Vacation Packing Checklist for Children: From Babies to Teens

Pre-trip lists are especially helpful if you’re preparing for a family . We’ve got two basic packing lists—one for , the other for older kids—to get you started. Adjust as needed for length of trip, planned activities, and expected weather.

What is on your packing for kids? Add your must-haves in the comments below.

Little Ones

  • 2 outfits and pajamas per day
  • Outerwear, socks, undershirts
  • Swimsuit, swim diapers, diaper cover
  • Diapers, rash cream, changing pad
  • Baby wipes, baby powder
  • Toilet-seat adapter or potty seat
  • Car seat
  • Baby carrier
  • Collapsible stroller
  • Baby formula
  • Can opener, if needed
  • Bottles or holders, liners, nipples, rings, caps
  • Bottle brush
  • Breast pump
  • Baby cereal
  • Bibs
  • Terrycloth hand towels
  • Collapsible hook-on high chair
  • Blankets
  • Sleepwear
  • Pacifiers
  • Nightlight
  • Portable crib
  • Safety gizmos

Older Kids, Tweens, and Teens

  • 1 outfit per day
  • 2 extra tops
  • An extra pair of pants
  • 1 dress outfit
  • Sweatshirt, sweater
  • Windbreaker, outerwear
  • Shoes, extra laces
  • Socks, undies
  • 2 swimsuits, swim goggles
  • Snacks
  • Familiar foods
  • Drinks
  • Toys, books, games, iPod or MP3 player, DVDs and players
  • A tote for all the toys, books, games, iPod or MP3 players, DVDs and players

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