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PACKING LIST: Don’t leave home without it

By Jackie Burrell
Monday, December 17th, 2007 at 2:53 pm in Books, Contest.

Venice, copyright Joan SteinerWe had big fun last week, collecting stories of embarrassing things kids do while visiting Grandma’s – plugged toilets, heads stuck in banisters, dramatic entrances and, in the case of winner Naomi, kiddies who tattle.  Loved those tales of shame!

This time, we’re giving away a couple of wonderful books – El Cerrito mom Shelly Rivoli’s “Travels with Baby” (just written up in the Times this weekend too) and Joan Steiner’s “Look-Alikes Around the World,” an amazing picture book (photo, left) that’s perfect for keeping kids of any age, 2-92, totally absorbed in the backseat, aboard a flight or waiting, waiting, waiting at the airport. Take a close look at that image of Venice. Not actually Venezia, is it? But can you tell what it is?  Very, very cool – we’ve added it to our “absolutely must pack this” packing list.

So, here’s this week’s challenge. Click “comments” (we’ll draw a name Friday night) and tell us what item your family absolutely, positively cannot travel without. Who, us? Hmm,

when our oldest daughter was little, it was her beloved, snow white, stuffed kitty cat – who got tangled in the sheets one morning and disappeared with the laundry. We were so panicked, the concierge actually sent a platoon of chambermaids to search the hotel laundry. Whew. Note to self: carry bears.

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  1. Noreen Says:

    My girls have to have their stuffed abbimals. Two pancake bears (Pinky and Sunny) for the oldest. A panckae bear (Pinky-Sunny, really name Goldy) and a pancake Hippo. It is the only time they leave the house and they even have special bags to carry them on planes and in the car.

  2. Debbie Says:

    My son is attached to his blanket, and we bring several in case one gets dirty or lost.

    The most useful thing for me, though, are Lock and Lock brand snack containers. They have a watertight seal (great for storing baby’s rice cereal), come in lots of compact sizes, and they’re easy to wash. I’m not above taking a little bit of food to-go in one for a snack later in the day.

  3. Michele Says:

    ‘Baby’ a rather ratty baby doll and a DoodlePro

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