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Packing Checklist for Big Kids

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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