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Family summer vacation packing list!

Family Summer Vacation Packing List!


Summer is almost around the corner, which means that you will have to pack your bags for a family vacation very soon! This can be very tricky, especially if you are responsible for all of your family members, however, it doesn’t have to be like that at all. Here are some tips on how to pack like a pro, so check them out and have fun with it.

Have a Day by Day Plan.

Having a detailed plan for your family summer vacation will save the day, first of all because it will prevent you from packing unnecessary pile of clothes that can really cost a fortune at an airport. It is always a good idea to plan everything in advance, particularly when there are at least three of you travelling. For example, if you are staying ten days, you will need as many as seven or eight shirts, simply because there is no need for bringing more. All of you will spend most of the time in your swimsuits, right?

Pack Clothes Like a Pro.

When it comes to proper packing, there is an eternal dilemma – should I roll clothes or should I fold them? The right answer is: you should do both! It is important to know that folded clothes take up more space, however, they are less likely to wrinkle. On the other hand, rolled clothes will certainly take up less space, but these will inevitably wrinkle if you store them improperly. Having all this in mind, you should think this through and use both techniques – folding for delicate items, such as collared shirts, and rolling for tough fabrics such as cotton, wool, and denim.

Don’t Forget Kids’ Essentials.

kids packing

Some of the most important things you will need for your kids are stroller, baby bottles, food, and utensils, diapers, pacifiers, blankets, wipes, and formula. If your kids are slightly older, you should definitely bring their favourite toys they cannot sleep without, because insomnia is the last thing you want on your vacation. Besides that, you should always bring a first-aid kit with all kinds of medicines in it, starting with tummy ache ones, anti-itch creams, motion sickness remedies, and so on. Of course, thermometer and band aids are also necessary, just in case.


Beach Stuff Are a Must.

When talking about summer vacation, beach stuff are an absolute must and these include the following items: swimsuits and cover-ups for everyone, at least two for every family member, beach towels, umbrella, small portable cooler, huge beach bag, and blanket. As for the beach toys, you really don’t need to bring them, especially if you don’t have much space left in your suitcase. These are usually very cheap, so you can buy them as soon as you get there. Needless to say, sunscreen is extremely important, and products with SPF 50 or higher, with both UVA and UVB protection, are highly required.


Pack Your Bags and Go!


Once you have all of the aforementioned things covered – you are good to go. However, it is important that you have high-quality suitcase, too, because that is the only way you can feel safe on your trip. Leather goods for trips have always been very popular worldwide, simply because these are one of the best choices when it comes to quality. Such pieces are truly timeless, and it is always a good idea to have them by your side.

As soon as all the essentials are packed, you are ready for a summer vacation. Once all your suitcases are packed, the next most important thing is that all of you will spend a quality time together, having fun and create some unforgettable memories, because that is what family vacations are all about. Bon voyage!

*** This is a guest post by Peter Minkoff ***


31 thoughts on “Family summer vacation packing list!

  1. i agree on the suitcase! a high quality one as there definitely will be something valuable the kids may have thrown in

  2. I roll clothes up into little balls to try and fit everything in but we have to remember to keep everything under the maximum weight due to airport baggage restrictions.

  3. Best advice in like forever – “roll clothes or should I fold them? The right answer is: you should do both”

  4. Great tips for smart trip in the summer. I loved the tips, we all need great organization before a vacation for successful trip.

  5. Excellent tips, we havent done a vacation as a family yet, but I will keep this in mind for when we do

  6. A very well written post Peter. These are definitely some really good pointers. Let’s see what my husband plans for this summer.

  7. I can’t believe summer is here already and were being reminded to carry our swimwear.
    I need to keep this checklist.
    Thank you

  8. Sometimes I struggle packing for just me. Let alone with kids. Great post. I’m sure this will help a lot of families.

  9. loved this post and loved the little graphics for the packing list!You are right!packing for a vacation with kids needs a lot of planning!

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