Printable Packing List for Kids.

~ { While I leave you for a week long summer break I am sharing with you a series of posts from years gone by. I know you will enjoy them! I'll be back soon with fresh posts and fresh stories from our week. Happy summer, Rachel } ~

This was written before our summer trip last year. I worked up this packing list for the kids that we still use each time we travel. Since we're out the door on a quick adventure I thought I would share how we pack with children.

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Sage is nearly eight years old. Until recently I still packed for him whenever we traveled. While I rarely take the do-it-myself-because-it's-easier-that-way approach to parenting, when a trip is involved I do. Travel freaks me out. I tend to start a last minute sewing project (that abstractly pertains to the trip) when I should be packing food and underwear, based on some perception of an unfulfilled need. Really.

Wolf Family Packing LIst

For our last trip I created a kid-friendly packing list so that the kids can help with their own packing. It is simply a checklist with drawings of all necessary items and a line for quantities that you can update for each trip. It contains all the basic clothing needs (for summer and winter), books, toys, and snuggle-buddies. I did not include items like toothbrushes and winter or rain gear because I still pack these myself.

You can print a copy of mine (there is a link to the PDF below) or create your own personalized version with clip art, stickers, catalog pictures, or your own drawings. Then tuck into a protective plastic sleeve, find a crayon or wipe-off marker for checking items off, and get packing! With this list even non-readers can participate if given a little assistance.


(Worth noting is that on Sage's copy of the packing list he wrote the quantity 0 in the blank beneath undies and added the editorial comment "Dumb." We all have our biases.)

Here is the link to the PDF. Just scale to fit page for your printer and you'll be set. Happy summer vacationing!

Download Ourpackinglist

4 thoughts on “Printable Packing List for Kids.

  1. Gretchen says:

    Loved seeing this. I made the same list for my children years ago before the computer. It was so helpful; it gave them responsibility for their own packing and relieved some of my burden.

  2. Terri says:

    What a great list. When my boyfriend’s 8 year old comes over for the weekends it never fails that he forgets a sweatshirt or his mother forgets to check to make sure he has enough undies. I’m going to use you list to create multiple lists so he can pack for himself all year round.

    Thanks for sharing!

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