Most teenagers probably don’t need much help packing their travel bags. It really depends on the teenager. At the very least they will probably need you to take them shopping for the items on this list. You can always give them a copy of this packing checklist and make them responsible for packing their own bags. If they are lazy about it and forget items they need, you can decide how much they suffer the consequences. The following list is a guide that you can both use to help them prepare their carryon for travel. These are the 7 items every teen needs in their carryon bags.
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Hoodie or Travel Blanket
Airplanes can get cold. What teen doesn’t love an excuse to bury themselves in an oversized hoodie? Some teens may prefer a blanket, but either way they should pack something to help them stay warm.
Tissues are just handy to have. If your teen is prone to allergies, colds or bloody noses, they should definitely pack some.
I don’t care what age you are, it is just a smart move to pack an extra shirt, underwear, and a pair of pajamas (if you use them) in your carryon bag. There is always a chance luggage can get lost or misplaced. Since many teens are sensitive about their appearance, they will be glad not to be seen in the same clothing twice if their luggage is delayed.
Medicine and Feminine Hygiene Products
Teens need to learn to be responsible when packing their own travel bags. This includes remembering medicines they may need. If they have a medical condition such as diabetes this is critical. Moms, you may also need to remind your daughters to pack pads or tampons. A small toiletry bag is great for any of these items.
Water, Snacks and Gum
Teenagers are constantly hungry, right? So it makes sense for them to have lots of snacks and water with them when they board an airplane. Teens also love to chew gum, so throw a pack in their carryon.
Please do the other passengers on the plane a favor and get a pair of headphones for your teen. No one wants to listen to their music or the annoying sounds of their favorite video games. Am I right? If you have teens that get along and like to share their music and shows, a headphone splitter may also be a good idea.
I think all teens should be capable of packing their own bags for a trip. The more they travel, the better they will get at knowing what to pack. Use this simple list as a guide to help your teen get ready for their next trip.