Traveling with the kids doesn't have to be the stress fest parents fear it to be. By planning and preparing beforehand you can save yourself a lot of hassle and make a smooth trip all around.

Kara Murphy of Frommers.com wrote 6 Packing Tips for Family Vacations. The info is super helpful, especially during holiday travel.

Here's an excerpt:

1. Recruit your kids to help you pack
If they're old enough to do so, involve your kids in gathering their stuff for the trip. Not only will it shorten your to-do list, but it also will help to make sure their favorite snack or toy is not forgotten.
"Kids do have things they definitely want to bring," says Elizabeth Thorp, founder of Poshbrood.com. "I let my kids pack their own small bag to take with them on the plane or in the car."
Just make it clear to them that they will also be responsible for handling their own bag throughout the entire trip. Kid-size wheelie bags and backpacks are easy for children to manage. Consider fun, brightly-colored bags from brands such as Trunki, Lands' End and Heys. Samsonite has a Sammies collection that is specifically for children.
Pack the rest of their gear, including clothes and toiletries, in a larger suitcase. Try to keep things organized by child or by type of item (tops, bottoms, onesies, socks, underwear, toiletries). Zip-close bags or packing cubes from brands like L.L. Bean, Eagle Creek and Travelon make this a cinch.

Another way to save yourself some hassle is to book your next trip through Let's Take the Kids Travel Agency. Our expert consultants can take care of all the arrangements - just contact us for more information.

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