Packing for a family holiday can be a minefield. As a single mum, it is my job to pack everything we need for our family holiday. However, now the boys are getting older I might let the boys be in charge of packing their own luggage. I have always found one person being in charge of packing works out better as you might think someone else has packed something when they haven’t.
How To Pack For A Family Holiday
Packing for a family holiday starts with deciding what to pack for your trip. Which can seem daunting especially if you are travelling with a baby too; for being so small they certainly need a lot of stuff!
Considerations Before Packing For Your Family Holiday
What you take to a holiday depends on your family’s size and also the following considerations:
- Where are you going?
- Is it a hot or cold climate?
- Duration of trip (Long trips, length of stay, duration of sports)
- Is it an activity holiday for example swimming?
- Will this be a short term holiday or one for a long period of time?
- What mode of transport are you planning on using?
If it is for a short trip or activity, less clothing would be required. A washing machine can be a great asset to a beach holiday as well
Once you have decided the above you can then grab your bags and set about packing. If you are still looking for ideas then check out my must-have essentials for babies and must-have essentials for toddlers. I always take a Trunki with toys and books for my boys no matter if we are flying or driving. Check out my post on 5 items to pack in your child’s hand luggage for must-haves to keep your kids entertained.
How Many Bags To Take?
I try to take 1 suitcase or 2 smaller sized suitcases with us. It really depends if I am travelling by myself with the boys or if I have an extra pair of hands. If we will be flying as a family then I try to do a test run a few days beforehand and weigh the bags. I can then repack or take out items that I don’t really need but would have been nice to have.
I now use packing cubes for family travel which makes things so much easier. Remember the more bags you have the more you have to carry with you. Which can be difficult with little ones running about or they are needing to be carried.
Taking a Buggy
Babies need their best friends with them at all times — buggy, stroller, or carrier. If your baby is used to travelling in a carrier or stroller, they’ll be less bothered by the challenges of air travel. Many airlines will let you bring your buggy on board free of charge. However, check with your airline beforehand.
A suggestion would be to buy a cheap buggy and save it just for your holidays. You can enjoy all the fun times without any worries about your pram getting damaged or stolen on the way to your destination. You can check out my article on whether or not you should take a pram with you for more information.
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Do you have any tips for packing for family travel? Let me know in the comments below!