Any mom who’s done a trip anywhere with young kids knows the importance of careful packing. ‘Cause leave your kiddo’s favorite lovey behind and you could be looking at a week’s worth of stressful bedtime routines – not what you want when you’re on vacay! That’s why moms understand the need for a strong packing game, and why the usefulness of a packing list for traveling with a baby, toddler, or young kids should not be understated.
We put together three sample packing lists for kids, for trips that you might be planning. These lists aren’t meant to be exhaustive, just designed to get you started creating your own list of must-haves. You can print them out or copy them into your notes app of choice, add to them, and refer back to these toddler and kid packing lists anytime you have a bag to pack. Because saving moms time is a big part of what we’re about here at Kids on 45th!
🗹 Trip 1: Overnight to Grandma’s
Staying over at the grandparents can be a memory maker for kiddos. Being away from mom and dad for a night is a big deal! One way to make sure it goes smoothly is with careful packing that includes the essentials plus some comfort items.
▢ Two complete outfits (shirt, shorts/pants, underwear, socks)
▢ Diapers/training pants
▢ One sweatshirt or jacket
▢ One pair of pajamas
▢ Alternate pair of shoes
▢ Extra pair of socks and undies
▢ Toothbrush, toothpaste, child-safe shampoo and soap
▢ Favorite stuffy/lovey/blanket for snuggling
▢ Kiddo’s pillow (that familiar smell could make bedtime in a new place easier)
▢ A nightlight
▢ Sound machine (if they use one at home)
▢ Recent photo of your family
▢ A few favorite games or small activities that kiddo could play with grandparents (hello, bonding!)
▢ Box of snacks
🗹 Trip 2: Family Road Trip with Multiple Stops
Hitting the road with your family is the classic American summer vacation! Doing it with kids is fun, with some planning and smart packing. Here are the absolute essentials you’re going to want to load into the car before you buckle those belts and hit the open road for a week.
▢ 7 pairs of socks and undies
▢ 2 pairs of pajamas
▢ 2 swimsuits
▢ Sandals, flip flops, sneakers
▢ Sunscreen, hat, sunglasses
▢ Child-safe shampoo, conditioner, body wash, lotion
▢ Comb or brush, hair accessories
▢ Car-friendly entertainment, such as audiobooks, etch-a-sketch, puzzle books, tablets, travel games, sing-alongs
▢ First-aid kit
▢ Snacks and drinks
▢ Small backseat cooler, ice pack
▢ Child’s lovey, favorite toy, small pillow
🗹 Trip 3: Beach Day
Packing for a day trip to the beach with your kiddo? Lucky you! Let’s do this – stay safe out there!
▢ Portable beach tent or umbrella
▢ Beach chairs
▢ Sand mats to sit on
▢ First-aid kit
▢ Beach toys, balls, frisbee
▢ Floatation devices
▢ Small portable cooler
▢ Snacks and drinks
▢ Swimsuit cover-ups
▢ Change of clothes
▢ Body wash, shampoo, after-sun lotion
▢ Flip flops
▢ Cash for the snack bar
We hope you have some fun reasons to pack on your summer calendar! Don’t forget, you can always take a vacation from shopping by building a Kids on 45th box, where there’s no need to waste time searching for deals or browsing through page after page in search of affordable clothes for your kiddos.
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