The all important family checklist

Ok, so I admit, I may LOOK organised, I may SEEM organised, I may come across as organised, but only my husband could tell you, sometimes, I am not very organised at all and due to this we have got ourselves into quite a pickle when travelling over the years. I used to mock my mother for her stack of lists when we went on family holidays and still think that my parents do tend to overpack – just a liiiittle – when they travel, but, when it comes to travelling with young kids: BE PREPARED! I recently found this checklistas I was packing for our family holiday next week. I highly recommend you cut, paste and print! Ok Mum, you’re right, it’s good to have a check list.

Baby & Toddler Gear: Carry-on/Close at Hand

Baby carrier
Bibs
Diaper ointment
Bottles or sippy cup
Changing pad
Diapers/Pull-ups
Wipes
Extra clothes
Food and snacks
Formula
Baby food
Blankets
Nursing pads
Pacifiers
Juice (purchase after security)

 

Baby & Toddler Gear

Car seat
Stroller (gate check)
Child’s toilet seat
Portable highchair/booster*
Pack ‘n Play*
Waterproof sheets

* Some hotels may provide highchairs, boosters and pack-n-plays. Inquire and request ahead.

Entertainment

Books
Coloring books
Travel games
Handheld games (DS, PSP)
Kid-friendly camera
Playing cards
Music or movies
Portable DVD player
Stuffed animals
Toys
Crayons/markers/pencils

 

Important Necessities*

Driver’s license
Copy of E-tickets
Guidebook(s)
Hotel reservations
Directions
Insurance information
Traveler’s checks
Calling card
Car rental confirmations
Cash
Credit and ATM cards
Credit card contact info
Photocopies of birth certificates
Passport, visa(s) and photocopies
Medical and vaccination records
Membership cards (AAA, frequent flier)

* Keep these items close at hand, and pack in your carry-on bag, if flying (don’t WHATEVER YOU DO get this suitcase stolen: I did.)

Personal Items & Hygiene

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

 

First-Aid Kit

Anti-itch cream
Band Aids
Hand sanitizer
Motion sickness remedies
Neosporin
Tweezers
Thermometer
Tummy ache medicine

 

Medications & Health

Allergy pills
Cold medicine
Contraceptives
Herbal supplements
Malaria tablets
Pain relievers
Prescriptions
Sleep medications
Vitamins
Water purification method
Nausea and diarrhea remedies

 

Clothing & Accessories

Beach cover-up
Belt
Comfortable walking shoes
Dress(es)
Dress shoes
Gloves/mittens
Hiking boots
Jacket
Jewelry
Knit hat
Long underwear
Pajamas/sleepwear
Pants/trousers
Rain boots
Raincoat
Sandals
Scarf
Shirts
Shorts
Slippers
Socks
Stockings
Suit(s)
Sweaters
Sweatshirts
Swimsuit
Sneakers
T-shirts
Underwear
Watch
Wide-brimmed hat

 

 Gadgets

  Camera and charger
  Cell phone and charger
  Converters and adapters
  Extra memory cards or film
  Laptop and accessories
  MP3 player
  PDA
  Spare batteries
  Travel alarm clock
  Video camera and charger

 

On the Plane

  Books or magazines
  Earplugs
  Eye mask
  Headphones
  Inflatable pillow
  Travel blanket
  TSA-approved luggage locks
  TSA-approved zip-lock bags

 

In the Car

  Antifreeze
  Driving directions
  Ice scraper
  Jumper cables
  Keys
  Maps
  Motor oil
  Pillow and blanket
  Spare tire or donut
  Windshield wiper fluid

 

Outdoors

  Air mattress
  Beach towel
  Binoculars
  Camping stove/fuel
  Can opener
  Compass/GPS
  Cutlery/dishes
  Flashlight
  Insect repellent
  Lighter
  Shortwave radio
  Sleeping bag
  Sunglasses
  Sunscreen
  Tent
  Trekking poles
  Umbrella
  Water bottle
  Beach toys

 

Miscellaneous

  Address book
  Cooler
  Chewing gum
  Corkscrew
  Swiss army knife
  Travel journal

 

missing anything?!?

xo, SSM

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