Tips for Packing for a Family Trip



When I was younger I would always get so excited for the end of the school year to arrive. Summer vacation was here!! Then I became a parent. Being able to spend quality travel time with my children is such an amazing blessing, but can also be a bit anxiety inducing if you are unprepared. Being a “grown-up” can make it really easy to get into the habit of doing all the planning, preparation and booking because if we don’t do it ourselves no one will do it for us…right? That’s mostly true; however, it can be really fun for you and your child/children to brainstorm fun and exciting vacation options for the summer holiday. And don’t underestimate your child…you never know what creative ideas will come out of their little noggin’.


When traveling with children, the “to-go” bag is essential. Whether you are traveling by car, train, plain, boat or spaceship, having an easily accessible bag with kid friendly activities is a lifesaver. Let your child pick out a few of their favorite things to put into the activity bag. A few of our favorites are:


  • Coloring books/crayons, Books Tablet/iPad Headphones (for the tablet etc), A Lovey


  • Extra outfit,A few small toys like Polly Pockets or little cars Lollipops (for takeoff and landing), Sweater/light jacket,Wet Wipes,Snacks!


  • If your flight is delayed or you end up shipwrecked on a deserted island, you will at least have something to entertain the kids.


*Tip: Buy a new activity or toy and wait to give it to your child in case of boredom or meltdown during traveling.



For yourself, you should also pack a small bag with an extra pair of clothing, your electronics (phone, camera, chargers, batteries) gum (for take off and landing), cardigan/light jacket and a book or kindle.



Of course the contents of your suitcase depend largely on where you are traveling. I have a hard time with the concept of “traveling light” but if you are flying, do your best to only check one bag per person.


  • If you are traveling within the states and will still be in the midst of civilization (i.e.. not camping), it is a good idea to buy smaller items when you arrive at your destination. For example, whenever I visit my parents I wait to buy things like diapers, wipes and even some basic toiletries until I get there. Depending on the length of your stay you may very well go through an entire bag of diapers anyway, and it will be less to pack in your suitcase.


  • With that said, if you are traveling overseas or to a resort, you can use the extra space you have after you eat all your snacks and use all your toiletries etc to pack your souvenirs.


  • Store all medicines, bug repellent or sunscreen in a plastic ziplock or leak free bag.


  • Pack socks and underwear inside your shoes to save some extra room.


  • Don’t forget to double and triple check that you have everything you need for your trip.


  • If you do forget something, try not to stress too much about it. Enjoy the playtime with your kids because before you know it September will be here, your kids will be back in #school and you may just wish for another vacation!


P.S. You can also read this post at AChildGrows




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