Hillary Chybinski: Five Tips for Family Travel Packing

Friday, May 03, 2013

Five Tips for Family Travel Packing

This was a sponsored Media Trip. We love to travel as a family, whether it's a big family vacation to Disney or a day trip into Philadelphia, or anything in between. The kids love to explore new things and are pretty good travelers. But packing. . . does just thinking about it stress you out? Let me help you with some of my favorite tips and tricks for Family Travel Packing.

5 Family Travel Packing Tips

This weekend we are taking a family trip to Lancaster (follow us on twitter with #VisitLancaster). Typically this is a day trip for us and doesn't require packing, but last fall we visited overnight and the kids had a blast, so when we were invited to do it again, we jumped at the chance!
Lancaster Sights for Family Travel
And now I need to pack . . .so . . .

My first tip for Family Travel Packing is - know your itinerary.

You need to know what types of activities you and your kids will be doing, so you can have appropriate clothes and shoes. For instance on this trip, we will be visiting the Amish Village and the Strasburg Railroad. Both of these locations call for comfortable clothes and shoes. The Amish Village includes an 1840 Amish Farmhouse, one-room school house and 12 acres of ground to explore. Strasburg Railroad was founded in 1832, and is a wonderful way to explore steam trains and Pennsylvania railroading.

My second tip for Family Travel Packing is - check the weather.

The weather looks gorgeous for this weekend, the perfect combination of warmth and sunshine, because except for our stop at The Choo Choo Barn, most of our trip will be outside. The Choo Choo Barn is a 1700 square foot model train layout, that has to be seen to be believed. It's truly a work of art and a labor of love.

Once you know your itinerary and the weather, you are ready for my third tip for Family Travel Packing - make a list.

I like to make a little chart for each person, set-up by days and times, with a column for extras. Also, I hand write or print out my chart, so I can bring it with me and make sure we pack everything up to bring back home again.

My fourth tip for Family Travel Packing is - know a little about where you're going.

What I mean by this is, a trip to a remote location may mean you won't have access to any forgotten items, so your planning is more important. We will be in the heart of Amish Country, so while it's rural, there are outlets, towns and other venues so we shouldn't have a hard time finding any necessities we may have forgotten.

My fifth tip for Family Travel Packing is - know about "extras".

By extras I mean does your hotel have a pool or will there be another activity you may need special items for? We are staying at The Bird in Hand Family Inn, which has 3 pools, tennis courts and a mini golf course as part of their many amenities. The boys will be THRILLED! For me, it means pack swimsuits and flip flops.

So there you have it - my five Best Family Travel Packing Tips.

What is your best tip for Family Travel Packing? Share it in the comments!

catch you soon -

Disclosure - my family and I were invited on this trip as part of the Girl's Lunch Out Blogger Weekend. As always, all opinions are my very own.


  1. I love your tips! I am PHOBIC about packing for anything- and your post makes me a little LESS phobic;)

  2. I am not a light packer, but I'm trying to improve. I was proud to take just a carry-on bag - for a week. A vast improvement. Thanks for your tips! Have fun!

  3. I am not a light packer, but I'm trying to improve. I was proud to take just a carry-on bag - for a week. A vast improvement. Thanks for your tips! Have fun!

  4. I've been to most of those attractions. Awesome! You're going to have a great time!

  5. How fun!!! Now that W is older we are much lighter packers. If I can get everything into one backpack I consider it a success. And we have never been to Lancaster - looks like I need to have this on my list!!

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