5 Best Family Packing Hacks And Tips

by Valerie, Mom Knows It All

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These 5 Best Family Packing Hacks And Tips will make packing for your next family vacation with family a breeze, leaving you excited instead of frazzled.

5 Best Family Packing Hacks And Tips

Putting kids on pajamas during bedtimes is hard enough let alone planning a whole vacation. Packing for family travel usually involves a lot of time, energy and gear and it’s common to feel frazzled, exhausted and frustrated. Here are 5 packing hacks and tips that will make packing for your next family vacation with family a breeze.

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  1. Start with a packing list

Work from a list, double checking what you’ve packed and what you haven’t is a great way to keep your mind relaxed and free to think of other important things. The thought of planning and packing can be pretty overwhelming but when you have a simple list all you’ll need to do is cross-off whatever is ready in the suitcase and put a star on the things that will need to be packed later.

It helps to have a separate list for everyone in the family so that you can cross-off items packed for each person without confusion. You may want to bring a duplicate of the list just to make sure you’ve packed everything on your trip back home.

You can make your own list if you like. Alternatively, you can buy premade lists and just start checking! Some packing lists come on tear off sheets on pads (like this and this) while other packing lists (like this and this) are in books that can be used to help you plan your whole trip.

  1. Consider roll vs fold

Most people probably prefer to use one over the other both have benefits. The best way to pack your crease-prone cloths like blouses and light summer dresses is using the roll method.  However, bulkier items such as jeans and sweaters are better off folded and packed at the very bottom of the suitcase.

  1. Make use of packing cubes (zip-lock bags)

Travel organizers such as packing cubes (like this, this, this and this) are your best friend if you want to stay organized – they make packing so much easier! One cube can be used to hold items for one person, one day or just one type of clothes.

For small children you can use extra large ziploc bags if you prefer. Put each outfit and everything that goes with it into a ziploc bag. You can pack a few garments and zip the bags up which makes them extremely compact.  For instance, if you are packing for the kids, make sure for each day you have a ziploc bag with shorts, top, socks and underwear all rolled and zipped. That means for each day, the kids will grab a single bag and they have everything set in one pack. This will save you lots of time since you won’t have to match up clothes every day.

  1. Utilize hidden spaces

When you are a parent, creativity comes naturally. Get creative when it comes to fitting in as much as you possibly can. Capitalize on otherwise unused space like storing smaller items like socks inside your shoes or other breakable things like perfumes.

  1. Buy what you need then buy the rest when you get there

Lastly, yet importantly, it’s common for parents traveling with family to over pack stuff that can otherwise be bought in the destination they’re headed to. I understand, you might feel like a few diapers or snacks aren’t enough but you can always buy the rest of everything when you get there.

Tip: Don’t do everything alone, your kids will enjoy being involved. Let the kids help in planning and packing. This will not only make them excited for the upcoming trip but it’ll also teach them some responsibility.

Finally, coming home to a messy and untidy home isn’t the best way to end a vacation. After all is packed and ready, take some time to put clothes back in the closet and put everything back to where it should be.


Rebecca Smith July 23, 2019 - 11:34 am

I’m already dreading packing for my summer holiday so this is very helpful, thank you!

Jess Howliston July 23, 2019 - 4:45 pm

Great tips, I always create a list and tick things off as I pack them so I don’t forget anything! I have also started using vacuum bags when packing for things like duvets/pillows and even clothes if we are going away for a longer time. It saves so much space in the suitcase and car!

Treasure Every Moment July 24, 2019 - 4:20 am

The roll vs. fold is such a life changing one! My husband now rolls everything and it means we can see everything in the suitcase and fit more in too 🙂

Rhian Westbury July 24, 2019 - 8:08 am

I could not go away without a list, as I know I’d forget something otherwise. I use a lot of packing cubes as I find them so happy to keep things together x

Nayna Kanabar July 24, 2019 - 3:29 pm

This is a very useful post and handy too . I too swear by lists and packing cubes . They are a life saver .

Sarah | Boo Roo and Tigger Too July 26, 2019 - 9:21 am

I’ve just bought some packing cubes to use on our next trip. I’m interested to see whether they will make packing easier.

emma July 26, 2019 - 3:50 pm

Great tips! I’m avoiding the buy when you get there this year though as I think things could be quite expensive.

Claire Roach July 27, 2019 - 4:30 pm

I’m off in September for my first hand luggage only holiday – I am in need of help haha

Jennifer July 27, 2019 - 5:54 pm

Great tips! I can never seem to master the roll technique. Everything still manages to get creased!


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