The Essential Items Every Kid Needs to Pack for a Family Vacation
Whether heading to a far-flung destination, going on a road trip, or taking a short weekend getaway in your own state, packing the right pieces for your kid to wear can be a daunting task.
You want them to be comfortable, warm, and have the freedom to move easily, but also to look cute. To make this process a bit simpler, we've created nine categories of essentials to pack for your little one on your next family getaway.
From pajamas to footwear, read on to see our favorites.
One of the most important packing rules is to layer, layer, layer. From socks to leggings, base layers can be the perfect boost your kid needs to keep comfortable and happy when traveling.
Saint James T-shirt
To buy: saint-james.com, $52
Mini Boden leggings
To buy: bodenusa.com, $30
Goat Milk tank
To buy: goatmilknyc.com, $25
Ralph Lauren socks
To buy: bloomingdales.com, $12
Stella McCartney boxer brief set
To buy: neimanmarcus.com, $144
We all have our personal favorite travel pants, so make sure your kid is comfortable too by dressing them in a loose, lightweight, and cozy pant. These trousers are sure to keep them happy while in-transit and on the go.
To buy: zara.com, $23
To buy: caramel-shop.co.uk, $110
To buy: shoplazypants.com, $65
Nico Nico pants
To buy: niconicoclothing.com, $68
Love Shack Fancy harem pants
To buy: loveshackfancy.com, $125
Cardigans are a simple solution to fluctuation in temperature. Keep one in your kid's backpack all day and have them throw it on when the degrees drop in the evening, or have them wear it as an extra layering piece on an unexpectedly chilly day.
Andy & Evan cardigan
To buy: nordstrom.com, $46
To buy: bonpoint.com, $185
Cotton On cardigan
To buy: cottonon.com, $30
Oscar de la Renta cardigan
To buy: oscardelarenta.com, $165
When staying at a hotel or even an out-of-town family member's house, a comfy set of pajamas can go a long way. Bring along one of these pairs with cute patterns that your kid will love.
To buy: caramel-shop.co.uk, $80
Hanna Andersson long john pajamas
To buy: hannaandersson.com, $40
Roberta Roller Rabbit pajamas
To buy: robertarollerrabbit.com, $65
To buy: bonpoint.com, $235
Skylar Luna pajama set
To buy: skylarluna.com, $29
Whatever your kid’s taste, there is a cute swimsuit to match their fun style. If sun coverage is what you are concerned about, opt for a rash guard, which will protect a larger area of skin from harsh rays.
Dolce & Gabbana swimsuit
To buy: neimanmarcus.com, $215
Gap rash guard one-piece
J.Crew rash guard set
To buy: jcrew.com, $60
Cat & Jack short-sleeved rash guard
To buy: target.com, $13
Land’s End swim trunks
To buy: landsend.com, $29
Always a beach necessity, kids' cover-ups can give your kids a day of safe fun in the sun. Try a dual-purpose style made of terry cloth if you don’t want to pack a towel.
Busy Bees beach tunic
To buy: busybeeskids.com, $66