Packing Tips for Traveling With Kids

We’re frantically getting ready to leave for our spring break getaway and it got me thinking about packing for vacationing as a family.

With young children, packing well takes a little common sense and a dash of creativity. Packing lists will obviously change over time as your child grows and their needs and interests change.  In the early days, I felt like we were just short of packing up our entire house anytime we traveled.  If you’re traveling with a baby I would take a look at this list – I would never bring all the stuff suggested, but it’s a comprehensive list of all things you may need for a baby.

My daughter is 2.5 so we don’t need to pack many (if any) toys since she is more interested in exploring her new environment anyway. This time I focused on making sure I have enough weather-appropriate clothes for her. We haven’t worn warm weather clothes since September so I pulled out all her clothes and tried them on her to make sure that she had enough outfits, swimsuits, etc. that fit.

I organized everything in Ziploc bags for them, which is my new favorite way to pack. Instead of one big jumbled mess, I separated her clothing into their own organized bags. It was so much easier finding her things. Before, I’d have a suitcase for my daughter that by the 2nd day, all of her clothing would be one big jumbled mess, and it would be impossible to find that one thing I need. Not to mention I can squeeze the air out and get the everything really compact.

  • Pack two bathing suits. If you’re going someplace warm, your kids will live in them. One can dry while the other is worn.
  • Plan on Doing Laundry. When I travel alone I bring enough clothes, underwear, etc. to get me through my trip. But when we travel as a family, we prefer to to rent a condo or house and forgo staying at a hotel. Not only do we have a kitchen to cook meals in (so we don’t have to go out to eat for every meal) but it also means that we can do laundry. If you are staying at a hotel, most have laundry that you can use.
  • Diapers. If you use disposable diapers bring enough to get you through until you can find a grocery store. Don’t take a chance by not bringing enough.
  • Medicine. Bring your own cold and fever medication, if your kid is like mine she gets sick in the middle of the night when everything is closed.

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These are my packing tips—what are yours?

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