How To Pack For A Family Holiday Abroad

How To Pack For A Family Holiday Abroad

I don’t know about you but when it comes to sorting out a family holiday, I’m the one that does most things. This is a bit of me being a bit of a control freak and a bit of fear of us forgetting something important. On our last holiday to Center Parcs, I managed to forget clothes for myself because I was so stressed. The clothes I forgot to take were sat in a pile upstairs in our bedroom, ticked off the list but not in the case. I had to squeeze into a couple of my sister’s jumpers all week and that was not fun! We’re currently away on our holiday in Majorca so I thought I’d put together a post all about how to pack for a family holiday abroad.

Clothes

Now, I’m starting with this one because of the obvious mistake I made last time around. The first thing to do is to check the weather forecast but not too early. The weather is always changing so checking a few days before you leave is the best idea.

If, like us, you’re travelling with a toddler then it’s best not to over pack. It’s all well and good to have lots of options but there is so much else you need to take with you there’s no point in adding extra weight where it’s not necessary. I remember going to Orlando in 2013 and I barely wore any of the clothes I took.

Children’s clothes are slightly different. Unless you are going somewhere with laundry facilities then it is a good idea to take a few extras. If your children are anything like Erin then they will get as dirty, or as wet as possible on every chance they get.

Pack for your location and the activities you know you’re going to do. We’re staying at an all inclusive resort with a beach only a short walk away so I imagine we’ll be spending most of our time in swimwear. We do all have 2 lots of swimwear each so this way we can leave some to dry out in the sun while we’re wearing the other.

Be sure to remember the following:

Hats

Sunglasses

Sandals

Covered shoes

Light jacket

Cardigans

Pajamas

Extra underwear

Flying outfit

Erin's Holiday Wardrobe

Toiletries

Although you get some toiletries in most hotel rooms I am quite particular about some I use, shampoo and conditioner especially. I like to pack full size items when we’re going away for a week or more even though they are quite heavy. I know everywhere has supermarkets or shops to buy these things but I don’t like to add to what I need to spend while I’m away if I can help it. It’s really easy to buy one thing a week or month on the run up to your holiday too so you can spread any extra costs. Here’s what we’ll be taking away with us:

Shampoo & Conditioner

Shower Gel

Children’s toiletries

Razors

Deodorant

Toothbrushes & toothpaste

Hairbrushes & bobbles

Nail clippers

Moisturiser

Make-up

Travel Essentials For The Whole Family

First Aid

When travelling alone, or with John, I actually don’t tend to take much away with me in terms of first aid or medication. Normally I could do with some plasters and pain killers and that’s about it. However, travelling with Erin is a whole different thing and we need to take quite a bit away. I want to be as prepared as possible just in case anything does happen. Toddlers, especially Erin, are like tornadoes and you can never tell how they might hurt themselves!

Plasters

Painkillers for both us and Erin

Nappy cream

Antiseptic cream and wipes

Stomach medication

Insect/ mosquito repellent & bite remedy

Thermometer

How To Pack For A Family Holiday Abroad

Child Specific Items

There are some things that sort of don’t fit into a category other than ‘children’s items’. Toddlers come with a really big list of things to pack but here are some thing we can’t do without:

Nappies (and lots of them)

Wipes

Nappy bags

Swimming nappies

Favourite cup/ beaker

Swimming aids

Sun hat

Favourite toy or soft toy (it it’s small)

Snacks – even if you’re all inclusive it’s worth taking snacks that your child likes and is familiar with

How To Pack For A Family Holiday Abroad

Entertainment

Travelling anywhere with children means taking some kind of entertainment with you. Even before we arrived on holiday we had a train, 2 days in London and a flight to get through and this meant Erin needed things to do. Here are some ideas for young children:

Colouring books

Crayons

Drawing book

Books

Small puzzles

Bucket and spade

Preparing A Toddler For Their First Flight

Tech

I can’t go anywhere without quite a list of techy items. We now live in a time where we can’t go anywhere without our phones, tablets or camera. Some people will obviously have more than others, especially if more children are involved or there is more expensive items to take with you:

Mobile phones

Tablet

Chargers

Powerbank

Camera

Spare batteries

Small tripod

Plug adapters

How To Pack For A Family Holiday Abroad

Essentials

Most of the other items are replaceable or they can be purchased at the airport or your destination. However, there are certain things you cannot go without:

Passports

Train tickets

Boarding passes

Travel itinerary

Booking confirmations

Insurance details

Guide book

Cash

Foreign currency and/ or travel money card

Emergency phone numbers

Visas if required

How To Pack For A Family Holiday Abroad

Hand Luggage

Of course, what you put in your hand luggage is just as important as your checked luggage. Erin has her very own Trunki which will have a couple of changes of clothes for her, a mini stockpile of nappies and wipes just in case of delays, snacks and plenty of entertainment. John and I have one hand luggage between us to cut down on the amount of luggage we had to take with us. However, we take spare clothes for us both as well as the expensive items like camera, tablets etc. I never trust anything like this to be in checked luggage in case they go missing or get broken.

How To Pack For A Family Holiday Abroad

Packing for a family holiday abroad is a really mammoth task. I can only imagine how long it takes if you have more than one child like we do! If there’s something you always take away with you, let me know in the comments! 

How To Pack For A Family Holiday Abroad

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