What we pack for a family holiday

What we pack for a family holiday

I did a bit of a count recently and discovered that my little boys have been to more than 11% of the countries in the world. I’ll save you some maths and let you know that works out at 17 countries. I mean, they’re only 5 and 3, so that’s a fabulous start on exploring the world! I think that means we’re pretty experienced at packing for our family.

Here is a packing list of the things we take on our family holidays.

How to pack for a family holiday so you only need to take one suitcase!

Hand luggage/ carry on

Credit and debit cards
Antibacterial handgel
Cash
Contraception
Daybag – small backpack or similar
Emergency snack
Glasses and glasses case
Handcream
Keys
Neck pillow
Pen and notebook
Phone (loaded with our favourite apps to entertain the kids)
Phrase book for the country you’re visiting
Reusable Shopping Bag
Reusable Water Bottle
Vie Healthcare’s Spray On Mosquito and Insect Repellent – (DEET-free and suitable for all ages, babies included)
Suncream
Tissues
Umbrella (invaluable when we were in Thailand!)
Wallet

Entertainment essentials

Travel plug converter
Music player (iPod or other mp3 player)
Batteries
Books and magazines
Camera
Chargers – camera/ipad/phone/laptop/kindle
Extra Memory Card (we swear by this Toshiba wifi memory card, which makes sharing photos on social media straight from your camera easy peasy)
Headphones
Kindle
Laptop

What to pack to entertain a toddler when flying long haul

Children

Baby Carrier
Blanket
Buggy/Pram (we fully endorse the Baby Jogger City Tour for travelling with small children)
Car seat/booster seat
Travel Cot/Inflatable toddler bed

Clothes

Bras
Coats/rain jackets
Dresses/Skirts
Extra plastic bags for dirty laundry
Gloves
Hat
Jewellery
Pyjamas
Scarves
Shoes
Shorts/Trousers
Small handbag (for when you don’t want to look too touristy, or if you go out during the evening, perhaps)
Socks
Sunglasses
Sweaters/cardigans
Tights/Leggings
T-Shirts/shirts
Underwear

Bathroom

Contact lens solution contact lenses and contacts case
Face and body lotion (I love HEVL SPF 50 Face Crème, which is free of MI, SLS, parabens and perfumes and costs £19.95 for 50ml. Available exclusively from http://www.skinshop.co.uk/)
Face wash
Hair clip and hair ties hairbrush
Hübner’s Silicea Gastro Intestinal Gel
Hübner’s ImmunPRO Infection Blocker
Kids bubble bath/soap
Lip Balm
Make-up
Medication (diarrhoea treatment, anti-nausea medication like Gin Gins, paracetamol, antihistamines)
Microfibre travel towel
Razor
Sealable plastic bags for toiletries
Shampoo & conditioner
Shower Gel
Small roll-on deodorant.
Tampons and sanitary towels
Toothbrush
Toothpaste
Vie Recovery patches
Wet wipes
Zap-It!

 

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