Let’s face it. Packing for a family vacation is a daunting task. It is even more difficult when you have to bring the kids along. With kids, you have to pack all the essentials spending money meant for family activities on shopping for essentials. It also means having more time to spend with your family while on vacation. To ensure you have a pleasant trip, we have compiled a young family vacation packing checklist.
Clothes and shoes
When packing, it is important to include stain-resistant clothing. Why? They are easy to clean. From experience, we have determined that packing a few pairs of denim is highly beneficial than packing clothes made from cotton. Denim can be spot cleaned, unlike cotton which takes time to clean and stains easily.
Here is guide of items to include when packing:
Kid’s sun cream
Plastic bags (for separating dirty clothes from clean clothes)
Outdoor gear and others
Without any form of entertainment, kids get bored quickly and you know what follows. To avoid any screaming and fighting especially on the plane or in the car, it is important to pack the following items:
iPad and eReader
Portable DVD player
Charger and adapters
Laptop and accessories
iPod and DSLR camera
By packing the items above, you can keep your kids busy during travel thus having peace of mind.
If you are planning on vacationing in another country, there are vital documents that you should pack. These documents help to fast track your entry in and out of a foreign country. Without these documents, it will be difficult for you to vacation.
Health insurance cards
Driver’s license ( important if you will be hiring a car)
Prescription refill notes
Emergency numbers and others
There are personal care items that both daddy, mummy and even the kids need during the vacation. These personal care items help family members to maintain a high standard of hygiene. What you need personally depends on what you will use during your vacation. Remember, you don’t have to carry stuff you don’t need. If shopping for certain personal care items during your vacation is affordable, then conserve luggage space for other essential items.
Here is a GUIDE of personal care items to pack:
Toothbrush and toothpaste
Dental floss, cotton swabs, and chapstick
Make-up (eyeshadow, lipstick, lipgloss, foundation, and others)
Shampoo, body wash, conditioner, and facial moisturizer
Contact lenses, and reading glasses
Health and sun care
Whether you are planning for a beach vacation, skiing holiday or road trip across the country, your health and that of your family are very important. Packing health and sun care essentials make your trip pleasant. Not only that. It eliminates the need to rush family members to local hospitals to treat minor illness such as common cold or stomach ache. One of the most important items to pack is a first aid kit. The first aid kit should include bandages, pain killers, antibacterial ointment and others. Thanks to modern shopping, you can find first aid kits with all the necessary items online.
Bug spray is another essential item to pack. This is a must if you plan to vacation in the tropics. Insect repellant keeps mosquitoes and bugs at bay. This protects your family from mosquito bites and malaria. Essential health care items to pack include:
Supplements and vitamins
There are miscellaneous items that can make your trip pleasant. They include road maps, road assistance emergency pack, swiss knife, flashlight, and trash bags. These items come in handy when taking a road trip or camping in the woods. There are items you should not pack. They include hard-shell suitcases, food containers, too many clothes and shoes. Also, don’t pack sweet drinks and food plus too many toys.
Have a pleasant trip!