How To Pack For A Family Vacation

How to pack for children
The Queensland Life

Over-packing is the most common travel mistake. So, with this in mind, we’re going to guide you through the ultimate packing process to ensure a swift and easy holiday is on the horizon.

To start, it’s best to write individual lists for each family member to ensure you don’t forget any must-haves. This way you can spread out the communal essentials and ensure no one forgets their sun-cream or swimsuits (two InterContinental Sanctuary Cove Resort essentials.)

Plus, get your young ones involved and contributing to the packing process to help build excitement about the trip and develop organisational skills in the process.


It’s a parents’ holiday just as much as a kids’ one, so it’s important to incorporate a few artful distractions into the mix.

Taghred Chandab, an award-winning children’s author suggests packing a child-friendly guidebook or creating a picture-based tick sheet for children aged between five to seven as this helps them to tick off the sights they see and the places they visit, helping them to remember and making it a more enriching experience.

For older children, Taghred highly recommends packing a scrapbook or travel journal. Some children are natural bowerbirds and you may be pleasantly surprised at what is precious to them, such as ticket stubs or foreign coins. 

To get the littlies more involved in the holiday, pack a durable camera they can use on the trip. It can be a fun project and get them excited about all the new things they are going to see. It is also a great way to recycle old cameras and soon to-be-vintage camera phones. A child’s perspective of the world can be quite an eye opener!


Packing for different climates is important, so anticipate what you might need beforehand. Bulky coats and cold weather wear take up a lot of space, whereas lighter items you can layer may be more effective for keeping warm, not to mention easier to pack.

Taking a trip to tropical Queensland means you get to pack less, but don’t forget children’s eyes and skin are more sensitive than adults so be sure to pack sunglasses, sun-screen and hats. Perspiration irritates sensitive skin so choose clothes made from natural fibres, which are slightly looser.

Insider Tip: Read up on the quarantine standards of your destination before travelling. For example, here in Australia we have one of the strictest quarantine laws in the world because of our unique environment. Unprocessed and fresh food, animals and animal products or plant materials are prohibited. There are also strict quarantine laws between states and fresh food cannot be transported across state lines.


To keep children occupied there is a temptation to bring hordes of toys and games, but InterContinental properties know their guests and already have an impressive array of fun distractions for little guests to enjoy.

The InterContinental Samui Baan Taling Ngam Resort in Thailand provides kids with all the necessary essentials and amenities, such as a children’s toiletries packs, beach toys and plate sets to cater to everything your child might need.

At InterContinental Sanctuary Cove Resort we have enough toys at the Planet Trekker’s Kids Club to go around for every family so parents need not worry about their young ones getting bored. Stocked with board games, water and pool toys, a giant chess board, putting green, table tennis and so much more, guests can pack light on distractions. For those who enjoy adventuring, the concierge also provides bicycle rental, perfect for exploring the surrounding.


Children who have their own seat booked on the plane, regardless of age, have the same allowances as adults, which with most major airlines is around 23kg for checked luggage and 7kg for hand luggage. Infants who do not have their own seat do generally get a luggage allowance, so bear this in mind for all the baby essentials that you think might take you over the limit.

Insider Tip: Taking toiletries is always a consideration due to airline restriction on carrying fluids onboard. InterContinental has a global partnership with Agaria to provide guests with the world’s finest toiletries, so this is one less thing to worry about when packing.

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February 1, 2018