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10 Items to Pack for Your Next Family Vacation

The key to a successful family vacation: everyone’s happy and has what they need … at the same time. From proper suitcase organization to stimulating in-flight and road-trip entertainment, these items deserve a spot on your packing list.
Terminal-to-terminal with a toddler? Bring along a carry-on that turns into a travel seat with Mountain Buggy’s Bagrider. (They’ll enjoy the ride, too).
Packing Cubes 
Trust us: Optimal suitcase organization begins and ends with a good set of packing cubes, such as this five-piece Super Packer set from eBags. Everybody gets their own storage space, so you can say so long to the days of digging around for that missing sock.
SoYoung’s grade-school backpacks feature easy-to-clean coated linen exteriors, reinforced bottoms, useful pockets, and whimsical designs that will make children proud to carry their own essentials.
First Aid Kit 
Be prepared for scraped knees on shore excursions or other minor mishaps with Bratpacker Gear’s Travel Medical Kit, which is small enough to fit in your tote bag.
Travel Board Game 
Last Mouse Lost doesn’t take up much suitcase space, is indestructible, and is free of pieces or cards that would just inevitably end up lost in the rental. (Oh, and it’s fun too).
Instant Camera 
Let everyone take a turn capturing their favorite moment in Paris, Rome, or beyond with Lomography’s Automat Glass Magellan, a compact, easy-to-tote instant camera with auto flash and a selfie mirror on the front.
The chic, convertible YOYO+ stroller frame from BabyZen weighs just 13 pounds, folds up with one hand, and fits in airplanes’ overhead compartments.
Travel-Size Children’s Books
Abigail Samoun’s Little Traveler Series of travel-size board books uses colorful animals to teach young ones common words in seven different languages, from How Hippo Says Hello to How Monkey Says My Name Is.
Keep young ones entertained for hours in-flight with Amazon’s Fire Kids Edition tablet. A year of FreeTime’s books, games, apps, and videos is included, as are two years of no-questions-asked accident coverage.
Waterproof Speaker 
For a mini dance party in your hotel room, pack the Bose Soundlink Micro Bluetooth speaker. The waterproof speaker, about the size of a wallet, connects to the Bose app on your phone and has a wireless range of up to 30 feet.

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