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Summer Holiday Packing Checklist

It’s the end of the year and you deserve a break. We can make that a little easier for you by taking care of the packing for you … sort of. Well, we can tell you what to pack, we can’t promise your kids won’t go in an unpack it all behind you!

Summer holiday packing checklist

A summer getaway is fun for everyone, but making sure you have everything you need without packing the entire house can be a challenge.

Your holiday might involve the beach, picnics, dressing up, dressing down, chilly evenings, day trips, night trips … so what do you really need to take with you for the kids?

Families Magazine summer packing guide

The sensible stuff

  • Insect repellent and sunblock – stock up when it’s cheap and don’t pay ‘holiday’ prices
  • Sunglasses and hats for the whole family.
  • Refillable water bottles to save you $$$
  • Essential medications and a fully stocked First Aid Kit including pain relief for the kids
  • Wet wipes. Lots of wet wipes
  • Healthy snack options to save you spending money on junk on the road
  • Your chargers. All of the chargers! Don’t forget to bring them home though

 The fun stuff

  • Board games – we mentioned a couple of good board games here
  • Beach shade – umbrella or gazebo
  • Colouring and activity books with pencils or crayons. Forget textas, you don’t need to be cleaning hotel walls and furnishings.
  • Inflatables for creek floating
  • Books or a loaded kindle
  • A tablet – while you might want to disconnect on holidays, having Netflix on hand is super useful if the rain sets in

The essential stuff

  • Tickets for travel and experiences – you can save by booking some things ahead
  • Accommodation confirmation
  • Vaild Passports and visas if heading overseas
  • Travel insurance details

The wearable stuff

  • Travelling clothes, think loose and comfortable for on the road or in the air
  • Underwear and socks – this is easily washable in sinks, so don’t panic about how much
  • Thongs or sandals PLUS more durable closed in shoes in case you go exploring PLUS shoes that are appropriate if you head out to dinner or an event
  • Beach wear: swimwear and beach cover ups
  • Going out clothes, depending on what you have planned you might need to dress up at least once
  • At least one jumper/cardigan in case summer forgets what season it is
  • Light long pants and sleeves as protection against mosquitos
  • Please don’t forget the Babiators. Eye health even for kids, is uber-important, particularly in summer

However you’re spending this summer, we wish you health, happiness and tonnes of family fun!

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Janine Mergler

Janine Mergler is a veteran Queensland teacher, graduating from QUT with a BEd majoring in Social Sciences. After many years in the classroom, Janine moved on to academia. She has proudly trained new generations of teachers in her role as a lecturer at Queensland University of Technology Faculty of Education. She has also worked in the Queensland Government as an education specialist, developing education resources and delivering community awareness programs to help families conserve water. Currently she is the owner and editor of Families Magazine, a publication specifically targeted at parents who value a quality education for children.  Janine leads a team of professionals who write about family lifestyle, early childhood, schools and education information and family-friendly events.

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