Family vacations are either joyful or full of stress or maybe a bit of both.
Making a vacation successful and memorable calls for some planning. What you pack and what you forget will effect your travel in a significant way.
Here’s the checklist for your next road or air travel.
I have traveled with my babies when they were as young as 4 months ( road trips and India trips ). Whatever was there in my travel diaries, I’m sharing here with few additions which we don’t take along but you may want to ( Laptops, DVD’s etc) .
First aid kit – Band aids, Antiseptic cream, Gauze pads
Medications – Cough, cold, fever, Vicks Rub, Cough drops, Diarrhea, allergies, ointments, thermometer
Prescription drugs ( If any )
Shaving Kit ( For Him)
Make up bag ( For Her)
Contacts/Glasses + Contact Lens Solution
Sunglasses, hats, sunscreen
Footwear – Indoor slippers, Sneakers/ walking shoes, Fancy shoes ( weather dependent)
Clothing- weather appropriate, light jackets/ cardigans. You should also check the local weather of your destination a day before you travel and make sure your clothing is weather appropriate.
Duct tape – Baggage repairs and baby proofing hotel rooms.
Zip lock Bags ( all sizes )
Toys – sand toys, favorite stuff toys ( For kids ), legos
Puzzles, Crosswords, Sudoku
Bubbles, Inflatable Ball
Books , E-books, DVD’s, Magazines
Travel Journals – good activity for grown up children
Drawing books, crayons
Toothbrush, toothpaste, floss
Chapstick, Deo, Q Tips
Nail cutter, Small scissors ( Not allowed in carry on bags if flying)
Travel size- Shampoo, Conditioner, Body wash, Body Lotion
Towels ( ?? )
Food / Snacks
Drinks – water, juice, coffee ( Bottled ones )
Pedialyte Powder packs – can be used by anyone after a long day or on a hot day.
Finger foods- snack bars, fresh and dried fruits, cheese sticks, chips,trail mix, whole grain crackers, nuts, popcorn
Cooler for car snacks
Cutlery – glasses, plates, forks or spoons ( road trip)
Plastic bags to collect trash ( inside the car )
Electronics / Battery
Cell phones + Chargers
Digital Camera + Case + Charger + Memory Cards
A power strip – all the electronics can be charged together
Road trip playlist – believe me it’s worth the effort.
DVD’s ( In case kids watch TV during travel)
Audio books ( borrow from local library)
Print outs for the road directions ( just in case the signal is lost )
Rental car information + your own car insurance
Wallet, license, debit card, cash, insurance information
Scan all your important documents ( Passports, Visa, Driver’s License etc.) and email all to yourself.
Nail polish to cover up any chips, Nail filer
Travel size nail paint removing pads.
Jewelery ( minimal – try to mix and match )
Make up ( minimal in my case)
Make up removing wipes
Clothing + accessories (swimsuit depending on season)
Comfortable shoes (at least two pairs)
Deodorant/Body Spray/ Body Mist
Lip balm( Most Important in my list)
Hair products / accessories – Combs/ Hair brush, Hair ties, Gel, Sprays, Blow Dryer, Straightener
A good book
Travel Sewing kit
Is there anything else you think we should add to our packing list?
Please share in the comments below.
Have a great vacation !!