Family Travel Packing List

The Pacific Northwest dress code is definitively casual and comfortable; jeans are fine, even in most midrange restaurants. Wear layers, and prepare for rain and sun — on the same day!


  • If traveling between the U.S. and Canada, bring required I.D.
  • Health, auto, and travel insurance documents
  • Airplane, train tickets or confirmation numbers, itinerary
  • Confirmation for hotels, car rental, etc.
  • Maps or mapping device
  • Membership cards: AAA or other roadside assistance plans
  • Membership card from your local zoo, children’s museum, and/or science museum, if you can benefit from reciprocity

Toiletries and health items

  • Toothpaste, toothbrushes, dental floss
  • Contact lenses or glasses
  • Nail clippers
  • Tweezers
  • A first-aid kit with Band-Aids, Tylenol, Allergy medicine, gauze, anti-bacterial ointment
  • Prescription medicines
  • Sunscreen, lip balm
  • Stain-removing wipes
  • Hairbrush or comb

Clothing (for one week)

  • Five shirts; a mix of long-sleeve and short-sleeve, depending on season
  • Three–five jeans/pants (winter) and/or shorts/skirts (summer)
  • Lightweight synthetic or wool sweater
  • Five pairs of socks
  • Two pairs of shoes (one will get muddy)
  • Seven pairs of underwear (because accidents happen)
  • Swimsuit
  • Sunglasses (really!)
  • Hat, gloves, and scarf
  • Umbrella, if you use one (most native Northwesterners don’t)
  • Lightweight, waterproof coat and boots (what we use instead)

For baby & toddler

  • Diapering supplies
  • Travel changing pad
  • Receiving blankets
  • Car seat
  • Stroller
  • Backpack or baby carrier
  • Baby food, formula, and/or breastfeeding needs
  • Sippy cup
  • Bibs
  • Baby food, spoon
  • Clean-up washcloths or wipes in a baggie

For older kids

  • Books
  • Notebook, journal, or activity book
  • Crayons, felt pens, coloring books
  • Small toys (Matchbox cars, Playmobil, Little Pet Shop, etc.)
  • Nightlight and/or small flashlight
  • Freezer-size bags for wet clothing

Snacks for the car, plane, train, or ferry

  • Cheerios
  • Instant oatmeal packets
  • Cheese sticks
  • Peanut butter and jelly sandwiches
  • Trail mix
  • Baby carrots or oranges
  • Water or juice boxes

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