Last Updated on November 12, 2022 by Corinne Schmitt
A vacation packing list is one item that can save you so much stress after you leave home. This free printable vacation packing list will help you get to where you are going with everything you need.
WHY DO I NEED A VACATION PACKING LIST?
I love to travel, but it definitely comes with it’s own set of stressors. When we vacation as a family there are a lot of things to remember.
Packing can become overwhelming especially for a longer trip. If you are packing for multiple people having a vacation packing list is essential.
A packing list helps me remember to take along items that I would normally forget to take. It is also a tool I can give each family member so they don’t forget anything!
WHAT IS ON A VACATION PACKING LIST?
This vacation packing list has a LOT of items on it. Chances are good that you won’t need everything on the list.
The list is covering all sorts of vacations and weather. Pick and choose which items you will need for your trip and just cross out the items you won’t need for the trip.
There are a few main categories on this vacation packing list. Clothing, toiletries, technology and then misc items are covered.
CLOTHING SECTION ON A VACATION PACKING LIST
It is pretty obvious that you need to pack clothing for a vacation. The problem I hear about frequently is that some important clothing items are generally left at home.
Some items that people often forget are belts, jackets and swimwear. These are things you may not use everyday and are easy to overlook.
It can be very hard to go buy what you need when you are out of town. If you are traveling out of the country it can be almost impossible to replace clothing easily.
Looking over the clothing section on this vacation packing list will help you cover all your clothing bases.
TOILETRIES SECTION ON A VACATION PACKING LIST
The easiest way for me to remember my toiletries is to pack everything I touch/use each morning. These are the easy items to remember.
It gets more difficult when I think about things I use occasionally, but may need while I am gone. If I take these items along it will save me from having to buy them when I am out of town.
Some of the things that I take on vacation that I don’t use daily are: sunscreen, insect repellent and a thermometer! I can’t even count the number of times a child has started to run a fever on a vacation and that thermometer sure did come in handy.
TECHNOLOGY SECTION ON A VACATION PACKING LIST
Technology is a big part of our lives now and is something to consider when packing for vacation. If you are going to go tech free for the week (and I highly encourage that!!) then you can just skip this section all together!
Most people will want to take at least their cell phone for emergencies. Leaving the power cord behind can be a big headache.
I like to have an eReader with me so I can get some extra reading in while we drive or fly to our destination. These seem to need recharging frequently and the charger is a must.
Extra camera batteries can really save the day too!
MISC SECTION ON A VACATION PACKING LIST
There are lot of “extras” that we may or may not need on a trip. I will admit I have over packed before.
Sometimes it really pays off and other times I feel like I wasted time and space. I have always wanted to be over prepared rather than under prepared.
You can peruse the misc section of this free printable vacation packing list and see what items you think your family will need.
Be sure you don’t forget the important items like ID, passport and MONEY! 🙂
DOWNLOAD A FREE PRINTABLE VACATION PACKING LIST
You can download and print off this handy tool to use before your next trip.
Just fill in the form below to get the Vacation Packing List.
Fill in the form above. After you submit the form, you’ll receive an email from “Wondermom Wannabe” with a direct link to the printable. If you do not see the email in your inbox within a few minutes, check your spam folder.
The most likely place will be in your computer’s Downloads folder. You can also select “Downloads” in your browser menu to see a list of your downloads, then simply select “Show in folder” below the file name to see where it is stored on your computer.
You’ll need a program that supports PDFS, like Adobe Acrobat (which is free). Open the program, click File > Print. Select your printer and set the number of copies you want to print. Double check your print preview, then click print.
If you need some other tips for vacations and travel check these out:
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- Family Camping Packing List
- How to Enjoy a Family Road Trip on a Budget
- International Travel Tips for Your First Visit to Europe
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