This trip was completely different from all my other travels, it was the very first time I traveled alone with kids! I decided to treat my nephew and niece with a special weekend, they were only 5 and 8 when we did this trip. It was their first time at Disneyland Paris, and they had no clue about where I would take them.
Regarding packing, the way I prepared it was quite simple, my sister-in-law took care of the kids’ luggage, and I did my part. Considering it was just a weekend, of course packing went quite smooth, with a few details…
Considering I live in Ireland, and I was traveling to France, try to guess what I forgot at home? Maybe a plug adapter? Yep, that was my fail… The good thing is that I had the power bank, which was enough for almost three charges, and the fact that I rented a car and it had USB socket, I could charge the phone while driving.
Regarding the camera, why a different and lower range one this time? What was the reason? Mostly to avoid distractions, after all, three days with two kids under my responsibility isn’t a joke. Then, also because I thought it would be a fun way to initiate my niece into photography, which I think it worked fairly well. Which also meant that I didn’t have to use the camera at all.
Clothing, hygiene and extras
- Lowe Alpine TT travel backpack
- 2 small backpacks for the kids
- a plastic bag for the dirty laundry
- conditioner (for her)
- shower gel
- tooth paste
- 3 tooth brushes
- 1 hair brush (for her)
- 1 rain coat
- 1 jacket
- 1 hoodie
- 1 pair of pants
- 1 pair of boots
- winter shirt
- 3 t-shirts
- 3 boxers
- 3 pairs of socks
- Kids’ clothing:
- one full set per day for each one of them
- one extra set for each
- 1 rain coat for each
- 1 pair of boots for each
Even though it looks like a lot, it wasn’t. The spare set of clothes wasn’t needed, but we always carried it with us just in case we would get wet in some rollercoaster, though that didn’t happen. The same applies for the boots, the weather is always quite unpredictable, and with kids…
Of course there must be some kind of strategy when traveling with kids, so I left everything in the hotel that would only be used the following days, and with us we took a spare change of clothes (for them). The goal was not to let anything ruin the day, and thankfully everything went as smooth as possible.
Basically everything went really well, a bit of overpacking on the kids side, and a power adaptar that stayed home…
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