Summer turns many families into nomads. The kids must be taken around to see their grandparents and cousins and out-of-town friends, and it's all good fun. And then perhaps there's a week at a vacation rental, or a relative's beach house. Isn't summer grand? Except for all the packing, that is. We've gotten pretty good at putting together kid amusements for the actual travel time: you can find our Savvy Travel Picks here. But what about once you get there? Space for luggage is tight, so if you've got just one bag for toys, what will you put in it?
I consulted with the experts (my seven- and four-year-old daughters), and here's what we came up with:
So this bag is starting to bulge, and it's getting kinda heavy. I think we have enough for now. And what about you and your kids? What will you pack in your bag of tricks?
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