Family Travel Packing Guide

We are heading out on our first big family vacation and one the most stressful parts of family travel happens before you ever leave home. Packing can be a process, as you want to make sure that you don’t forget anything essential for the kids or yourself. Here’s how I’ve tackled the process, feel free to use our handy family packing guide to make sure that you get these essentials into your bag:


This is a great way to keep toddlers and older kids entertained on a flight or long car trips. I know theres a stigma surrounding giving your kid an iPad just to keep them quiet, but on long car rides it can definitely be a life saver.

Tablet Family Packing List


1. iPad mini / 2. Fire HD Kindle Edition / 3. Orbo Jr. 4GB Android / 4. LeapFrog LeapPad3 Kids’ Learning Tablet / 5.  Dragon Touch 7 / 6. Samsung Galaxy 3 


Bring along some small, inexpensive toys that you won’t mind losing along the way. It’s a good idea to choose small items that will keep the little ones occupied in the car, the plane and in the hotel. Of course I recommend our Surprise Ball that add to endless entertainment!


Travel Toys Family Packing List



1. Surprise Ball / 2. Melissa & Doug Flip to Win Bingo / 3. Kidoozie Cool Tools Activity Set / 4. Stuffies Prancine the Unicorn / 5. AquaDoodle Set / 6. Fisher-Price Travel Doodler Pro / 7. Curious George Magnetic Set /  8. ALEX Toys Artist Studio Desk To Go 

Carrier or Sling

Ideal for infants and toddlers, a carrier will allow you to move through the airport with ease. It’s also great when you get to your destination and are sight-seeing and exploring.Tablet Family Packing List Slings Carriers

1. BABYBJORN Baby Carrier Original / 2. Boba Baby Wrap / 3. Evenflo Natural Fit Soft Carrier / 4.  Ergobaby Original Baby Carrier / 5. Osprey Packs Poco  


Whether you’re traveling by air or hitting the road, you’ll want to have some easy to grab snacks packed up for the journey. Make sure all snacks are tightly sealed and in placed in room temp storage! No one likes melted snacks 😉 

Tablet Family Packing List Snacks


1. The Best Homemade Kids’ Snacks on the Planet Book / 2. Nutella and GO! Snack / 3. CLIF Kid ZBAR  / 4. Disney Rock N Sip N Snack Canteen Water Bottle for Kids / 5. Justin’s Almond Butter / 6. Trader Joe’s Freeze Dried Fruit Assortment / 7. GOOD Bag of Kid’s Snacks

Light Blanket

Pack a light blanket that you can easily pull out in case your child gets chilly. This is a must have on airplanes, as they tend to get cold at times. A familiar blanket can help when your sleeping away from home or traveling to a far away place. 



1. Pinzon Velvet Plush Blanket / 2. Wallaboo Baby Blanket Eden / 3. American Baby Company Organic Embroidered Receiving Blanket / 4. Fancy Knit Blanket with Wide Ribbed Border / 5. MEG Original Lavender & Gray Minky Dot Baby Girl Blanket

Diaper Disposal Bags

If you have a little one still in diapers, bring disposal bags. You’ll appreciate having them on the plane and in the hotel (and so will everyone else around you!). 

Tablet Family Packing List

1. Sassy Baby Disposable Diaper Sacks / 2. Summer Infant Keep Me Clean Disposable Diaper Sacks / 3. Munchkin Arm and Hammer Diaper Bag Dispenser / 4. Munchkin Arm and HammerDiaper Bag Refills / 5. Green N Pack Easy-Tie Scented Baby Diaper Sacks


Even if you’re traveling in warm temperatures, it’s still a good idea to have a jacket. Bring one for everyone in the family in case the evenings are cool or the weather turns rainy. 

Tablet Family Packing List Jackets

1. Carter’s Little Girls’ Printed Fleece Lined Jacket Toddler / 2. Levi’s Baby-Girls Infant Dianna Denim Jacket / 3. Hooded Rain Coat Raincoat Jacket / 4. PUMA Little Boys’ Polar Fleece Jacket Toddler / 5.  Osh Kosh Little Boys’ Solid Windbreaker


Finally, don’t forget your camera so that you can capture all of those fun family memories. While you may have your fancy iPhone or SLR, giving your little ones something of their own to point and shoot can allow you to see your trip from their eyes!

Tablet Family Packing List
1. Playskool Showcam 2-in-1 Digital Camera and Projector / 2. VTech Kidizoom Spin & Smile Camera / 3. LEGO 8MP Digital Camera / 4. Jazz JDC38W Waterproof 1.3MP Digital Flash Camera / 5. 5 in 1 Kids Digital Camera  

4 thoughts on “Family Travel Packing Guide

  1. I defer to your expertise in this area as I don’t have any kids, but I have to comment on the ipads issue you brought up. My sister has 2 little boys one is 6 one is 4. I’m increasingly concerned with their ipad use because they seem to zone in so much that the outside world doesn’t exist. Actually, that would be extremely useful for a car ride!

  2. I love your blog Katie, I follow you regularly on Instagram and read your blog regularly. You just nailed this article, every time I forget to take some minor thing like snacks or water and sometimes toy for my toddler. And if you forget any toy for your kid than it is worse condition ever, trust me!

  3. Very informative post you have here. I am marking things off my list right now as we pack for a trip to the east coast.

  4. Great tips. I appreciate it when you offer the ideas in a post like this. There are always plenty of options, but in small groups like this, it seems much easier to choose 🙂

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