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Vacation Packing Checklist for Children: From Babies to Teens

Family-car-travel-packing.jpgPre-trip packing lists are especially helpful if you’re preparing for a family vacation. We’ve got two basic packing lists—one for babies, 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 checklist 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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