Packing for a family vacation might be a little stressful: It always seems like you can’t prepare for everything you might need. Use these suggestions for what to pack for every type of vacation, so you can be prepared while avoiding excessive overpacking.
Kids’ Packing List for a Beach Vacation
Before kids, all you really needed to hit the beach was a swimsuit. Now, going on a family beach vacation requires a little more planning. When it comes to a summer vacation packing list for the beach, of course you want to take essentials like bathing suits, hats, plenty of sunscreen, towels, and beach toys. Small beach tents or cabanas are also great for protecting little ones from the sun. Also don’t forget water shoes to protect little feet from sharp shells and rocks.
If you plan to spend the whole day at the beach, your kids’ packing list will need to include plenty of food and drinks for the day. Babies and young children are at higher risk for dehydration in hot weather, so bring primarily water to drink. Pack light, cool snacks like fruits and veggies in your cooler. For example, for a family vacation meal idea, pack some Hand Rolled Ham Pinwheels, served with fresh baby carrots and a Protein Popper. The kids can eat and be back to fun in the sun in no time.
Packing for an Off-Grid Family Vacation
If your family is camping or hiking on vacation, be prepared with a complete kids’ packing list. Have your child carry a small backpack with a few items to take some weight off of your shoulders. Items like sunscreen, bug spray, comfortable shoes and a first-aid kit are important to pack for safety if you plan to be outdoors and off the grid.
Packing with kids also means covering all potential outcomes for weather. Pack layers of clothing for cool mornings and warm days. Also remember sunglasses and a hat for sun protection.
Packing for a family vacation that’s likely to include lots of activities and outdoor time means keeping hydrated. Be sure to pack plenty of water bottles and thermoses and food to keep your kids hydrated and energized for active days. Hiking requires a lot of energy, which means your little ones will need plenty of protein. Our Protein Poppers are protein-packed and portable, which makes them a great addition to your summer vacation packing list.
What to Pack for Kids on a City Getaway
If your family plans to escape to the big city this summer, your kids’ packing list probably already includes comfy shoes and a stroller for walking and exploring the sights. Remember to consider your accommodations when packing for summer vacation in the city. Hotel rooms and rental apartments tend to be smaller, and may not provide essentials like a high chair or travel crib.
Eating in the city can also get expensive. Adding a few Yumble meals to your kids’ packing list, like our Multigrain Mac and Cheese and Chicken Nuggets so your kids have something healthy to snack on instead of spending unnecessary money on junk food.
Summer Vacation Packing List for Long Flights or Road Trips
The key to packing for a family vacation that entails long durations in the air or on the road is to bring items that keep the kids entertained. Tablets make traveling with kids easier, thanks to their ability to provide endless entertainment with e-books, games, movies and music. If you don’t love tablets or your kids are too young, pack a coloring or activity book and some crayons, a deck of cards or a “travel” board game like these.
Extra clothing is important when packing for kids, especially if they are younger. You never know when accidents may happen, and having an extra outfit on hand will make things much less stressful. A light blanket is also nice to add to the summer vacation packing list, in case the car or plane is chilly.
Don’t Forget the Vacation Foods!
Most parents know the secret to a successful long travel day with kids is snacks. Long flights or long periods in a car may disrupt your family’s normal meal schedule. Do your best to choose healthy snacks such as fruits, veggies, whole-wheat crackers and low-fat cheese when packing for summer vacation. Also consider packing a few items from the Yumble menu to serve as a larger snack or meal. For example, our Pizza Bagels are handheld and taste great hot or cold, making them great for travel.
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