Packing List

We are a family of three, with one 5-year old son, Nolan.  We plan on focusing on the essentials and striving to live a life of  less “convenience” while traveling, but we still want to be comfortable and enjoy our trip.

There are a lot of travel blogs with suggested packing lists including; needs to haves, nice to haves, and don’t bothers.  There are endless gadgets and essentials, that I’m not really sure are essentials as much as ways to waste money.

Of course every family is different, so if you are considering a trip, do what’s right for your family. Use your own judgement and consider the needs of your family. Don’t just buy things because a marketer or travel blogger tells you. The amount of weight you pack really does matter when you realize you’ll literally be dragging it around for a year!  Be smart and error on the side of “no” — our family’s general rule is … if you really need it later … you can always buy it.

We have 3 large suitcases, each weighing 50 pounds on the dot and we each have a backpack.

Here’s our packing list:

KGB (suitcase 1 or KGB’s backpack)

  • 5 running outfits (tank, Nike pant, socks, panties, & sport bra)
  • 3 long sleeve shirts
  • 4 tank tops
  • 3 t-shirts
  • 1 pair jeans
  • 2 shorts
  • 2 capri pants
  • 1 leggings
  • 2 dresses
  • 2 swimsuits & coverup
  • 2 pj sets
  • 4 bras
  • 5 undies
  • 5 shoes (running shoes, keens, flip flops, sandles, & rothys)
  • blow dryer
  • tolietes and make-up
  • laptop, keyboard, and mouse
  • ipad
  • 2 books
  • 1 coloring book

Nolan (suitcase 2)

  • 7 pjs
  • 10 shorts
  • 10 t-shirts
  • 2 polos
  • 1 button down
  • 2 long sleeve shirts
  • 2 swimsuits
  • 10 undies
  • 5 socks
  • 3 shoes (flip flops, crocs, and running shoes)

Jim (suitcase 2 or Jim’s backpack)

  • 8 tshirts
  • 8 polos
  • 2 button downs
  • 8 shorts
  • 2 jeans
  • 4 shoes (flip flops, 2 walking shoes, casual shoes)
  • 8 under shirts & 4 tanks
  • 10 socks
  • 10 undies
  • 2 swimsuits
  • tolietes
  • laptop, monitor, keyboard, & trackpad

Toys (suitcase 3 or Nolan’s backpack)

  • LEGO bin
  • 10 monster trucks
  • 26 robot letter set
  • 8 transformers
  • 3 sticker books
  • 5 books
  • play-doe set
  • ipad

Other Stuff (suitcase 3)

  • Dive equipment
  • self made first aid kit & medicines
  • sunscreen and bug repellent
  • AAA & AA batteries
  • toiletry back-up supply
  • power cords & adapters
  • roku
We are on a trial run this month, so I’ll let you know what happens before July 1st!  I fully expect us to pair down and get smarter about our packing!

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