Itʼs the last-minute headache of every traveling parent: finding enough room to safely stash all the documents, gadgets, paperwork and other important stuff that youʼll need to make it safely from point A to B. Even when youʼve spent the time to carefully pack your purse, backpack or briefcase in the most organized manner possible, thereʼs always the possibility that youʼll leave said bag on a ticket counter or in a bathroom while your kids are running in three different directions through the airport.
The fact that any parent manages to arrive safely with all children in one piece and all important documents in their right places is a testament to the resilience of mom and dads everywhere — though that doesnʼt necessarily mean their sanity arrives intact at the end of the ride. I too have had my sanity challenged on trips with my child.
As someone whoʼs been traveling internationally since childhood, I wasnʼt going to let parenthood stop me from seeing the endlessly-fascinating sights of the world. Still, I too was caught off guard the first time I traveled with a baby in tow. Suddenly it wasnʼt just me and my passport that made up the “important” things that were with me. I had to make sure someone else stayed safe too. To say it was a stressful, nerve-inducing experience is an understatement. I only have one child, yet the addition of her — and her stuff — to my traveling routine really did knock everything for a loop.
And wow, was I unprepared for the amount of time it takes to keep things organized — and to find things when you need them. A big purse works well for running back and forth between the grocery store and happy hour and home, but its depths can turn into canyons when youʼre searching through it for your passport and thereʼs a giant line of disgruntled airline passengers queueing up behind you. Sometimes it would take me so long to find things, that I even recall wishing there was some kind of drawer organizer I could place in my giant purse!
I never found that handy plastic contraption that would function like the silverware organizer works inside the silverware drawer, but I did find another solution that worked a lot better. When it comes to handy travel gadgets, the Global Travel Clothing jacket should top the list. Not only did it help me keep all our important documents, boarding passes and baggage claim tickets organized and in their own places, but it did so without the need for a bag that you could lose along the way. When you have a lot on your mind, you donʼt need yet another thing that you could drop or inadvertently leave behind. The jacket has so many pockets and hidden spaces, that you might even be able to stash away a beloved bar of chocolate that you can devour on the plane when your kids finally fall asleep. O, and youʼll even have room to stash the tablet or smart phone that you keep on hand for the kids to watch movies when theyʼre starting to act unruly.
So not only will you be able to store your kidsʼ passports, tickets and other stuff without incident, but youʼll also be able to hide away a little piece of delight for the long, strange trip youʼre about to complete with the kids. Thatʼs worth its weight in gold.