How To Pack for Comfortable and Prepared Travel

Have you ever watched people on TV pack? They have one suitcase open on their bed and they just toss things in as they grab them. I always imagine them arriving at their destination to find ten scarves and a pair of pajamas. I used to find packing stressful, especially when I was traveling with a small child. After going on a week long vacation four years in a row, I found that this year I knew just what to pack.

So, I made a list and I’m sharing it with you, so that when you’re packing for your next trip you won’t have to think so hard. It assumes that you are staying in a place with towels, a place to do laundry, and toiletries.

Everything fits in our tiny hatchback comfortably with room to bring home the stuff that Grandma gives us. It all fits in a medium and a small suitcase, a carry-on, a beach bag, a mini-backpack, a shopping tote and a purse.

The Kindergartener

  • Bathing Suit
  • Beach Slippers
  • Five Two Piece Outfits (Shirt/Shorts, Dress/Leggings)
  • Five Pairs of Socks
  • Five Underwear
  • Walking Shoes
  • Cute Shoes
  • Two Sunhats (in case one ends up in pond)
  • Eyeglasses (bring the spare, too)
  • Teddy
  • Blanket (one that you can use in the car)
  • Sweater
  • Jacket
  • Raincoat and Boots
  • Hoodie Towel or Housecoat
  • Beach Coverup
  • Kid’s Toothpaste
  • Kid’s Toothbrush
  • No-tears Shampoo
  • Soap
  • Detangling Spray
  • Kid’s Sunscreen
  • Kid’s Bug Spray
  • Water Bottles
  • Kid’s Mouthwash
  • Prescription Medication
  • Cold Medication (just in case)
  • Bedtime Book

Mom & Dad

  • Beach Bag
  • Stain Remover Pen
  • Three Two Piece Outfits
  • Five Underwear
  • Sunhat
  • Sunglasses
  • Eyeglasses
  • Sunscreen
  • Bug Spray
  • Deodorant
  • Shaving Stuff
  • Toothbrush
  • Toothpaste
  • Memory Stick
  • Phone
  • Books
  • Prayer Binder
  • Water Bottles
  • Picnic Blanket
  • Exercise Clothes
  • Nail Clippers
  • Sweaters
  • Jackets
  • Medication
  • Drivers License
  • Health Cards
  • Chargers for your devices
  • Keys
  • Purse
  • Dental Floss
  • Practical Shoes

To Do

  • return/renew library books
  • vacuum
  • make beds
  • take out garbage/compost
  • water plants
  • taps are off
  • windows locked
  • light timer on
  • fridge closed
  • oven off

What else would you add to the list? What did I forget?

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One thought on “How To Pack for Comfortable and Prepared Travel

  1. sweepingupjoy says:

    I’d add a generous lump of plastic grocery bags. They can be used for collecting garbage while in the car or on a plane. To hold clothes that get “accidented” or spilled on. To keep dirty clothes away from the clean clothes. To wrap diapers in so they won’t ruin the trip until a garbage can is accessible. So. Many. Uses.

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