Packing Checklist for Big Kids

Big boys and girls grow up fast, but they still need help packing their stuff. Here's everything you need to get them prepared for your next trip.

Child's Carry-on Bag/Tote

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wallet/souvenir money

MP3 player + charger

deck of cards

homework/textbooks

journal/notebook and pen

washable markers

activity books

children's book

Gameboy or another handheld game

    Your Carry-on/Tote

    child's sweatshirt/hoodie/sweater

    child's passport if traveling internationally

    kid-friendly snacks (crackers, freeze-dried fruit, nuts, string cheese, etc.)

    lollipops for takeoff and landing to relieve ear pressure if you're flying (or get a favorite drink once through security or from a flight attendant before takeoff)

    a couple of small favorite toys and a couple of new toys

    extra shirt for child

    extra shirt for you

    laptop or tablet computer or portable DVD player with favorite DVD

      To have handy in case you arrive late or your luggage is lost:

      plastic bags (for storing clothes that get dirty, motion sickness emergencies, etc.)

      favorite blanket

      stuffed animal/doll

      pajamas

      tissues

      sunscreen

      digital thermometer

      children's nasal saline drops

      children's acetaminophen

      prescription medications

      antibiotic ointment

      bandages

        Gear

        Booster seat

          Suitcase

            Clothes

            outfits (1 per day + 1 extra)

            dressy outfit

            socks (1 per day + 1 extra)

            underwear (1 per day + 1 extra)

            pajamas (2-3 pairs per week)

            shoes/sandals

            barrettes/ponytail holders

            waterproof jacket with hood

            hat

              Bath

              shampoo/conditioner

              soap

              toothbrush

              toothpaste

              comb/hairbrush

                Sun/Pool/Beach

                two swimsuits

                life vest

                earplugs

                beach towel

                bug spray

                  Cold Weather/Snow

                  gloves/mittens

                  parka

                  snow boots

                  snow pants

                  warm hat

                    Health and Safety

                    children's aspirin/pain reliever

                    basic first aid kit

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