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Packing essentials

From Katia Hetter, Special to CNN

Don't forget the crayons and coloring book if you're flying with kids this holiday season. Here are a few of the essentials:

My backpack

  • Wallet
  • Travel documents (tickets/rental car reservations/hotel info)
  • Sunglasses
  • Tissues
  • Cash
  • Phone, earphones and charger
  • Magazine
  • Computer and charger (with movies loaded for kids)
  • Headphones for kids
  • Books and toys for kids
  • Bag of snacks
  • Two empty sippy cups

Diaper bag

  • Diapers (enough for possible delays)
  • Wipes
  • Bandages
  • Trash bags (for diapers/dirty clothes/vomit)
  • Change of clothes with socks
  • Tissues
  • Sweatshirt
  • Medicine
  • Blanket
  • Stuffed animal

Kid's backpack

Can replace diaper bag only if kid can already carry one
  • Crayons/paper
  • New little toys
  • Change of clothes with socks
  • Sleep diapers
  • Wipes
  • Trash bags

The suitcase

  • Sleep diapers if needed
  • Underwear
  • Socks and shoes
  • Everyday outfits for duration of trip
  • Nice holiday outfit
  • Jackets
  • Pajamas
  • First-aid kit
  • Kid soap
  • Nail clippers
  • Good night books
  • Toys

Some additional items may include a stroller, car seat/booster seat, bottles, and bathing suits/swim diapers/suntan lotion.