I received complimentary products from Kohl’s in exchange for this article. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
Summer is just around the corner. That means it’s time to take a well deserved break from the ordinary and head out on a family vacation. Whether you are going on a weekend getaway, heading to the beach, or visiting a theme park, packing your bags with family vacation essentials should be easy and stress free. I have a few packing tips for you that you’re going to love and a free printable. The Family Vacation Packing List will help you get organized and ensure that you have everything you need for your upcoming vacation.
Before any big family vacation, I like to head out and buy a few new outfits and items for the trip. Kohl’s is my favorite place to go shopping for the family. They have the clothes, accessories, shoes, toys, and home items I need every day. Between the selection, sales, and bonus offers, it’s also great place to buy the items I need and save money.
Packing Tips for a Family Vacation
1. Pack bright colored clothes for the kids.
In crowded areas like theme parks, dressing the kids in bright colors, like orange and red, makes it easier to find them is they wander off or get separated from you.
2. Pack your carry-on smartly
If you are flying, your carry-on should include an extra change of clothes, a swim suit, entertainment items, and snacks. If your checked luggage gets delayed, you will have extra clothes. When you finally get to your destination and it has a pool, it’s often nice to relax after a day of traveling.
3. Bring more than 1 pair of shoes per person.
Sandals and flip flops are perfect for the beach or pool side. I picked up these versatile sandals at Kohl’s. They can get wet, provide foot protection on hikes, and are really comfortable. Bring athletic shoes if you will be doing a lot of walking, doing sports, or active activities. Always bring shoes that have been broken it. New shoes = OUCH! If you are planning any nights out, bring something a little dressier.
4. Bring a pair of jeans, regardless of the weather.
Dress them up with a dressy sandal or heels or keep them casual with a T-shirt and sandals.
5. Bring a big bag to keep everything organized.
A big bag is perfect for beach trips, the pool, or shopping around town. It keeps everything in one place and prevents you from feeling like a pack mule. I got this fabulous bag on sale at Kohl’s. so it’s makes me really happy!
6. Pack healthy snacks.
Pack an assortment of healthy snacks for your trip. You can purchase these or made them yourself ahead of time. This will help you save money and avoid unhealthy fast food. These are a few of the healthy snacks my family likes to travel with.
7. Pack light to save on space and excess baggage fees.
Make the clothes you pack do double duty. A dress or long skirt can be worn to the beach or out to dinner. A pair of shorts with a t-shirt is casual, but can be dressed up with a collared shirt or blouse. See the tip on jeans above for the same idea. If the piece of clothing can’t be worn at least 2 ways, don’t bring it.
8. Bring warm clothes, even in summer.
Bring a long sleeve shirt, hoodie, sweater, or light jacket for everyone in the family. These can save you when a cool front or afternoon shower comes through unexpectedly. Plus in many locations, evenings are always a bit cooler than the daytime.
9. Bring activities for the trip.
Electronics are nice to have while traveling. Be sure to bring batteries and charging cords with you. Also bring other non-electronic items for entertainment. I like to bring coloring pages and games for the kids. They can play together and keep themselves entertaining in the car, in the airport, or in the hotel. Kohl’s has a great selection of toys and games that are perfect for trips.
10. Protect yourself and your family.
Always pack a first aid kit and sun protection. A first aid kit is a must with kids. Pack it with the basics; band aids, antibiotic cream, pain relievers, etc. Sample sizes are great for this. For skin protection pack sunscreen, sunglasses, and some type of hat. Sunglasses and a hat will help shield your eyes and face from the sun. A good sunscreen will protect your whole body from the effects of the sun.
Free Packing Printable
Raise your hand is you are in charge of all the packing for road trips, weekend getaways, and family vacations. If you are like me, you are in charge of getting everyone’s stuff (clothes, snacks, toys, essentials) organized and packed. With three kids, it can get a little crazy in my house. What about you?
Well, I’ve put together a packing list that saves my sanity on every trip. It included a checklist so I can check items off my list and ensure that I haven’t forgotten anything. Since I’ve been using this list, I’m happy to say that my family has arrived at every destination with everything they need.
Click here for the full Family Vacation Essentials Packing List printable to help you pack for your next family vacation.
Before your next trip, be sure to shop at Kohl’s, where you can expect great things. There you’ll find great deals of clothes, accessories, and more. I want to thank Kohl’s for providing me was a gift certificate to shop for items I needed for an upcoming trip. This year, we;ll have everything we need for a great trip. With this printable packing list, I’ll be sure to remember everyone’s shoes and underwear (unlike last year).