This is the master packing list we use when we go on trips. Feel free to save it to your computer and modify it to suit your needs. Then for each trip just print it out, figure out how much of each item you need, and youíre good to go!
Sweaters and sweatshirts
Jackets- warm jackets and rain jackets
Swimsuits- even if you donít think youíll be swimming, they take up next to no space
Shoes for different occasions- hiking, dining out, beachcombing etc.
Hats (for sun or cold)
Cold weather gear- gloves, mittens, scarves, boots, etc.
Shampoo & conditioner for adults and kids
Bath soap or shower gel
Nail clippers or a nail file
Sunscreen, plus a sunstick to use on faces
Toothbrushes, toothpaste, special kidsí toothpaste, dental floss
Hairbrush/comb/hair clips and elastics
Diapers & wipes- bring more than you think youíll need
Earplugs (if youíre a light sleeper or have a teenager that wants to sleep in)
Hand sanitizer- for when thereís no soap available
Whatever personal items anyone needs- contact lens care, makeup, special creams etc.
Stuff for Kids:
Backpack or other carrier for baby
Bed gates- look for collapsible versions, which take up less space
Music players, headphones and/or mini-speakers, extra batteries
Small toys and books
Kid-sized utensils and sippy cups
Games- in case of a rainy day
Small fan to help block out strange noises at night
Flashlights or booklights- for reading in hotels when younger kids are asleep
Ziploc bags and trash bags- for a multitude of uses
Food you canít be without- favorite snacks, tea or coffee, small salt & pepper shakers etc.
A portable knife
Small cooler and ice pack- for lunch on the go
Plastic utensils for take-out meals
Paper plates, cups, & napkins
Dish soap & towels-good for washing dishes or rinsing out sippy cups
Small box of laundry detergent (or just scoop some into a re-sealable bag)
A picture of your children- in case of emergency
Pillows- if youíve got the space, kids may sleep better with their own
An extra roll of paper towels and toilet paper- you never know when youíll need them.
Your wallet- double check that you have photo IDís, medical cards, and enough cash
Guidebooks to your destination, plus a list of things you want to do
Tickets and confirmations for anything youíve reserved
Small pad of paper & a pen
Destination Specific Items:
Think about where youíre going & what youíll be doing. You may need snorkel equipment, towels, beach toys, and a beach umbrella for the beach, sheets and towels if youíre renting a house, camping equipment, sports equipment for active vacations, etc.