All Ages

The Ultimate Family Packing List

Packing for a Family Vacation; MNStudio/Shutterstock.com

Do you forget something every time you pack for a trip? Get organized with our interactive family packing list, which includes every essential item you’ll need on your next adventure with the kids.

How It Works: Simply scroll down the page or click here for a PDF version that you can save or print out. The list can easily be customized for your family’s unique needs and vacation plans. Want a mobile-friendly version of the list? Click here and save the file to your phone.

Baby and Toddler Gear

  • Baby carrier
  • Bibs
  • Diaper ointment
  • Bottles or sippy cup
  • Car seat
  • Changing pad
  • Diapers and/or pull-ups
  • Wipes
  • Extra clothes
  • Food and snacks
  • Formula
  • Juice
  • Travel stroller
  • Toys
  • Baby food
  • Blankets
  • Child’s toilet seat
  • Portable highchair/booster
  • Playard
  • Nursing pads
  • Pacifiers
  • Waterproof sheets

First-Aid Kit

  • Medications for colds, fevers, allergies, motion sickness and tummy aches
  • Prescription medicines
  • Vitamin supplements
  • Band-Aids
  • Tweezers
  • Thermometer

Outdoor Gear

  • Anti-itch cream
  • Bug spray
  • Mittens, hat, scarf (winter)
  • Rain coat/boots
  • Sunscreen, sunglasses, wide-brimmed hat (summer)
  • Weather-appropriate footwear (sandals, boots, sneakers)
  • Weather-appropriate jacket
  • Air mattress
  • Beach towel
  • Binoculars
  • Camping stove/fuel Can opener Compass/GPS
  • Cutlery/dishes
  • Flashlight
  • Insect repellent
  • Lighter
  • Shortwave radio
  • Sleeping bags
  • Sunglasses
  • Sunscreen
  • Tent
  • Trekking poles
  • Umbrella
  • Water bottle
  • Beach toys
  • Cooler
  • Reusable water bottles
  • Umbrella
  • Swiss Army knife
  • Corkscrew

Toiletries

  • Body lotion
  • Contact lenses and solution
  • Cosmetics
  • Curling iron/hair straightener
  • Deodorant
  • Eye drops
  • Feminine hygiene products
  • Floss
  • Glasses
  • Hairbrush or comb
  • Hair care products
  • Hair dryer
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Lip balm
  • Moist towelettes
  • Mouthwash
  • Paper towels/tissues
  • Razors and shaving cream
  • Soap
  • Toiletry bag
  • Toothbrushes
  • Toothpaste
  • Towel/wash cloth
  • Universal sink stopper
  • Woolite or detergent packets
  • Shampoo and conditioner

Clothing and Accessories

  • Beach cover-ups
  • Belts
  • Comfortable walking shoes
  • Dresses
  • Dress shoes
  • Gloves/mittens
  • Hiking boots
  • Jacket
  • Jewelry
  • Knit hat
  • Long underwear
  • Pajamas/sleepwear
  • Pants/trousers
  • Rain boots
  • Raincoat
  • Sandals
  • Scarf
  • Shapewear
  • Shirts
  • Shorts
  • Slippers
  • Socks
  • Tights
  • Suit(s)
  • Sweaters
  • Sweatshirts
  • Swimsuits
  • Sneakers
  • T-shirts
  • Underwear
  • Watch
  • Wide-brimmed hat

Travel Gadgets and Entertainment

  • Camera and charger
  • Cell phone and charger
  • Converters and adapters
  • Extra memory cards or film
  • Tablets
  • PDA Spare batteries
  • Books
  • Coloring books
  • Music or movies
  • Board games
  • Crayons/markers/pens/pencils
  • Kid-friendly camera
  • Portable electronics: DS/hand-held DVD player/tablet
  • Playing cards
  • Stuffed animals
  • Toys
  • Travel journal

On the Plane

  • Books or magazines
  • Earplugs
  • Eye mask
  • Inflatable pillow
  • Travel blanket
  • TSA-approved Ziploc bags
  • Snacks
  • Headphones
  • Chewing gum

In the Car 

  • Antifreeze
  • Ice scraper
  • Jumper cables
  • Keys
  • Motor oil
  • Pillows and blankets
  • Spare tire or donut
  • Windshield wiper fluid

Important Documents 

  • Passport, visa(s) and photocopies
  • Driver’s license
  • Copy of airline tickets, hotel reservations, and car rental
  • Insurance information
  • Medical and vaccination records
  • Membership cards (AAA, frequent flier)
  • Cash
  • Credit and ATM cards
  • Passport/travel document organizer
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