Travelling with children checklist

Packing for a summer getaway can be stressful at the best of times, but when you’re travelling with children stress levels can reach an all-time high, and that’s before we contemplate the irritating baggage allowance conundrum.

If you’re concerned about flying with your little ones then check out our tips for flying with children before you fly.

One of the most common mistakes people make when packing for their summer break is packing too much. We see it all the time, people rooting through overflowing cases at the check-in desk in a bid to avoid hefty baggage charges. There is a simple solution to this, only pack what you need! Stick to a small number of staple pieces that can be mixed and matched for any occasion.

Use our simple travelling with children checklist to make sure you have everything you need for a family vacation - well within your baggage allowance.

The essentials

Booking confirmation
Boarding passes
Car hire/car insurance details/driving licence
Debit/credit cards
Visa (if required)
Holiday insurance documentation
Emergency contact numbers/details
Airport parking confirmation
Transfer details/ destination address
Travellers cheques
Plug adaptor(s)

For the children

Favourite cuddly toy
Plug in night light
Bottles/formula/baby food
Nappies/nappy cream/baby wipes (You can buy most of this abroad, so to free up more space, take just enough to cover the flight and the time to arrive at your resort, plus any emergencies.)
Bag of toys (Use this on the plane to keep them entertained.)
Changing mat
Children’s medicine – Remember, you can only take up to 100ml in your hand luggage
Car seat (You may be able to hire these from your car hire company or at your resort, so do your research before adding an additional item to your luggage.)

Personal essentials

Mobile phone
Glasses/contact lenses
Phone/tablet charger


Sweater/Jacket x 1 – to be worn on cool evenings (Top tip – travel in these bulkier items to free up additional weight in your case.)
Shorts x 2
T-shirt/tops/ vests x 4
Jeans x 1 (Travel in these.)
Dresses x 2
Skirts x 2
Socks x 4 (Sandals and flip flops will not require socks so take this into consideration when packing.)
Swimwear x 2
Underwear x 7
Sandals/flip-flops x 1
shoes x 1
Nightwear x 1
Hat or cap x 1
backpack/handbag x 1


Plasters/blister plasters
Make-up (Anything in excess of 100ml make sure you place in the hold.)
After sun
Hair brush
Hair dryer (Most resorts have these.)
Face wipes
Sun cream
Sanitary products

Everything else

Eye mask
Plastic bags for laundry
Playing cards

There are a number of items listed on our travel checklist that can be bought at your resort – but to err on the side of caution and be confident you’re prepared for your holiday without having to rush out to the shops the second you get settled in, make it your duty to fit as much as you can in your case, without exceeding your baggage allowance. That means making sure you have luggage scales at home! One thing we advise buying whilst at your resort is your beach and poolside equipment: goggles, snorkels and inflatables. You’ll get these considerably cheaper at beachside resorts so no need to make room for them in your luggage.

One last thing

Help Me Park can make your journey to the airport that little bit more comfortable (especially when kids are involved), with our premium meet and greet airport parking service at Gatwick Airport. All you have to do is drive your car to the terminal forecourt where one of our friendly drivers will help unload your luggage and wave you off. Your car will be in safe hands in one of our Park Mark accredited car parks for the duration of your break. When you land back at Gatwick Airport, give us a call and your car will leave our secure Gatwick Airport car park, and be back at the terminal in less than 15 minutes, that’s our guarantee!