The most important part of traveling happens before you leave the house.
For Patty Laurel-Filart, “packing” should not be done in haste.
And just like most moms, she does it herself.
"So right after work, while on the road, I think about the list of things we need to bring.
"It’s hard to carve out time to really do it, but for sure you will leave something."
In her case, "Luckily, it works when you’re with a big group with different kids because we end up borrowing each other’s stuff like ‘kulang ako sa wipes,’ ‘pahingi ng wipes’ or even diapers."
She related an incident involving fellow mom Kelly Misa (middle).
"One trip if I recall I think we went to Cebu, and Kelly left one piece in her maleta which had the clothes of her son Tristan.
"Luckily, Tristan and my son Theo were born three days apart so I said, 'Don’t worry,' kasi they don’t have enough clothes."
When mommy forgets something, Patty’s advice is: "No stress please!"
At the launch of Watsons Make Your Summer campaign, she said, "I guess it’s just the flexibility and just come into it knowing that you have to enjoy regardless of those little hiccups ‘cause it’s bound to happen naman.
"Since you’re on vacation, you’re on holiday, if it’s not life or death situation, okay, let it slide.
"You don’t want to be dwelling on that one thing and ruining everyone’s vacation.
"I think I always remember that like especially for my husband, I don’t want nagging him about that small piece of item, unless of course it’s your passport of your wallet which has your trip’s entire budget."
TRAVEL ESSENTIALS. Busy moms must really come up with a list to avoid the unnecessary stress, hassle, and money.
Sometimes, the little things we forget might entail an extra trip to a store on a snowy or rainy day or cost triple.
Here are Patty’s travel must-haves:
1. Invest in a good luggage.
"I realized that especially now that I have a child, I don’t want my luggage to break down in the middle of the trip.
"It would be a nightmare.
"So a lot of people think it’s very expensive to buy luggage, but think about securing all the things that we will be bringing. It must be heavy wheels, heavy duty luggage.
"And you’re not going to use it once anyway."
2. Packing cubes
"Just keep every thing organized, especially you are packing for the entire family.
"Sorting makes you forget or lose less things.
"If it’s all jumbled up, you might miss out a T-shirt or pair of socks.
"I’m not really OC, but life is easier when you know where you put things.”
3. Personal care (smaller version)
This includes sunscreen.
"It’s summer, we really must be protected from the scorching heat.”
Another reminder: "Secure the lid. The last thing you want to happen is for your clothes to have baby oil."
"So now, our money is double on the food intake. If the kids are well fed, they are less grumpy.
"Bring snacks that are his comfort food.
"My friends would always joke that when I go on a barkada trip, mukhang sari-sari store yung maleta because I have a lot of snacks. I always go to the grocery before leaving."
5. Favorite toy or book
“Theo likes random things,” but Patty cautioned, “Do not bring valuables too much..."
Lastly, when she has extra budget, she brings her yaya.
"If we can afford it, if it is luxury and more than anything, she’s part of our family, so I like that we have milestones with her as well.
"She’s really a partner of us—me and my husband—in raising our son along with my parents.
"It’s also a treat to her, and it’s also a vacation for her."
Her recent trip with husband Patrick and son Theo was Singapore.
This Holy Week, her family is in Shangri-La Makati for a staycation.