Your Holiday Trip Essentials Checklist

The holiday season is the time of year that sees an enormous surge in travel, both by car and by plane. In fact, according to the Bureau of Transportation Statistics’ U.S. Holiday Travel Summary, “Christmas travel ranks up more miles, on average, than travel during any other time of the year.” Whether you’re visiting friends and family near your home or far away, the stress of getting where you need to be when you need to be there can feel overwhelming. The unpredictability and unreliability of air travel only adds to the stress and anxiety many families face during the holidays, and traveling with children can introduce a whole new set of challenges. We’ve compiled a handy ‘Holiday Trip Essentials Checklist’ to help ensure your next flight proceeds as smoothly as possible.

Do Your Best to Keep Toys Noise-Free

It’s one of the biggest questions and the most daunting uncertainties when it comes to traveling with kids – how are you going to keep them entertained? One of the drawbacks of traveling by plane is the limited resources you can feasibly bring with you in your seat to keep your children occupied. Unlike when packing for a road trip with just family, your entire flight revolves around being surrounded by strangers. For the sake of not only you and your family but to everyone around you, do your best to pack toys that emit little to no noise. Coloring books, picture books, or tablets with headphones are the best options. If you need more options, this mom made up a list of her top picks that are airline approved. 

Stuffed Animals

Depending on how long your flight is, your child may or may not want to take a quick nap on board the plane. Packing a small stuffed animal friend for them to cuddle with is a great way to ease their anxiety and make them feel safe and secure. They can also double as pillows to make the space more comfortable! A small furry friend can also be easily packed away in a backpack or carry on bag with minimal hassle and worry.

Pack Snacks

Getting through TSA is a big enough hassle without having to worry about what food you may have forgotten was packed in your carry-on bag. Trip Savvy wrote a great article detailing what can and cannot be carried onto a plane in terms of food and liquids, and many would be surprised to read about all of the foods that are in fact allowed. Just make sure none of your foods or liquids exceed the 3.4 oz limit. By stocking up on your own snacks that you’re sure your kids will enjoy, you eliminate the need to pay for in-flight dining.

Download Movies Ahead of Time

Thanks to the incredible shift from cable to streaming platforms, we have more entertainment and content at our fingertips than ever before. Tablets and iPads are wonderful tools that have been proven to keep kids of all ages occupied for hours on end, however many of their features require internet access. If you are like the vast majority of Americans who would rather not pay outrageous airline WiFi fees, yet still need a way to entertain, you’re in luck. Services like Netflix, Amazon Prime, Hulu, and Disney Plus all offer the ability to download movies and shows to be watched offline. Download your child’s watchlist to cover the flight, waiting at the gate, and cab rides.

Adventure Wipes

We all know that traveling by airplane is not the most sanitary mode of transportation, but there’s no reason why your kids can’t keep themselves clean and refreshed during the trip. Little Booty’s Adventure Wipes are flushable, all-natural, biodegradable, and hypoallergenic. After sitting on a long flight, nothing feels better than being able to do a quick wipe down to get you feeling refreshed.

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Everything You Need for Hunting Season

Hunting season is in full swing. Whether you’re preparing for a hunt or know someone who is, make sure to always be prepared. Setting out for a hunt without proper preparation can be dangerous and unsuccessful.

Take a look at our list of hunting pack essentials to make sure you have everything you need.

Do Your Research

Researching before your hunt is always a good idea. Things like regulatory limitations, when harvests need to be reported, and other state rules are crucial to know ahead of time.

One thing to note is that hunting season is different in every state and various parts of the state. Also, rules vary from state-to-state. If this is your first hunt of the year, make sure to check out your state’s significant regulation changes from last season.

Hunting Pack Essentials

Hunting License. You absolutely must have your license with you whenever you set out for a hunt. Make sure to pack that immediately, so you don’t forget it. Without your license, you can’t permit at all for hunting. Put it in a plastic ziplock bag to protect it from accidental spills or anything in your pack that could ruin the document.

Camo. Camouflage will help you blend in…but it has to be the right camouflage. You don’t want to wear green camo in winter. Make sure you’re using the right camo for the season and setting. You also want to make sure your gun is hidden with camo, so the shine doesn’t give you away.

Knife. Your knife will be your go-to tool for a variety of things that come up during your hunt. Cutting rope, skinning game, or whatever else comes up, be prepared.

Water. Water is needed for hydration and survival. It may be one of the most essential things to pack. However, canteens can take up a lot of room in your pack. An alternative may be a bladder, small water bottle, or this Platypus Platy 2-Liter Ultralight Collapsible Water Bottle, as it is lightweight, collapsible, and flexible.

Animal Calls. Attracting game is all about the strategy. Using animal calls will attract your prey. Understanding what kind of call you have and how to use it is important. This deer call is versatile and easy to use.

Map & Compass. It’s a great idea to carry both with you if you can. Although there are many types of GPS’ and apps now, a physical map is more reliable. It won’t get low on battery when you need it most. You can use a map and compass to plan where you want to go to hunt or find your way back.

First-Aid Kit. Keeping a first-aid medical kit and knowing how to use it is something every hunter should know. Always clean and bandage any cuts you have, so bacteria from your game doesn’t infect them.

Matches. You never know when you’ll need to start a fire to keep warm or set up camp for the night. Always make sure to carry a small box of matches in case of emergency.

Phone. You need a means of communication while you’re hunting, in case of any kind of emergency. Make sure your phone is on silent so it doesn’t blow your cover while you’re attracting prey.

Flashlight. A staple while hunting, flashlights are crucial. Whether you need to read a map, are tracking animal prints, or are handling a weapon in the dark, you’ll be properly prepared. Replace batteries before your hunt so they don’t run out during the hunt.

Seasonal Layering. Check the weather ahead of time so you’re prepared with proper gear and extra layers if necessary.

Snacks. Pack soft foods wrapped in cloth so noisy wrappers don’t give you away. Beef jerky, nuts, and energy bars are perfect hunting snacks.

Bob’s Butt Wipes. It’s always a good idea to squat at least 200 feet from any site. Bob’s butt wipes are a sanitary solution perfect to pack for your next hunt. They’re unscented to keep your cover, are biodegradable, and are all-natural. 

Bob’s Insect Repellant Wipes. Finally, a wipe that works as hard as you do. Make sure to pack Bob’s insect repellant wipes, as they are a hunting essential. They’re perfect for repelling mosquitoes, gnats, fleas, and other annoying bugs. Bob’s insect repellant wipes are also deet free and biodegradable!

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