Spring Break 101: What to Pack on a Family Vacation

Family vacations and road trips are a time-honored tradition in many families. If you’re heading out on a family spring break trip, below are a few essentials you shouldn’t forget to pack.

Suitcase Essentials

When you’re traveling with younger kids, it can be easier to pack all of the kids’ clothes together. Using packing cubes is a great way to separate out types of clothing. For example, one packing cube could be all the socks and undies, another could hold “other” items like extra jackets and swimming suits, and one could have all the pajamas. This can help keep your kids’ suitcase organized.

These are the must pack items to take to any destination while on your family spring break trip.

  • Sunblock
  • Extra blanket
  • Flashlight
  • Bug spray
  • Hand sanitizer – you’ll want to take this everywhere!
  • ESTEAM handheld steamer for all those wrinkly outfits

Road Trip Essentials

If you’re packing up the family minivan or SUV, you’ll want to keep these items close by to keep everyone entertained, full and clean!

  • Reusable Water Bottles and extra water
  • First Aid Kit
  • Plastic bags – great for trash or just in case tummy issues arise
  • Snacks
  • Entertainment – make sure you have offline content!
  • Iced coffee for mom and dad
  • Jump rope or ball – for exercise during pit stops
  • Car charger and cables for phones/tablets
  • Towels – perfect for soaking up spills or serving as a cushion for sleepy kids
  • Wet wipes – to wipe sticky hands and surfaces
  • Organizers – check out these useful stations

Flying Essentials

Flying with kids doesn’t have to be a major ordeal. These items can help keep your flight smooth even if you do hit some turbulence!

  • Snacks – including gum to help ears pop
  • Reusable Water Bottles – when empty, these are allowed through security
  • Entertainment – make sure you have offline content!
  • Pocket charger and cable for phones/tablets
  • Headphones
  • Stuffed animal and blanket

While you’re out having a blast on vacation, make sure you’re aware of what content you’re posting. You don’t want to alert too many people that you’ve left your home vacant for the week! If possible, have close family or friends check in on your house while you’re away.