Traveling With Young Children {Packing List}

I use to be one of those people who would carelessly pack the night before a trip. I would visually pack a few days before and then just throw it all in a bag. Well, boy have times changed. Now I pack for at least 3 of us and there is an entire process behind it, which starts with a list and at least 4 days prior to leaving. It seems as if I pack half my house in order to entertain the boys or be prepared for "what if" scenarios.

For Memorial Day weekend, the 4 of us headed to St. Augustine with a few other families. We had a great time despite P running a low grade fever for 2 of the 4 days we were there. We stayed at the Summer House, a great place for families. The unit we stayed in was a 2 bedroom 2 1/2 bath townhouse with a full kitchen and even a small washer and dryer (yes, I did laundry while on vacation). It was perfect for us, especially having a young one. It's nice to have a fridge for milk and other snacks on hand. The families we were traveling with are professionals and have been doing this trip for a couple of years now. They have it down to a science.  Food shopping is done upon arrival and meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner) are prepared for and ate as a group at one of the units. It was awesome! As a family we paid $70 for breakfast, lunch and dinner, for 3 days! Of course, we loaded our fridge with snacks, drinks and adult beverages as well.

Summer House- Here are a few pictures from our unit. Each unit is uniquely decorated by the owner. From our balcony you could see the pool and the beach!

Because we were driving and staying in what was basically a full functioning house, we had the luxury to plan and pack thoroughly. I didn't want to have to go out and buy stuff we had on hand at home, like a dish sponge. We've made 3 "beach" trips like this in the last 3 years and have gotten pretty good at packing for it. Below is our packing list, which obviously is custom to our family. It should at least provide a good starting point for you. It does not include clothing articles, that's a whole different ball game.



Happy packing & safe summer travels,


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