What to Pack when Traveling with Children

We’re off on holiday soon, nowhere fancy, we’re just going to Somerset for a week. UK holidays are our best option with having 3 young children, there’s no way I could get on an airplane with these 3! Now I know how infuriating packing can be, and I am by no means an organised packer, but I thought I would show you some ideas of what to pack for the children during a holiday in the UK.


Now UK weather has been a bit hit and miss recently. It has been raining and cold one minute and hot the next, so I never know what to wear or what to pack. It’s only May so I’m not expecting sunshine every day (although I would love it not to rain), I am however packing for both weather conditions. My dad once told me to take my coat everywhere because you can always take it off but if you don’t have it, and you need it, you can’t put it on. Wise man he is.


Underwear and socks – enough for a week, plus a few spare.

Pyjamas – 3 sets each

7x tops each – mixture of t-shirts, long sleeve tops and jumpers

7x bottoms each – mixture of leggings, jeans, shorts and tracksuit bottoms

7x dresses for both girls (to wear on the night when we watch the entertainment)

2x hoodies/jackets each for Keira and Joshua

3x cardigans each for the girls

Swimwear for each

Sunhats and tights

I will state that as we’re staying on a Haven site, we have access to washing facilities that we, more than likely, will be using. So I’m not packing more than we need because there is the option of washing anything that needs it.



Toothbrushes and toothpaste

Nappies for Zara and Joshua

Baby wipes (lots of!)

Nappy sacks

Juice cups (2 each)

Nappy rash cream

Cutlery (because many restaurants don’t provide small cutlery for children)

Bibs and muslin squares

Hooded towels (2 each, one for baths one for swimming)

Shoes – mixture of trainers, shoes, sandals and wellies

So I think that just about covers it. In all honesty, I never know what to pack and some may think that this is a bit overboard but with the UK weather being so unpredictable, I would much rather pack more than I needed rather than pack too less and be without.

On top of all of this will be our Cosatto Supa Dupa double stroller and our Connecta baby carrier. Keira is happy to walk and we normally have Zara and Joshua in the double, but for the days when Keira may get a little tired it’ll help have the Connecta so we can baby wear Zara and Keira gets a rest in the pushchair!

Plus we have a 3 bedroom caravan to use an extra room as storage, just in case.

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Spring in the UK is a bit hit and miss with the weather, but that doesn't stop us going on holiday. Here's a handy list of what to pack for your children.


  1. Healthy & Psyched

    2 May, 2017 at 7:46 am

    Great post. I am going on holiday this year with my sister and little nephew so I will make sure that my sister reads this post while packing!

    1. amyandtots

      2 May, 2017 at 10:34 am

      Hope it comes in handy!

  2. Lisa Peele @ Wonderling

    2 May, 2017 at 8:15 am

    Great post. Always tricky to know what to pack and strike the right balance!
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    1. amyandtots

      2 May, 2017 at 10:35 am

      Especially when you don’t know which way the weather is going to sway!

  3. Robin Rue

    2 May, 2017 at 10:30 am

    I actually pack a lot less than that because I always do a load of laundry half way through the week. It’s much easier for me that way 🙂

    1. amyandtots

      2 May, 2017 at 10:36 am

      It probably looks like loads but with 3 children there’s a lot to pack haha. Plus the weather is hit and miss so I’ve made sure we have clothes for both warm and cold weather – that’s probably where to bulk comes in.

  4. Raine C.S.

    2 May, 2017 at 11:15 am

    Traveling with kids is always challenging. I’m actually taking my six (yes six!) kids on an airplane next week…. I think I must be crazy! I already feel sorry for the other passengers. Always good to be organized. Great list.

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  5. Amber Myers

    2 May, 2017 at 2:02 pm

    This is a helpful post to keep in mind! Sun screen is a huge must!

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  6. Jenni

    2 May, 2017 at 2:34 pm

    This is half what I had on my list the first time we went away with baby haha but we didn’t use most of it. Great list x

  7. Andrea

    2 May, 2017 at 2:35 pm

    While I don’t have children myself, I can totally pass this on to friends who have kids. I know they are always travelog and looks for tips. Thanks for sharing!

  8. Jessica Taylor

    2 May, 2017 at 2:36 pm

    Traveling with one kid is overwhelming. I can only imagine how it is with multiple!

  9. Beth Davidson

    2 May, 2017 at 4:00 pm

    I thought I was doing good just remembering the babies. 🙂 I would say, if you are worried about over or under packing, think about where you’re going. If they have a grocery store, you’ll survive even if you forget something. No need to stress!

  10. Donna Ashworth

    2 May, 2017 at 4:37 pm

    Great advice! I am so good at packing for my kids now although it does change so much and this year we have been on a ski-ing trip and a camping trip which required major planning!

  11. GiGi Eats

    2 May, 2017 at 4:49 pm

    One day, I will need a list like this. For now…. Let me just be selfish and focus on me, LOL!!!

  12. Anosa

    2 May, 2017 at 5:39 pm

    Your dad definitely nailed it on the head with the coat and that’s my philosophy too.

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  13. Author Brandi Kennedy

    2 May, 2017 at 6:08 pm

    Sounds like you’re going to be well prepared for your trip! I hope your family has an awesome time together.

  14. Debbie Nicholas

    2 May, 2017 at 8:10 pm

    Oh wow great list. I will definitely be printing off and using next time we go away.

  15. Kimberly C.

    2 May, 2017 at 8:19 pm

    This is so handy because with kids there is always something you forget. I always overpack and still forget essentials. And I just have one.k

  16. Ana De- Jesus

    2 May, 2017 at 10:39 pm

    Oh I loved Haven as a kid, I really hope you have a wonderful time! This is a great packing list, especially as it can be quite daunting to know what to pack!
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  17. Muna Kenny

    2 May, 2017 at 11:50 pm

    I almost want to pack everything when traveling with my son and that’s when he was a kid. I am always afraid to need something and not find it!
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  18. Ali Rost

    3 May, 2017 at 1:42 am

    Wonderful post! I remember when the kids were little .. the amount of things we took with us on trips increased 10 fold. It’s crazy how many things they needed. Your list is wonderful. I wish I’d have had it back in the day!

  19. David Elliott

    3 May, 2017 at 3:02 am

    Hope that you have an amazing trip. I imagine it would be quite challenging with the unpredictability of the weather. I know it could get to be a pain. But you have to bring everything just in case.
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  20. Sincerely Ophelia

    3 May, 2017 at 4:58 am

    Good compiled list. Will be giving this to my friends with children!

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  21. Lauretta @ Home and Horizon

    3 May, 2017 at 5:54 am

    Now if only someone had written a post like this when my kids were babies (nearly 12 years ago!) – really handy and I’m sure it will come in use for many parents.

  22. Elizabeth

    3 May, 2017 at 7:39 am

    I hope you have a lovely holiday! 🙂 Personally, I’d pack half as many clothes given you’ve got access to washing facilities, but that’s just how I work. 🙂
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  23. Brianne Patrice

    3 May, 2017 at 9:57 am

    Great list! Mom’s gotta always be prepared! I get overwhelmed packing with just one lol I could only imagine thebwork that goes into packing with 3. Have fun on your trip!

  24. Terri Beavers

    3 May, 2017 at 11:41 am

    This reminds me of when my kids were small. I took everything they’d need and more which always filled up the trunk. Now that I’m an empty nester, a small weekender usually is all I need.

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  25. Sarah - let them be small

    3 May, 2017 at 6:24 pm

    we go away soon and I really should think about what to pack for the children!

  26. Lindsey

    3 May, 2017 at 9:26 pm

    A fab post. You know I always forget to pack nappy sacks. They are super versatile and great to always have a few in your bag

  27. Jess

    4 May, 2017 at 7:22 pm

    Oh gosh, I wouldn’t know where to start! I imagine having laundry facilities will come in super handy with three little ones, though. Have a lovely holiday! <3

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  28. Mardene Carr

    5 May, 2017 at 1:45 pm

    Well those with kids please take heed. You do not want to arrive without the necessities when you are travelling with kids, trust me.

  29. Holmsleigh

    15 May, 2017 at 6:15 am

    Hi! I am Lauren a newbie to blogging. I have just stated my blogging career and visiting other bloggers to understand the techniques of successful blogging. You have a wonderful blog can you give your technical tips to be a successful blogger like you. Many Thanks.

    1. amyandtots

      17 May, 2017 at 4:27 pm

      Thank you 🙂 That means a lot. As far as tips go, I would say just write what you love. If you aren’t enjoying blogging, then you’re doing it wrong. Also, don’t get caught up in the numbers game.

  30. stephanie

    29 May, 2017 at 8:02 pm

    I can imagine how tough it can be travelling with children – so thanks for sharing! x
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