Kids have plenty of essentials and it can get overwhelming when packing for a trip, especially if you’re packing for more than 1 child. Basically, you’ll be preparing the same things whether your trip is a day or a week (you’ll just be adding more clothes and snacks).
Preparing your children’s things for a trip can be quite easy with just a little organization. Here are 4 effective tips for packing for an overnight trip with kids:
Make a list
To make things more organized and to make sure you don’t forget anything important, create a list of what needs to be packed beforehand. This is especially helpful if you’re packing for more than one child. Highlight the items that you need to get in the last minute (like a favorite toy, juice boxes in the fridge etc.). Cross off items as you pack them in the bag. It’s ideal to keep the list and bring it along in your trip so you have somewhere to refer to and make sure you didn’t leave anything.
Pack by outfit
This is a cool, neat trick that will make everything easier for an overnight trip (works even better for longer trips!). What you can do is to pack each outfit and place them in separate Ziploc bags. Each bag will contain an entire outfit (including underwear, socks and accessories). Label each bag (Day Outfit 1, Sleepwear etc.) so that it will be easier to pull out what you need from the bag.
Have each child have their own bag
Even if you’ve packed your kids’ things in a very organized way, 3 sets of hands trying to look for stuff in one bag can quickly turn to chaos. Give each child their own bag and remind them that they’re responsible for it. Doing so will also teach responsibility to kids.
Involve the kids in the process
One way to get the children excited for the trip is to involve them in the planning and packing process. Show them photos of your destination, tell them what activities are available then ask for their input (what activity they want to do first, what are they most excited about etc.) then ask them to help you pack their things! It can be as simple as choosing the pajamas or what 2 toys they want to bring. This also promotes responsibility in children.
Packing for children for an overnight trip can be fun and easy if you follow these helpful tips!