineraries dominated by water-related activities can avoid the unpleasantness of wearing wet swimwear by packing two, or even three, suits for each kid. Don't forget to keep sunscreen and plenty of water in your beach bag.
- Sun protection: Rash guards, cover-ups, sun hats and sunglasses can also help to keep kids' skin shaded.
- High-quality swimwear: High-quality materials and details help swimwear last through repeated use in pools and salty ocean water. Look for quick-drying fabrics, modesty linings that prevent peek-through and adjustable features that give kids room to grow.
- Beach Towels: Beach Towels in fun patterns and seafaring prints are a great way for kids to express their personalities.
- Accessories: Don't be afraid to let kids have a little fun with their swimwear and outfits.
Tip #3: Focus on feet.
Kids will have a hard time enjoying a visit to the zoo or museum if their feet hurt. Parents should choose footwear styles that are well suited to their vacation activities – even if it means packing an extra pair.
- Water shoes
- Walking shoes
Tip #4: Prepare for unexpected weather.
It's not always sunny in paradise. Keep the weather from raining on your parade by coming prepared with a lightweight jacket that will protect kids from rain and cold. If possible, choose a packable style that slips easily into a purse or backpack.
Tip #5: Select a superior suitcase.
It's no secret that luggage takes a beating, and kids are known for being rough on their stuff. Start by choosing luggage that is appropriately sized for pint-sized travelers. Then look for high-quality details such as lightweight, durable fabrics, telescoping handles and in-line skate wheels, to help it last trip after trip.
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