Let’s get ready for spring break! Whether you’re taking a big family vacation, a road trip to the nearest city, or just sending the kids to Grandma’s house, it is time to get organized. Spring break is supposed to be fun and relaxing, so don’t stress out and leave the planning to me. I’ve got a week of spring break vacation tips and ideas to share here on One Mama’s Daily Drama. Today’s topic is packing and I’ve got a free printable vacation packing list for kids to share.
Suitcase must-have items
1. First aid kit
You can really never have too many first aid kits. It seems like no matter where we go, somebody is getting injured. Nothing too bad, but sometimes a paper cut is a near-death experience when you’re only seven. You only need a single-use amount of anything, so it is easy to fit a lot in a little case. Mine has bandages, wet wipes, sunscreen, Neosporin, gauze, tape, and Benadryl. I have one of these tiny cases – it measures about the size of a stack of index cards – in my car, at home, and in my suitcase when we travel.
My children are actually alligators. Okay, maybe that’s an exaggeration, but not by much. They always have dry skin and traveling makes it even worse. I have a homemade lotion recipe that I love. If you aren’t the DiY type, our favorite brand is Aveeno. I buy the Aveeno Baby Eczema Therapy Moisturizing Cream. It works really well, isn’t greasy, and is free from all the weird things my kids are allergic to.
If you’re headed to a warm, sunny beach, you might think a sweater is unnecessary, but hear me out. If it’s hot outside, chances are all of the restaurants and businesses have the air conditioner cranked up. Plus, even here in Texas where we have sunshine and 70-degree temperatures in March during the day, it easily drops 20 degrees when the sun goes down. Pack something light that won’t take up much space and also matches everything else you’re packing.
Vacation packing list for kids
I created this fun free printable vacation packing list to save my sanity. It seems like we are always forgetting something, so making a list is a must.
Tip: I like to print off the list twice, on the front and back of a page. When the kids are packing to go, have them check off one side and leave the list in the suitcase. As they pack everything up to come home, check off the other side. We have had more than one “favorite toy” mailed back from grandparents after a visit.
Click HERE to download the checklist.
It has space at the top for your child’s name, plus room to add anything else you might need on the list.