Smart Mums’ Packing Guide

Suffering with suitcase overwhelm? Pack like a pro with these mums’ expert advice

LAURA EGLOFF, FOUNDER OF VELVETEEN CLOTHING

What’s your top packing tip?
I start to “pack as I go” 24 hours before my flight. So everything that I use during the 24 hours before a trip is put aside into separate piles, so I’m sure not to forget that critical item which is inevitably forgotten in the mad dash to rush for the airport.

What must-pack items do you keep in your hand luggage?
I have a separate pouch I keep in my carry-on just for phone accessories: headphones, a new sim card, extra charging cord, new travel battery… You need to know your phone will be operational under any circumstance to get you (and the kids) from the airport to your destination without a worry.

Best tip for entertaining kids on a plane?
We always bring a Fly-Tot for each child so they can stretch out and sleep on long-haul flights. This lovely inflatable contraption has been a life- saver! I also make the kids pack their own carry-on. They’re each allowed a snack container, an iPad loaded with two movies, a colouring book and pencils, socks and track pants for a long-haul, one plush toy for comfort… (I secretly remove all unnecessary superheroes, toy cars and tiaras before leaving the house.)
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DOMINIQUE HUGHES, CO-FOUNDER OF JEM + BEA

What’s your top packing tip?
Having had lost luggage on more than one occasion, squeeze enough essentials for an overnight stay into your hand luggage, including toothbrushes, favourite teddies, a change of clothes and your phone charger. Also, rolling clothes is such a space-saver.

What must-pack items do you keep in your hand luggage?
For the kids, water wipes, a change of clothes and travel sickness bands. For me, Aesop facial spritz, Burt’s Bees lip balm and our Jem + Bea Baba pouch is the perfect size for passports, tickets and travel documents.

Best tip for entertaining kids on a plane?
I’ve recently discovered timeoutbags.com, which do great bags full of things for little ones to do. Then it’s fully charged iPads (especially for unexpected delays) and lots of snacks! A kids’ magazine is always full of stories and puzzles – for once they won’t just look at the toy then abandon the rest.
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HARRIET JONES, FOUNDER OF ROCKAHULA KIDS

What’s your top packing tip?
Lay out all the clothes you want to pack and then take away half of them. This is especially true for beach holidays. Experience has taught me that my kids will be in their swimmers 90 per cent of the time with no inclination to put on any clothes!

What must-pack items do you keep in your hand luggage?
Wet wipes, headphones (so their tablets don’t annoy other passengers), lip balm and enough snacks to feed an army.

Best tip for entertaining kids on a plane?
I always buy a new activity or sticker book each before a plane journey and produce it at an opportune moment – it’s nice because you can do it together, and it also provides a welcome respite from the inevitable screen time.
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CLEMMIE TELFORD, FOUNDER OF MOTHER OF ALL LISTS

What’s your top packing tip?
Don’t forget to factor in room for the wash bag! All too often I pack our cases to the brim only to remember the toiletries still need to go in and for a family of five, there’s a lot! This oversight requires a repack at the 11th hour.

What must-pack items do you keep in your hand luggage?
Snacks, snacks and more snacks. Travelling with kids is intense, and doing it with hungry ones is worth avoiding at all costs.

Best tip for entertaining kids on a plane?
Snacks and a genius invention called ‘Keep ‘Em Quiet Bags’, which do exactly what they say!
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HEIDI GOSMAN, CO-FOUNDER OF HEIDI KLEIN SWIMWEAR

What’s your top packing tip?
I make sure that the children each have a backpack with everything they need (books, toys, warmer clothing, water) that they know they are responsible for. I find giving them that responsibility, and for what has been packed inside it, makes things a lot easier.

What must-pack items do you keep in your hand luggage?
Wet wipes – always. My children never really get sweets, so to treat those take-off nerves, I always have a little something.

Best tip for entertaining kids on a plane?
Mine are now at the age where a movie is a wonderful help! I help them find good choices and get excited with them.
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