Memorial Day weekend is a great time to get away with your family. Not only are the kids probably out of school, but many employers give their workers at least a little extra time off for the holiday, so it’s relatively easy to enjoy a weekend trip to kick off the summer. If you are planning a Memorial Day trip with your kids this year, don’t forget to pack these handy items. You’ll be glad you did!
Depending on where you are going, the weather is likely to be warm enough for the kids to jump in a lake or dive into a pool, at least for a little while. Don’t count on life jackets being available at your destination. Pack your own if possible for a safe and enjoyable time in the water.
Just because the temperatures are relatively mild compared to the heat of the 4th of July, don’t think that it’s safe to skip the sunscreen. Sunburns are quick to ruin a great vacation, so apply sunscreen early and often.
Although Memorial Day is the official kickoff of summer shoe season, those brand-new sandals might not be the best choice for active weekend fun. Pack comfortable shoes for each member of your family, and plenty of dry socks, just in case.
One new addition to my first aid kit this year is a box of Activ-Flex bandages by Band-Aid. These bandages use a whole different technology to provide a breathable waterproof seal that can actually last for days. I bought them for the first time this winter, when I had a blister of my own, and they provided comfort that allowed me to stay on my feet all weekend and enjoy a trip that might have otherwise been ruined.
In 2012, nearly 250 people in the United States died from West Nile virus, and thousands were sickened. If you are going to be outdoors, you need to protect yourself and your kids from mosquitoes. The CDC recommends a DEET repellant, especially at dusk and dawn.
Do your kids suffer from allergies? Don’t forget to pack their medication. Whether they need an epinephrine pen or just some diphenhydramine, allergies can cause problems when you’re away from home. And a new environment can introduce all sorts of unexpected allergens, so be prepared.
The sun’s rays are more intense as we move into summer, so don’t forget to pack UV-blocking sunglasses for the whole family. Your eyes will be well protected and your whole family will look extra cool in your vacation photos, too!
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