6 Must-Have Items When Traveling Overseas

As we wait for the winter storm to end and are stuck inside our temporary house, there are a few items we packed in our suitcases that I am very thankful to have.

1. Waterproof mats
If you have a child who wets the bed, these sturdy mats are awesome! I have washed them countless times and they are like new.

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2. Our $5 silicone iPhone speaker
While I know it’s not an apple-approved product, this speaker is the bomb! It fits our 5c phones perfectly snug and radiates the sounds well. Kid-proof (personally tested), waterproof (I assume), battery-less and cordless, & cheap, this gadget is a keeper.

3. Familiar cereals and snacks
I don’t typically encourage eating packaged foods but for international travel, it’s a convenient way to satisfy your kids’ homesick symptoms.

4. Games (iPad and boardgame)
When we left our previous home we didn’t know about the snow storm. We have been stuck in the temporary house for most of each day with a short outing to another friend’s home for an hour or two of reprieve. Uno, Go Fish, racing ipad games, checkers and other games have kept our minds a bit more active despite the gray weather and jetlag.

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5. Rag towels
Really, it’s been nice to have such a resourceful item. It’s useful for the occasional spills and in a pinch is great as a blanket or even tucked as a pillow.

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6. Liquid melatonin
I was looking for something natural to help adjust the kids’ sleep cycles other than the typical Benedryl idea. A friend mentioned to me about liquid melatonin and tried it out. It works like a charm for our kids! They usually just need help to settle down and fall asleep. And this does the trick for us!

*Updated word of caution: A commenter mentioned there are cautionary side effects when taking melatonin. I am not a doctor but just write what works for us. To each, one must decide for themselves.

For us, using a low dose of melatonin 3 or 4 nights in a row was just what we needed. Others may find otherwise. Always do your own research and consider your needs and weigh your decisions.

What have you found to be invaluable as you travel?

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3 thoughts on “6 Must-Have Items When Traveling Overseas

  1. Wow – I’m so glad you have all of these things! Just a heads up – do be wary of using Melatonin for longer periods of time… it can cause some scary short-term side effects in younger ones. On a MUCH more positive note, though… can’t wait of you guys to be able to move into your more permanent home. Happy settling in! šŸ™‚

    • Thanks for the word of caution. We only used 3 or 4 nights and it worked like a charm but dont want to make it a sleeping crutch even without knowing about the side effects.

      • Sure thing! And sorry to be a debbie downer… I struggled with whether or not to even say anything, but figured it’s better safe than sorry. And from what I learned, using it on rare occasion is totally safe and fine. Sorry if this seemed like one of those unwelcome mommy advice moments from someone who’s not even a mommy. No judgement accompanied at all. whatsoever. I promise! You know your babies best. šŸ™‚

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