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How to pack for a family holiday – with checklist!

So you pack for a family holiday and take … everything! Are there three packs of swimming diapers? Did you get the anti-hum for babies? Where is the passport? Ah, you forgot to wash your child’s favorite T-shirt! Here is how to pack just what you need and make sure you don’t forget anything.

When the packing process starts, the house is often temporarily transformed into a walk-in closet, everything is laid out, stacked, packed and unpacked again. Clothes are ironed, flip-flops bought anew and a week’s provisions for eight hours of driving compiled.

Packing your bags for the summer holidays is brain teaser at the highest level and quite exhausting for one person alone. With children it becomes a challenge

Who goes on holiday with children, therefore, firstly needs an elephant memory. Second, a truck to carry everything.. And thirdly: good nerves. Or our refer to our practical packing list for the holidays! With the travel checklist to download and check off, you are guaranteed to have everything you need and can relax as you go on vacation.

Pack for a family holiday: the checklist

Important travel documents

  • Passport / ID
  • Driver’s license, vehicle documents
  • Cash / credit cards
  • insurance cards
  • vaccination cards
  • Travel documents (tickets, hotel, map)
  • emergency numbers

Do not forget!

  • Handbag / backpack / beach bag
  • Wallet / coin purse
  • mobile
  • Writing utensils and possibly address book
  • headphones
  • Photo equipment
  • abroad adapter
  • Batteries and Chargers

Travel pharmacy

  • disinfectant spray
  • Plaster / bandage
  • personal medication (with prescription)
  • Pain medication for adults
  • ointment
  • cough syrup
  • Nasal spray / drops / aspirator
  • bug spray
  • possibly ear plugs
  • Medicine against vomiting / fever

 Packing list baby

  • Bottle cleaner
  • Bottles (1 filled)
  • Special food (milk powder)
  • Nibbling stuff!
  • Thermos
  • Tupperware
  • Bib
  • Wet & Paper Handkerchiefs
  • diapers
  • Changing pad
  • Towel / Swaddle
  • possibly travel cot / sleeping bag
  • baby monitors
  • Cuddly toy (& replacement)
  • Sunscreen for the car
  • car seat
  • Baby carrier
  • high chair
  • Stroller / buggy
  • change of clothes

Toys & Entertainment


  • Playing cards and other games
  • iPad / tablet
  • E-readers / books / magazines
  • Toys (do not take too many)
  • Drawing supplies

swimwear


  • Swimwear / Swimsuit / Bathing
  • Beach towel / picnic blanket
  • Sunhat / cap
  • sunglasses
  • beach bag
  • UV Swimwear
  • Beach slippers
  • Swimming aids (wing, swimming ring)
  • Diving goggles / snorkel
  • Beach toy
  • Parasol

Clothes child


  • Light jacket
  • T-Shirts
  • Pants / leggings
  • Underpants & (anti-slip) socks
  • Pajama / Trainer suit
  • Shoes (solid & light)
  • Shorts
  • changes of garments
  • possibly rainwear
  • possibly sportswear

Wetpack for child

  • Child shower and shampoo
  • Body and face cream
  • Nappy rash cream
  • Sun cream for children
  • Children hairbrush
  • Toothbrush & -paste
  • cotton swab
  • Nail scissors & file, tweezers
  • Plastic bags for dirty laundry
  • Toilet paper (camping or excursion)
  • Single packs detergent

Clothes parents


  • Jacket pants (short & long)
  • Tops
  • Underwear & socks
  • Skirts / dresses
  • Pajama / Trainer suit
  • Shoes (solid & light)
  • Accessories (scarf, jewelery, belt)
  • possibly rainwear
  • possibly sportswear

Wet pack for parents

  • Showering & Shampoo
  • Body and face cream
  • Suncream 
  • Aprés Soleil
  • Toothbrush & -paste
  • Hair spray / hair gel
  • Hairbrush / comb
  • Hair Ties
  • Towels / washcloths
  • possibly glasses / contact lens accessories
  • Cosmetics (Makeup, Makeup Remover)
  • shaving
  • Deodorant / perfume
  • Tampons / panty liners

Author: Genevieve Dumas is a food, fashion and beauty stylist from New York, who has worked for a range of major magazines.

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