Packing List

Family packing list: newborn to adult.

How To Use This List:

If your kids are at least three years’ old, print out the children’s lists linked just below. Cross out “pyjamas”. Explain that “swimsuit” means “togs” and “flip-flops” means “thongs” but they should actually pack sandals or crocs. Vow to create your own printable children’s list for future trips, when you have time. Give them a suitcase and set them packing.

Then copy and paste the rest into a word processing document or email. Delete any items that don’t apply, and any explanatory notes you don’t need. Start packing, deleting items off the list as you go. When your document is blank, leave the house immediately.

*Stars indicate lower-priority items I remove first if the bag is looking too full.

Printable kids’ lists:

Pre-Readers (3-5 years old) (via Creative With Kids).

Readers (primary school age[pdf]) (3-page list via Stuffed Suitcases – see this post for notes on how to use it, and alternative lists).

The Rest – for adults:

This section includes a core list, plus checklists for newborns, weaning babies, crawlers and early toddlers, late toddlers, young kids and big kids.

It covers all types of family trips, from Japanese ski holidays to Thai beach vacations to Christmas runs home to visit Grandma.

I encourage you to tweak this list for your own needs and save a copy wherever you want. If you use it as the basis for a publicly-available post, please link back! Thanks.

Luggage all packed.

Core List:

  • Documents and paperworkpassports in holders, tickets, itinerary (flights/transport/hotels), travel insurance details and emergency contact number, guide books/phrase books or apps if using
  • Moneypurse, credit cards, debit cards, local currency if taking
  • Commsphones with chargers and universal adaptor, kids’ apps
  • Clothesone outfit per day including underwear (maximum five days) plus any spares (see under each agegroup for amount of spares). For winter, layering up can reduce packing volume (take maximum three or four full outfits plus all spares and rotate layers). Generally I don’t take pyjamas, I take comfortable enough day clothes and use them around the clock. A light scarf or pashmina is very versatile, especially for conservative cultures, religious places and against dry heat or extremes of air conditioning.
  • Warm wear for winterwarm hat, coat, scarf, gloves, legwarmers or long johns, socks, singlets
  • Summer and beach wearsun hat, togs, goggles*, flippers*, snorkel*, floaties*
  • King-sized mosquito net and tent poles* if needed, depending on destination
  • Universal plug (you will hand wash something at least once, and may find it handy for bathing infants)
  • First aid kitsun cream (kid-friendly), mosquito repellant (kid-friendly), tweezers, bandaids, panadol for adults (plus add children’s or infants’ from lists below), nasal decongestant (adult)*, sterile saline drops*, small scissors, small sewing kit (not strictly first aid purposes but fits nicely in the same bag), ear plugs (ditto, although sleep is medicinal)*, antiseptic hand gel, tissues, rolled bandage, thermometer, feminine hygiene products, and don’t forget the contraception – unless you want to pack twice as much next trip. I don’t take medications for vomiting or diarrhoea – I prefer to either rehydrate and ride it out or see a doctor, obviously quicker on the latter with the kids – but a sachet of oral rehydration salts is a good idea and consider also some water sterilisation tablets*.
  • Toiletriestoothbrushes for all, combs/hair brushes/clips and ties as needed, one kids’ toothpaste and one adults’ (use a somewhat-empty tube to save space, less empty for longer trips), one set of shampoo, soap, nail clippers and nail brush to share, adults add their own deodorant, moisturiser, glitter eyeshadow in electric blue*, etc.
  • Shoesone pair each if possible. Two maximum. Not needed for babes in arms!
  • Travel towel*
  • Rain wear – travel ponchos, raincoats, umbrellas*, stroller cover* – as appropriate according to destination and activity level
  • Ziplock plastic travel bags (roll-up variety)
  • Gifts
  • Water bottles normal type for over-twos, plus developmentally-appropriate type as listed below
  • Specialty equipment* (telescope, sports gear, etc)

Newborn (approx 0-6 months):

  • Infant capsule
  • Swaddles/wraps
  • Dummy/Pacifier if applicable
  • White noise recording (on your phone)
  • Nappies and wipes
  • Carrier of choice (sling)
  • Two spare sets clothes
  • Warm outfit for plane
  • Bottles if needed plus cleaning equipment (don’t bring if you breastfeed)
  • Infants’ panadol

Weaning Baby In Arms (approx 4-12 months):

  • Infant capsule
  • Swaddles/wraps or gro bags if cold weather
  • Dummy/Pacifier (if using)
  • White noise recording (on your phone)
  • Nappies and wipes
  • Carrier of choice (sling)
  • Stroller*
  • Small, non-slip bath mat (once sitting)*
  • Two spare sets clothes
  • Warm outfit for plane
  • Feeding equipment:
    • Bib (catcher-style)
    • Snack catcher with finger foods*
    • Spoons*
  • Bottle/sippy cup
  • Baby food* (priority varies depending on baby’s pickiness and destination)
  • Infants’ panadol

Crawler/Early Walker (approx 9 months-2 years):

  • Capsule or car seat
  • Sleeping bag/gro bag (if cold weather)
  • Dummy/pacifier (if using) with clip
  • Nappies and wipes
  • Small, non-slip bath mat*
  • Carrier (ergo)
  • Stroller*
  • Child harness*
  • Feeding equipment:
    • Bib (catcher-style)
    • Snack catcher with finger foods*
    • Spoons*
  • Water bottle/sippy
  • Cuddle toy
  • Light entertainment
  • Two spare sets clothes
  • Infants’ or children’s panadol
  • Gaffer tape or electrical tape (for childproofing – no, not that kind of child proofing) or travel childproofing kit

Late Toddler (approx 2-4 years):

  • Car seat
  • Sleeping bag/gro bag (if cold weather)
  • Dummy/pacifier (if using) with clip
  • Nappies and wipes and/or training pants plus three or four extra pairs of underpants and two extra shorts/trousers
  • Small, non-slip bath mat*
  • Carrier (ergo)
  • Stroller*
  • Child harness*
  • Feeding equipment:
    • Bib (preferably plain, with waterproof backing)
    • Snack catcher with finger foods*
    • Spoons*
    • Chopsticks if applicable*
  • Cuddle toy
  • Light entertainment
  • One spare set clothes
  • Children’s panadol
  • Gaffer tape or electrical tape (for childproofing – if still needed)

Young Tyke (approx 4-7 years):

Big Kid (7+):

  • Entertainment/toy/cheap, second-hand digital camera/journal and pen
  • Learning chopsticks (if applicable)*
  • Children’s panadol (until able to use adult tablets)

Senior Travellers (85+) (List provided by my Grandma)

  • Formal wear for cruises, including one pair of formal shoes
  • 2 sets of sleep wear
  • Fold-out maps and books, for interest and entertainment
  • Daily medications – over-the-counter, prescription, herbal, creams (such as arnica cream for bruising) and balms (e.g. lip balms)
  • List of medications and health conditions, in case of unscheduled doctor’s visits
  • Electric shaver
  • Lipstick and powder
  • Tooth cup for dentures
  • Walking sticks
  • Spare batteries and cleaning swabs for hearing aids
  • Prescription eyewear
  • Non-slip bath mat
  • Anti-snoring device
  • Hot water bottle for bad backs
  • Torch for night time visits to toilet
  • Travel alarm
  • Snacks for blood sugar
  • Disability permit

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This packing list appeared first at Journeys of the Fabulist.

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