lil'bee

Tips for packing for children

Home & Family   |   Age: 2 years 9 months



Tips for packing for children

When it comes to traveling with children, adequate preparation is an investment in a smooth experience. Packing is one of these preparations, and how you do it affects every one of your travel days. Here are some packing tips that will help keep your children’s items organized so that you can spend less time sorting through things and more time enjoying your trip.  

Use packing cubes to keep clothes in order

Packing cubes are one of the best ways to keep your child’s clothes contained, together, and separate from your clothing, if you’re sharing a suitcase. Giving each family member a set of cubes in their own color takes the organization a step further. Using packing cubes is like having a portable chest of drawers in your suitcase. 

Bring a dedicated laundry bag

Even with packing cubes, you’ll end up with a tangled mess of dirty clothes in your suitcase if you don’t have a designated place to stash clothes that can’t be worn again. Bring a mesh drawstring laundry bag, or a travel space bag that you can roll thin in order to save space.  

Try the outfit-per-bag method

Another favorite way to pack children’s clothes is by outfit. Get a Ziploc bag per day, label it, and then put a day’s worth of clothes all together in that bag: underwear, socks, shirt, pants or skirt, accessories, everything. That way, you or your child (depending on age) can grab a single bag and have everything they need to get dressed.  

Re-use your packing lists

Don’t reinvent the wheel each time you pack. If you’re a list-maker, keep the packing list you made for your child on your last trip. I like to keep it digital, and when there’s something I realized I forgot while I’m on my trip, I add it to my list. Next trip, it’s just a matter of pulling up my list and adjusting for the weather and the number of days we’ll be gone.

Decide what special gear you’ll need to bring

Packing for kids is often a balancing act between bringing all the stuff you actually need to make the trip run smoothly and not bringing so much that lugging it everywhere is a nightmare. Car seats, of course, are necessary, but if you’re flying and renting a car, renting car seats at your destination is an option. Cribs are another necessity when traveling with young children, but if you’re staying with friends or family, they may have a crib or travel bed you can use, or they may be able to find a loaner. However, if your child is used to her own travel crib, sleeping in it will probably make for easier naps and bedtimes, which is worth the hassle of carting your own.  

No matter how much you plan ahead and how organized you are, something will get forgotten and not everything will go according to plan, but some flexibility and a good attitude can go a long way in making the unexpected manageable. Just remember that it’s all part of the adventure of traveling with kids.


About the author:

Shifrah lives in Tallahasse, FL with her husband, four children, two cats, and dog. In the midst of mothering and writing, she enjoys reading, lifestyle photography, sewing, going to the beach, and documenting it all in pocket scrapbooks. She drinks her coffee black.

More articles at this age

Hair washing battles and your toddler


One reasons fears can stick around longer than they might otherwise is because parents feel that ignoring or downplaying the problem will make it go away.

Toddlers and strange fascinations


Sometimes a toddler's obsession is an interest that's the intense, toddler version of a hobby (like running out to see the garbage truck pick up the trash every week), while in other cases, it might be something less comprehensible to adults (like wanting to wear shoes everywhere - including to bed or in the bath).

Daycare vs. preschool vs. pre-K


When your baby's fifth birthday rolls around, it becomes pretty clear where she's supposed to be in school, but until then, it can be a little murkier.

2 years 9 months


Remember when dinnertime was easy? Whether you're thinking back to before your baby came along, or just to a few short months ago when she wasn't so suspicious of any food that wasn't beige, you'll make it back to that happy place again someday! In the meantime, there are a few tricks that can help you have more harmonious meals with your kiddo.

The evolution of a toddler's pencil grip


She's still a few years away from her first epic poem, but the ingredients that are going to form your baby's literacy are already coming together, from her ABCs to her understanding of how books work to... her handwriting?

Is my almost-three-year-old ready to stop napping?


There are a lot of things toddlers your baby's age aren't doing anymore - waking up every three hours to be fed (usually), trying to fit her entire foot in her mouth (probably), and crawling (unless it's really REALLY fun) - but should napping be one of those things?

Welcome to lil'bee!

It looks like you're using an ad blocker. That's okay. Who doesn't? But without advertising-income, we can't keep making this site awesome. Please disable your ad blocker and refresh this page.

Thanks for understanding 🙏