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Packing tips for traveling with kids

Team AckoApr 25, 2023

Traveling with kids can be one of life’s greatest joys, but if you don’t plan ahead, it can quickly turn into a disaster. There are so many things to consider when packing for a family trip, and it can feel overwhelming to figure out what to bring. Fortunately, with a little bit of planning and preparation, you can ensure you have everything you need without packing too much. Here are some tips to help get you started.




1. Create a Packing List

Creating a packing list ahead of time is one of the best ways to make sure you bring everything you need. Begin by consolidating a list of all the items each person needs and cross-reference it with a checklist of items to bring for each age group. This will help keep track of items like diaper bags, kid-friendly snacks, entertainment items, and clothing for each person – all the important things you won’t want to forget.

2. Dress in Layers

Kids are generally easier to dress if they’re ready to get dressed quickly and comfortably. To avoid overpacking, select a few key clothing items that can be mixed and matched to create multiple looks. Keep the climate in mind, and dress your kids in layers. Outfits with multiple layers can be easily exchanged if needed, so you don’t have to bring the entire closet with you.

3. Bring Comfort Items

Bringing along items that will help keep your kids comfortable both during the trip and while away from home will help ease travel stress. Whether it’s a favorite toy, blanket, or stuffed animal, having something from home can make a big difference in how your kids adjust to being away from familiar surroundings.

4. Pack a Separate Bag

Pack a kid-friendly bag with snacks, drinks, and entertainment items for the plane or car ride. Make sure to include wipes, tissues, empty plastic bags, extra clothes, and diapers (for infants). If your kids will be flying, bring a few easy-to-swallow snacks that don’t take up too much space or won’t be too messy.

5. Have a Plan for Beach Days

If you’re traveling somewhere with a beach, it’s important to plan ahead so you can have an enjoyable day. Bring towels, hats, sunscreen, and a comfortable blanket or beach umbrella. Don’t forget to pack wet bags and ziplock bags to store items like wet clothing or dirty beach toys.

6. Consider Your Methods of Transportation

Different modes of transportation require different kinds of items. If you’re taking a plane, bring car seat, stroller, and collapsible stroller for the airport. If you’re taking a road trip, make sure you’re aware of the weight limit of your car and only bring the items you’ll actually use.

7. Pack Extra Carefully

When packing, it’s always a good idea to bring extra of just about everything- snacks, diapers, wipes, clothes, etc. Pack your items carefully and keep in mind that you might have to grab items quickly if needed. Pack items in zippered pouches and keep them organized with labeled containers or bags.


Traveling with kids doesn’t have to be stressful. With a little bit of planning, you can make sure you have everything you need without packing too much. Consider the climate, transportation methods, and any other special items you’ll need, and create a detailed packing list to ensure you don’t forget anything. With a few simple tips, your trip with the kids will be far less daunting.

Frequently Asked Questions

We've provided the answers to your questions about packing tips for traveling with kids.


What should I include in a travel bag for kids?

Include items like snacks, drinks, wipes, tissues, extra clothes and diapers, wet bags, ziplock bags, and entertainment items. Depending on the climate, also include items like hats, towels, sunscreen, and blankets.

What should I pack for a beach day with kids?

Bring items like towels, hats, sunscreen, wet bags, and ziplock bags. If you’re planning to stay for a while, also consider bringing an umbrella or beach tent for shade.

What should I consider when packing for a family trip?

Consider the climate, different modes of transportation, and special items for each age group. Create a detailed packing list so you don’t forget anything, and bring extra for any unforeseen needs.


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