Reality star Kate Gosselin may not be the first person you’d turn to for relationship advice but if you’re planning a family vacation and have questions about how to keep things organized, the mother-of-eight has some useful tips to share.
“Label everyone’s suitcases with their names to make them easier to identify when baggage-claim time comes around,” Kate writes on her blog for the Coupon Cabin site. “I always pack the boys in one bag, the little girls in another, and Cara and Mady still share a bag as well.”
Anticipating possible injuries and sickness is crucial. Therefore, Kate suggests packing a first-aid kit is essential for a smooth vacation. And there’s no need to hit up your local Walgreens to purchase one either – Kate claims any waterproof plastic container filled with bandages and medicines from home does the trick just as well.
“This has saved me many times when someone has a headache, a paper cut, an itchy rash or a bee sting!” she says.
Finally, Kate recommends packing your children’s suitcases with their pajamas and toothbrushes on top.
“I learned this a long time ago when we arrived at our hotel very late at night and I had eight very tired and grouchy kids on my hands,” she writes. “At that hour, I need instant gratification upon opening each bag.”
Kate is mother to 11-year old twins Cara and Mady and 7-year old sextuplets Alexis, Hannah, Aaden, Collin, Leah and Joel with her ex-husband Jon Gosselin.