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7 uses for Ziplocs and 94 more tips to make traveling with kids easier

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By Cindy Richards

Don't forget the Ziploc bags when traveling with kids. They can be used for packing everything a kid needs to get ready for the day -- from socks and underwear to shorts, T-shirt and hair ties.

That way, kids can easily get themselves dressed and ready for a day of sightseeing.

That tip, along with 100 others, is in the just-released 101 Family Travel Tips eBook, available now for free download at

Among the other uses for Ziplocs: mini diaper bags, electronics organizers and vomit bags.

Other 101 Family Travel Tips eBook ideas for making travel easier with kids include:

Buy your kids a lightweight, four-wheel spinner carry-on suitcase and assign them to pull their own weight through the airport.

Ask at the front desk before you panic or rush to the nearest electronics store to buy the iPhone charger you forgot to pack. Chances are some other guest left one behind that you can use during your stay.

If you're planning to travel with a new phone, new camera or some other new electronic, bring the instruction manual, just in case.

Carry two credit cards and keep them in different places. That way, if one gets lost or stolen, you'll have another to use.

Snap a photo of your kids each morning. If the worst happens and you get separated in a crowd, you won't have to try to remember if little Tommy was wearing the blue Thomas the Tank Engine shirt or the yellow Curious George shirt.

Bring a map as well as the GPS. You never know when the GPS might fail you. And a map makes it easier to find cool spots worthy of a detour.

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