Dear Diary, Does your job require travel that takes you away from your children? You can overcome separation anxiety and actually enjoy the trip by creating a pre-travel to-do list. 1. Pack Early: The first time I went away as a first time mom, I realized I could no longer wait until the last-minute to pack. I scrambled around the house, searching for matching socks and my daughter’s favorite pick blanket with minutes to make my flight. The night before, I picked up her playpen from my parents house and dropped it off at my sister’s house. I also stocked up on her favorite snacks and milk. Now, I write a list of what she needs a week in advance. That way, I have enough time to wash her blankets, locate her missing teddy bear and run to the grocery store. 2. Post a Pic: At my daughter’s daycare, the teachers created a family tree and asked parents to submit photos. They attached the pictures to the branches, which gave the kids a sense of familiarity in the room. Pack a framed family photo to send with your child. And put one in your own suitcase, so you can place it on your hotel room’s nightstand. Click here for more tips on how to take a guilt-free trip! Leave a Reply Cancel Reply Your email address will not be published.CommentName* Email* Website Notify me of follow-up comments by email. Notify me of new posts by email.