Mom Approved Travel Tips

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For a lot of families summertime means travel time, so I asked my mom friends to give me their favorite travel tip when it comes to smooth sailing with the family.  I got some great answers, so read on for that plus I have my favorite travel products, too.  
Top Travel Tips from the Moms:
*My top tip is to the use the Pack This! list.  Whenever I use this notepad that is preprinted with check boxes for every item you can think of, I never forget anything.  When I don't use it, I always leave something behind.  The list can be ordered at and I have also seen it at stores that include The Container Store in Scottsdale, Something Sweet in Tempe Marketplace and Urbayn in Chandler.  The pad comes with 60 tear-off sheets and sells for around $6.
*Jennifer says to plan to stop at different national parks if you are taking a road trip.  This idea breaks up the long drive and makes for a great adventure.  She tells me that disabled folks and senior citizens can get discounted or free passes into the parks, too.  For a list of national parks and for more information visit
*Kelly recommends asking each family member to plan one part of the trip.  We have done this and it is wonderful.  Several years ago we took a California road trip and our son requested a train trip, so we took a one day train ride from Santa Monica to Oakland and it was really fun.  My girl's wish was to spend one day lounging poolside and we all enjoyed that one for sure.
*Jill says to know how to pack your clothes so that they come out wrinkle-free when you reach your destination.  I agree and using dry cleaning bags rolled up always does the trick for my clothes when we travel.  Watch the segment to see how I demo this trick.
*Julie had a good one that I used to do when my kids were little and that is to purchase a few new toys and put them in the secret activity bag.  Then on a long flight or car ride, pull one item out at a time.  This worked great because the novelty of the item being new is a fun surprise that keeps them busy with the new items for a good long time.  Then when they tire of that, pull out another new activity.
*Judy recommends traveling with a small fan for white noise.  I wish I would have thought of that when we stayed in downtown San Francisco a few years back because it was noisy on those streets all night long.  Great tip!

Top Travel Products:
*Hog Wash with DermaVine Hand Sanitizer ($3.17 at or at Walgreens) – My favorite hand sanitizer that has a great name, Hog Wash and it comes in a travel size.  When traveling with kids…and really when traveling period….you will want your Hog Wash sanitizer.
*Avon Skin So Soft Bug Guard Plus Picaridin Line of Bug Guard & Bug Guard Plus SPF 30 Sunscreen ( – I love this line from Avon because when we go to see family in humid Austin, Texas my girl usually gets bitten up by all kinds of bugs that we aren’t used to seeing since we live in the dry desert.  
*Biore Daily Cleansing Cloths (10.99 at drugstores) – This product is perfect for a camping trip or for the show choir competition trip my daughter and I are taking.  She can easily remove her show makeup on the road.  Hypo-allergenic and dermatologist-tested, these cloths won’t clog pores or cause irritation.  Plus each cloth is double-sided with one textured side to provide mild exfoliation and a smooth side, too.
*So Cozy Starter Kit with Detangler ($30 at under the hair care products section) – I love this line for several reasons.  First the travel size is a nice bonus, but you also get a quality line of tear free shampoo and conditioner plus a swimmer’s shampoo, 2-in-1 conditioning shampoo and a styling gel.  
*Repechage Hydra 4 Travel Kit ($39 at – I like this line because I sport super sensitive skin on my face, so I was thrilled when Repechage came out with a travel kit since this line has calming ingredients that include olive leaf and aloe.  The set comes in a clear TSA approved bag and it includes a 4-step skin care regimen that can be done with ease when traveling.  Products included are:  Hydra 4 Cleanser, Hydra 4 Tonic, Hydra 4 Moisturizing Day Cream and Hydra 4 mask.  This is a great line for sensitive skin like mine.
*alternaVites Kids Quick Melting Multivitamin Melting Crystals ($15.95 for a box of 30 individual packets) – To make sure that your kids are still getting their daily vitamin, even when traveling, alternaVites is the perfect solution. The multivitamin & mineral crystals melt in the mouth and come in easy to pack individual packets.  They are also sugar free and contain no artificial colors, flavors or sweeteners.
*Modella Duffle Weekender Travel Tote ($14.97 at Walgreens & Wal-Mart) – Pretty travel accessories that house your cosmetics and toiletries for easy travel.
What are your favorite travel tips and/or products?  Tell me at and happy travels!