Family Vacation Packing List

What to pack for a Family Vacation.
Checklists for people - big and small.

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

When you're done with this family vacation packing list head over to the  Mother of all vacation packing lists which covers documentation, electronics, medical essentials and interesting miscellaneous items.

His Vacation Packing Checklists

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

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Packing Tip

For each person in your party, 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

  • Bathing suit and coverup
  • Bras, Panties, Spanx, Slip, Bodysuit, Socks
  • Lingerie, Sleep shirt, Robe, Slippers
  • Jewelry, Accessories
  • Skirt, Blouse, Dress
  • Blouse, Jacket, Chemise
  • Sarong, Pareo
  • Sandals, Flip-flops, Dress shoes
  • Shorts, Capris, Pants, Skort
  • Sweater, Hoodie, Jacket, Warm Shirt
  • Wide-brimmed hat
  • Tank, Halter, Sleeveless tops
  • Workout clothes & Gear, 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 & Accessories

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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.
Get the kids on board by including their favorite things. If you can squeeze them in, packing that Spiderman T-shirt or the sparkly tutu will go a long way toward gaining the kids' cooperation.

Clothing for the Kids

  • Swimsuits
  • 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 (click photo above) 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

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

When Traveling by Car With Little Ones

Documentation - Family Vacation Packing List

Important Tip

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

  • Passport.

  • Vaccination records.

  • Contact information for Pediatrician and Dentist.

  • Prescriptions and generic names of essential medications.

  • Legal documentation if you share custody of child/children and are taking them out of the country or if you are bringing someone else's children.

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.

More Vacation Tips

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