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Travel with a family: Travel tips part V

EGYPT | Sunday, 10 January 2010 | Views [1536] | Comments [2]

Everyone travels differently but this is a list of a few special extras we pack as a family, apart from all the standard stuff you need. Our boys are now Riu aged 7 and kai aged 5.
  • No need for strollers: this is the first time this has been the case and we've (more or less) got them both to walk everywhere .... note the 'more or less'!
  • Tuperware boxes for packing lunch: since the food here is tragic we pack our own. We have 4 with us, two medium and two small. Sometimes pack leftover bread, butter jam from a hotel breakfast, sometimes fresh fruit from the market, sometimes rice balls (Onigiri in Japanese).
  • 2 large and 2 small plastic camping plates plus a bag of small cutlery and a swiss army knife; priceless for self preparation ... cleanly. (Swiss Army Knife we often carried in our day pack and got into all sorts of trouble on this trip as we went through various metal detectors!)
  • 1 small bottle of washing up liquid and a cleaning cloth
  • 30 sticks of instant Cappucino or Indian Chai - for a country that is supposed to have a coffee or cafe culture the coffee here is awful. When we're knackered at the end of the day these have been invaluable and you can always get hot water anywhere.
  • 3 tubes of vegemite: fantastic for preparing lunchtime sandwiches - especially when young Kai eats little for breakfast and then complains that he's hungry 20 minutes after we've left the hotel for the day. (Should have brought more)
  • 4 packets of Japanese rice seasoning and 4 large packets of Korean dried seaweed - you can get plain white rice almost anywhere on earth and these make a meal of it.
  • 1 set of anti-dust bed sheets: Kai is allergic to dust, which in a place like Egypt is, um, challenging. These bedsheets seal in any mites as well as dust and we haven't had any problems.
  • 2 bottles of travel wash and 1 elastic washing line: some people get the hotels to do all their washing but some places charge €2 per item and have you any idea HOW much washing children make? We do socks and pants in the sink each night and the water is dark brown from all the dust! The rest we give to laundry.
  • 2 pocket size shopping bags: priceless when you go to the market or have to lug four of those 1.5lt  bottles of water back to your room
  • Travel hats with wide brims for everyone and 2 large bottles of sunscreen
  • 1 medium bag of lego, a sketchbook each and a bag of crayons (priceless for some quiet time when your are organising something else and need some peace and quiet ...)
  • 1 bag of assorted children's snacks like chocolate, jelly snakes, rice crackers etc: we had enough for about two of the three weeks we were away and allowed the boys to pack a few snacks for themselves from this bag each day ...
  • tiny 12" Mac Powerbook: great as a storage device for all those digital photo's, and as an entertainment device as we have it pre-loaded with both music and children's movies.
  • a 'significant' first aid kit: weighs about 3Kg I should think.

Tags: egypt, tips, travel with a family, travel with children

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1

Great tips Simon, thank you.

  Jason Smith Jan 22, 2010 3:06 PM

2

Simon, just stumbled across this - amazing how similar your tick list is to ours.... Im just about to grab an IPad so going to experiment with leaving the macbook at home.

  Dave Taylor Oct 6, 2010 9:11 PM

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