School is officially out for Spring Break and my family and I are on our way to a trip of a lifetime.  This year we have decided to forgo the normal week in Florida and instead are going to Israel.  The excitement level is high, but the preparation is extensive.  Believe it or not but the actual act of traveling to and from your destination is what really takes most of the work.  Over the years I have become quite a pro (if I do say so myself) and have learned some important must haves.  As in most things you do, preparation is key!

Being the foodie I am planning travel food is on the top of my list.  Quite honestly, hungry kids equal unhappy kids.  Making sure my kids are fed well and have lots of healthy and easy options to choose from makes all the difference.  With 3 kids, one with Celiac Disease, and a 14 hour flight ahead of us I have to be ready.  We have an easy to carry insulated bag with a few ice packs and a variety of snacks.  Pre-packaged foods are always the easiest, so we go with bags of nuts, granola, pretzels, cheese sticks, and applesauce packets.  Fruits that travel well such as clementines and apples are a must have, as well as bags of raw cut up veggies.  I also like to make a couple of sandwiches for the earlier part of our trip.  Avoiding the fast food in the airports and costly snacks aboard the planes is difficult, so being armed with other options is important.

In addition to food, I always have my “mom” bag of must haves.  Wet wipes for wiping down plane seats, arm rests, and hands before and after eating is what I swear helps prevent the spread of germs and that classic cough you always seem to get after a long plane ride.  Because we are traveling to a foreign country this Spring Break, I ordered Z-Paks (one per person) from our doctor just in case.  Last but not least I always have the first aid kit, full of band-aids, Tylenol, and epi-pens.  Armed and ready to go, we are sure to have a safe, fun, fulfilling, and memorable vacation.  Happy travels!