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Family Vacations – An Essential Packing Guide

It is the time of year when your attention may be turning to summer vacations with the family. Wherever you are planning to go, one of the main obstacles you will have to overcome is the packing. If you are the one in charge of making sure your entire family has everything they need, this can pile the pressure on not forgetting anything. Your best way of doing this is writing out a checklist and ticking everything off once it has been packed. Here is a general guide of what you should put on this list.

Essential Documents

First of all, you want to make sure you don’t forget any of the essentials. You may want to get a folder where you can keep all your passports, tickets and boarding passes, insurance documents and anything else you can think of. You should also take some photocopies and keep them in different places in case the worst should happen, and you lose your originals. Or even better, email them to yourself so you can access them wherever you are.


In today’s highly technological world, you are likely to want to travel with a whole host of technology including cameras, smartphones, tablets, and laptops. Don’t forget to include the chargers for any devices you bring and also some plug adaptors if you are going somewhere that uses different sockets. Make sure there is plenty of memory on your camera, and you can also set up your phone to automatically upload the pictures to your cloud account. If you are taking long car journeys, making sure that you have enough entertainment such as TV shows, audiobooks and music can be a life-saver!


The type of clothing that you need to pack depends on where you will be going, but as it is a summer vacation, hopefully, it is somewhere warm. As well as all the regular clothing, you should also think about accessories such as hats and sunglasses. It is worth browsing online through collections like Il Gufo children’s clothing if you are looking to buy new items. Don’t forget warmer things as well in case the weather is not as kind to you as expected!

Medicine and Other Essentials

Try to think of any other essentials that you may need while you are away, but medicine comes near the top of the list. You should also consider packing a copy of your family’s prescriptions and a first aid kit. There is also a whole host of bathroom items that you may need including shampoo, washing items, diapers, towels toothbrushes and toothpaste amongst anything else you can think of.  


Even though a lot of entertainment that you need these days is stored on technology, there is also a host of other items that you could bring such as toys, board games, and playing cards. The last thing that you want when you go on vacation is not to have enough to do, especially if the weather isn’t kind to you!


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