Family Vacation Packing List

What to pack for a family vacation. Checklists for people - big and small.

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Personal gear for Her and Him and in case there are more of you we've got every member of the family covered!

Combine this family vacation packing list with the Mother of all vacation packing lists which covers documentation, electronics and medical essentials.

His Vacation Packing Checklists

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  • Belts/ Suspenders/ Ties/ Tie pins
  • Underwear/ Socks
  • Casual shirts/ T-shirts/ Dress shirts
  • Dress shoes/ Sandals/ Athletic shoes
  • Hat/ Cap/ Wide brim
  • Pants/ Shorts
  • Pajamas/ Robe/ Slippers
  • Sports jacket
  • Suit
  • Swim suit
  • Workout clothes
  • Comb/ Brush
  • Deodorant
  • Lip balm
  • Shaving kit/ Shaving Cream
  • Shampoo/ Conditioner/ Styling Products
  • Toothbrush/ Oral hygiene products

Packing Tip

For each person, include an out-of-season outfit.

If your destination is hot, pack 1 cool weather outfit and if you're heading to a cool climate, pack a hot weather outfit.

Her Family Vacation Packing List

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  • Bathing suit and coverup
  • Bras/panties/girdle/slip/bodysuit/socks
  • Lingerie/ Sleep shirt/ Robe/ Slippers
  • Jewelry/ Accessories
  • Skirt/ Blouse/ Dress/ Jacket
  • Sarong/ Pareo
  • Sandals/ Flip-flops/ Dress shoes
  • Shorts/ Capris/ Pants
  • Sweater or warm shirt
  • Wide-brimmed hat
  • Tank/ Halter/ Sleeveless tops
  • Workout clothes/ Tennis shoes
  • Comb/ Brush
  • Deodorant
  • Tampons/ Pads/ Pantyliners
  • Razor or other
  • Makeup/ Makeup remover
  • Moisturizer/ SPF/ Skin care products
  • Toothbrush/ Other oral hygiene
  • Shampoo/ Conditioner/ Styling products
  • Hair styling tools and accessories

Personalize Your List

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Add your own items that are specific to this trip, eg. wedding dress, lucky golf club, etc. and ta da you have a personalized vacation packing list.

Special clothing items that the kids need - If you can squeeze them in, packing that spiderman T-shirt or the sparkly tutu will go a long way to gaining the kids' cooperation.

Clothing for the Kids

  • Swimsuits.
  • Sleepwear.
  • Underwear/ socks.
  • Shoes/ flip flops/ boots.
  • Hats/ sunglasses.
  • Jacket/ sweater.
  • Shirts/ blouses/ t-shirts/ rompers.
  • Pants/ shorts/ skirts/ skorts/ dresses.

Packing Tip

Roll each outfit together including socks and underwear to make it easy to get a day's clothing without rummaging through everything.

Bath & Body

  • Dr. Bronner's Castile Soap. *See below.
  • Toothbrush/ paste
  • Brush/ comb
  • Hair accessories
  • Sunscreen
  • Bug deterrent

*Pack just ONE soap for everything...Dr. Bronner's Fair Trade & Organic Unscented Castile Liquid Soap is ideal for every purpose, shampoo, body wash, laundry, dishes even baby bottles. One little bottle will keep everything and every body squeaky clean.

It's also available in bar form (left) to make it super simple to pack...even in your carry on.

Miscellaneous - Family Vacation Packing List

  • Snacks
  • Vitamins
  • Bandaids
  • Night light or book light to clip on their pillow.
  • Rain jacket and boots

When Traveling with Young Children

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  • Baby Carrier.
  • Bibs.
  • Bottle, pacifiers, sippy cup.
  • Puzzles, coloring books, story books.
  • Favourite toy, blanket.
  • Childproofing items (velcro wraps/twist ties/clothes pins to keep cords and drapes up, electrical outlet and doorknob covers).
  • Recent photos of your child in case they get lost.
  • Diapers/ pull ups
  • Swim diapers or Baby Board Shorts
  • Wipes
  • Waterproof sheet
  • Batteries for special toys.

When Traveling by Car With Little Ones Bring Along

Documentation - Family Vacation Packing List

  • Passport.
  • Important Tip

    E-mail yourself a scanned copy of the photo page of everyone's passport.

  • Prescriptions and generic names of essential medications.
  • Legal documentation if you share custody of child/children and are taking them out of the country.
  • Contact information for Paediatrician and Dentist.
  • Vaccination records.

Family Vacation Packing List for Adolescents & Teens

  • Music - iPod with headset.
  • Disposable camera, waterproof.
  • Scrapbooking items.
  • Puzzle books - Suduko, Wordfind, etc..
  • Journal/funky pens and pencils.
  • Batteries and rechargers.
  • Books/magazines.
  • Electronic games.
  • DVD's and portable player.

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