Get ready for summer travel, celebrity-style: What to pack

06/20/2008 at 01:15 PM ET

Whether it’s by car, train, boat, or plane, your first trip withyour kids or your fifth, the preparation can be daunting. Unlikecelebrities, most of us don’t have an entourage of nannies and personalassistants to help us manage the process, or access to private jets,but we came up with some of our favorite travel tips to help you travellike a celebrity. So grab your huge sunglasses and check out our summer travel cheat sheet to minimize the stress.

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Photo: Heidi Klum with son Johan (

  • has a great suggestion for how to pack for your kid:Imagine that you’re going for a long weekend to a childless friend’shouse and pack your diaper bag accordingly. You’ll be able to buy allthe usual favorite items (sippy cups, bottles, formula, diapers, wipesetc.) at local pharmacies or grocery stores, but you want to have agood three days before making that stop.
  • Danielle wearing Anya in a Karma Baby Water SlingInevitably, your kid won’t want to sit in his stroller so make sure you pack a sling. We like Karma Baby’s Solarveil sling ($69), which can be worn in or out of water and dries very quickly. I’ve used it in the pool, ocean, and even the shower!
  • We asked Dr. Laura Jana, pediatrician, American Academy ofPediatrics spokesperson and Injury, Violence and Poison Preventionsection member, author and mother of three, for her best road safety trip. She said, "When hitting the road, make sure young children are strapped in properly.  Look for child seats with higher weight limits for rear-facing and five-point harness use, as well as side impact protection. And go to a car seat check up event to make sure your seat is installed properly."

Good things to stock up on:

  • When you first arrive at your destination, stop at a Target,K-Mart, supermarket, etc. to stock up on the basics like diapers,wipes, swim diapers, formula, beach toys, sunscreen, etc. (Before youleave, call the hotel to find out which one is nearest the airport orhotel.)
  • If you’re traveling out of the country or to a vacation area, buysunscreen at home because hotel shops tend to be quite expensive.
  • For toddlers, pack a few instant hot cereal, instant rice, and otherjust-add-water packets. They’ll come in handy at restaurants wherenothing on the menu appeals to your little one.

Other travel goodies:

What travel items are must-haves for you and your family?


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Mama C on

You all left out my favorite trip trick! For every hour of good behavior, they get a present. It can be anything–I stop by my local dollar-type store before the trip and buy enough goodies for the trip there and back and wrap them in cheap dollar-store wrapping paper. My girls LOVE this and are AWESOME in the car–they are one and three and we just made a seven-hour car trip (14 hours there and back) and they were good as gold both ways. The toys/treats you give out on the way there double as the toys they’ll play with while there–so don’t worry about packing any toys except for lovey-type toys. I also recommend keeping a quick change of clothes, a towel, and a few clear-ish drinks and easy to clean up snacks(as in dry–goldfish, pretzels, etc.) The towel comes in handy for roadside diaper changes and/or cleaning up spills. Happy travels!!

sunnydays13 on

The one thing you left off a great list is a travel pillow. There are a lot of styles to choose from. One I found that not only feels great (it’s a satin cover which is great for your skin and hair) but it also looks classy and rich. I keep it on my sofa to use as a nap pillow when I’m not traveling. I found it online at A Touch Of Satin. If you’re going to travel in style and be comfortable doing it then a travel pillow is a must!