Packing for vacation

So as all of you should know by now, we leave Saturday night for my parent’s house. We’re scheduled to arrive about 4am. I’m going to post here a list of things that we need to bring. I know some of this stuff is obvious, but in the rush to finish packing, things inevitably get forgotten. This will serve two purposes:

  1. Next year I won’t have to compile a new list, just tweak it a little
  2. In 10 years when I’m complaining about packing for vacation with the children, I will remember how much worse it was when they were toddlers because half this stuff doesn’t need to be packed anymore.

This year’s list:

  • clothes
  • pajamas
  • swimsuits (which can’t be packed until the last minute because Beth has class swim Sat morning and Mama only has one swimsuit)
  • Bunny & Teddy
  • Beth’s teddy bear
  • Both kid’s blankets
  • neck pillows (for car trip)
  • forks for Beth
  • camera – with extra batteries
  • both laptops
  • iPods
  • iPod speaker
  • flash drive
  • bibs
  • diapers
  • underwear for Alex (hey, it’s the first year of not packing diapers for him, I almost forgot this one!)
  • swim diapers for Beth
  • sippy cups
  • pacifiers
  • baby monitor
  • medicine & other first-aid items
  • DVD player

Suggestions from Parenting Magazine (somewhat useful for visiting family, but probably more useful when truly vacationing):

  • Medications for preexisting conditions (such as an inhaler or EpiPen)
  • Fever reducer/pain reliever (acetaminophen or ibuprofen)
  • Antibacterial cream (such as Neosporin)
  • Bandages
  • Antihistamine (such as Benadryl for possible allergic reactions)
  • Thermometer
  • Pedialyte (get the powder form for easy packing)
  • Sunblock
  • 1% hydrocortisone cream (to reduce itching after insect bites or rashes)
  • Insect repellent
  • Tweezers (for tick or splinter removal)

6 thoughts on “Packing for vacation

  1. Don’t forget the kids. Once when we were going to Holiday Sandsfor the day. We packed the car with enough food and misc for a whole day. We were about to leave when we remembered Mike was still in his crib.

  2. Yeah, remembering the kids would probably help. Fortunately both of them will be underfoot and probably getting in the way, so it will be harder to forget them.

  3. We’re looking forward to your visit. I don’t remember packing for small children. I do remember making a list for each of you and saying go pack, then I only had to double check to make sure you kids didn’t miss anything.

  4. I miss the times of packing for my small children. Savor the moment as you get older as fast as they do. Give you mom and dad an extra hug from me if you will. Have a safe trip and enjoy your visit with your parents.

    Love, Aunt Lynn