Depending on your destination and the length of your stay, you should plan to pack clothes that are appropriate for the weather and activities planned. Consider packing a mix of shorts/t-shirts for hot days, long-sleeved shirts and pants for cooler days, layers in case the weather changes quickly, or rain gear if you might need it.
2. Toiletries kit:
Pack a toiletry bag with essential items such as toothbrush, toothpaste, shampoo, soap, razor, etc., to ensure you have all the basic items necessary for personal hygiene during your trip.
3. Sunscreen and hats:
Sun safety is key when traveling and protecting yourself from sunburns and the damaging effects of UVA/UVB rays is important when spending time outdoors. Make sure to bring a good quality sunscreen and wide-brimmed hats for extra protection.
4. Beach Towel / Pool Towel:
If your vacation includes beach or pool time then make sure to pack a towel or two so you and your family can dry off.
5. Bug spray:
If you’re traveling to a destination with lots of bugs, then it’s important to pack bug spray or other repellents in order to avoid pesky bites and stings.
6. Sunglasses and sunhat / baseball cap:
Protect your eyes from the sun’s rays by packing sunglasses that provide adequate UV protection as well as a hat or cap with a brim for extra coverage.
7. Umbrella or raincoat if needed:
Pack an umbrella or raincoat just in case there is inclement weather while on vacation so you can still enjoy your time outdoors without getting drenched!
8. Camera to capture memories:
No vacation would be complete without some photos! Make sure to pack a camera or phone with a good camera so you can capture all the fun moments from your trip.
9. Reusable water bottles:
Stay hydrated on your vacation by packing reusable water bottles for each member of your family. This will not only save money but also help reduce plastic waste.
10. Electronics including cell phone and charger, laptop or tablet for entertainment, portable speakers, etc.:
Don’t forget to bring any necessary electronics that you might need during your vacation such as cell phones and chargers, laptops or tablets for entertainment, and portable speakers if you plan on listening to music while away.
11. First aid kit:
Accidents and injuries can happen no matter how careful you are, so make sure to pack a first-aid kit with basic supplies just in case. Bandages, antibiotic ointment, antiseptic wipes, pain relievers and any other medications you might need should all be included.
12. Snacks and drinks for the journey:
When traveling long distances it is always helpful to have snacks and drinks on hand to avoid having to buy expensive food at gas stations or rest stops along the way. Pack a cooler of drinks and healthy snacks such as granola bars and trail mix that everyone can munch on in between meals.
13. Entertainment such as books, books on CD/tape, cards, board games, etc.:
When traveling with children it is important to pack entertainment such as books, audiobooks or CDs/tapes, cards and board games to keep them occupied during the journey.
14. Portable chairs or blankets for outdoor activities:
Bring along some lightweight folding chairs or a blanket for relaxing in the outdoors when visiting scenic spots. This will also be great for picnics or watching sunsets.
15. Any necessary medications:
If anyone in your family takes prescription medication make sure to bring an ample supply for the duration of your trip to ensure that you have all the care needed while away from home. Don't forget any over-the-counter medications either such as pain relievers and antacids.