How to pack when going on holiday with kids

It’s no secret that holidays with kids can be challenging. Between getting them into a new routine and handling the stress of travel, there is barely anytime for your holiday. Don’t underestimate the power of packing and just how much it can help you.

Know your baggage limits

Before you even start packing, look up your baggage limit. No one wants to be the person unpacking their entire suitcase in the airport.

If you are travelling with a new-born, it can be terrifying to leave anything at home. What if they start crying and you don’t have the one stuffed animal they want?

Well, if you can afford to spend a little more, try out first class train travel with the Gatwick Express. This way you can enjoy more space, food and a relaxing atmosphere on the way to the airport.

Use packing cubes

Organisation always results in a better holiday. Use packing cubes to separate your clothes into outfits, underwear, bathing suits and miscellaneous items. You can do this for each person in your family so that you know where everything is at all times.

Bring a toiletries bag for the whole family, as you are likely to share everything anyways. But make sure to separate your expensive skincare!

Always pack an extra bathing suit for each child as they are likely to spend all their time in the pool!

Teach your kids to pack

Get your kids involved in the packing process so that they can do it themselves soon enough. Ask them to think of what they need for the carry on luggage. This is likely to include all of their toys and snacks. Then explain what they actually need.

This way you can pack and teach your kids at the same time – genius!

Make a list for everyone

When it comes to family packing you will have hundreds of lists floating around. Write a list of absolutely everything, and I mean everything, that you need. Check it off as you pack to make sure you have all the essentials

Pack an essentials bag

For your carry on, make an essentials bag. This includes a spare pair of underwear, bathing suit, medication, sunglasses and toiletries for everyone.

If your luggage goes missing – at least you have the essentials covered.

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