Follow Me!

Family Travel

5 Spring Break Packing Tips that Every Parent Needs



5 Spring Break Packing Tips


spring break packing tips with oshkosh


Spring break is coming! And that means that it is travel time!!!

Spring Break is always the unofficial beginning of travel season for my little family of 3, and we are always so excited to just GO. This year we are going to New Orleans and I am so excited! ( you guys know it’s my favorite place ever).

I am a planner by nature, and with each trip, I live by my lists and my planner.  The trick with our spring break is that this time of year( early spring) makes it so hard to predict the weather. It could be in the 80s or in the 50s. And anything in between.  Our spring break travel plans tend to be short road trips ( by short I mean 4-6 hours at the most) and we don’t stay for long. So not only do we need the usual distractions on a road trip for the 7-year-old( tablet, headphone, cars, basketball…) but a good variety of clothes!

But packing for spring break can still be frustrating for even the most determined planner. You have still have to be strategic with packing no matter how long you  stay!  

So here are My 5 Best Spring Break Packing Tips:


Tip #1: Plan to dress in layers

tip number one:Plan to dress in layers


Spring break can be unpredictable. You never know what the weather will be like. And most likely, it will be cool start to your day, a warm middle, and cool again in the evening. Plan for that and layer!


Tips #2: Take more tops than bottoms. and switch it up

I always pack about 3 bottoms( jeans, shorts, and khakis) that can be worn no matter what the weather is. And then take about 4 or five shirts. Because lets face it, kids are notorious for messing up shirts with spilled drinks and food. But having more shirts with the same bottoms not only saves room in your suitcase, but makes for a nice variety in your kids wardrobe.


Tips #3: Take one pair of shoes.

Spring Break packing tips: take one pair of shoes

Yes, I know, it sounds blasphemous. But truly, for kids, unless you are going to the beach( which in that case, add a pair of flip-flops) you really don’t need more than one! It saves time when getting dressed and room in your suitcase.

Tip #4: Take your kid’s favorite toys.

Road trips can be long for our little people. There are only so many songs you can sing with your kid and punch buggy blues you can play before you get the inevitable “Mom are we there yet?” The trick is to keep them occupied and provide entertainment with a FEW of their favorite toys. In our household, that’s his tablet and his basketball. They go everywhere with us. On every trip.


Tips #5:  Pack snacks. For the kids AND the adults!

Because…hungry makes everyone cranky! I tend to pack a variety: fruit, crackers, cookies and water. Nothing worse than a hungry kid in your back seat! Or a hungry driver!


So those are my favorite spring break packing tips.  Do you have any great tips for parents? Share!


Spring break is the beginning of travel season for families and that means it's time to pack! Check out these 5 spring break packing tips!


Get a FREE EBook!

Image 7

When you sign up for our newsletter. Get tips, ideas and eyecandy right in your inbox!

Powered by ConvertKit
  • Reply
    Monica Platz
    March 1, 2016 at 8:57 am

    I’m hoping to plan a trip to Belgium this year!

  • Reply
    March 1, 2016 at 10:52 am

    Pookah is a great model:) I’ve had great luck finding clothes for RJ at OshKosh and Carter’s.
    We aren’t traveling until May and we’re flying. I will definitely be using your packing tips as I’m a notorious over-packer, but I want to avoid checking bags.
    Have fun in NOLA!

  • Reply
    Priscilla Lindeen
    March 1, 2016 at 11:25 am

    Yes, we plan to travel to San Antonio and New Braunfels this year.

  • Reply
    Harmony b
    March 1, 2016 at 12:08 pm

    I’m hoping for a mini vacation in the fall

  • Reply
    March 1, 2016 at 2:19 pm

    These tips are great! My girls always want to take more than one pair of shoes though! 😉 Also like the idea of taking more tops than bottoms. (Thanks for the shot at the giveaway!)

  • Reply
    March 1, 2016 at 4:06 pm

    These are great ideas, and man that kid of yours is so dang cute! Your photos are great too. It helps that he’s so dang photogenic. 🙂 So cute!

  • Reply
    Heather D. (@GirlGoneMom)
    March 1, 2016 at 4:59 pm

    You provided the best tips. We always re-use our bottoms on vacation too. Snacks are a must with my family too!

  • Reply
    Tammilee Tips
    March 1, 2016 at 7:08 pm

    These are great tips!!! We travel all the time we try to pack things in sets of outfits for the different days we are gone. Also we make sure we pack one extra set of clothes just in case.

  • Reply
    March 1, 2016 at 7:26 pm

    Nice tips. I definitely pack more tops than bottoms when packing for a trip. Packing snacks are definitely on top of our “must do’s” when it comes to traveling with kids.

  • Reply
    Elizabeth Sutherland
    March 1, 2016 at 9:17 pm

    Adorable photos and you’ve given us some great ideas! Thanks for sharing.

  • Reply
    Gwendolyn Mulholland
    March 1, 2016 at 10:04 pm

    We will be traveling a few times to see family in Michigan and we hope to get down to Atlanta. Living in East TN know means we can do a lot of staycations.

  • Reply
    Emily Smith
    March 2, 2016 at 12:48 am

    We live in Oregon and are traveling to California during spring break for a family reunion and then heading down to Legoland for a family vacation. We just told our three boys tonight. We are so excited!

  • Reply
    Ashley C
    March 2, 2016 at 1:49 pm

    We are planning to travel in July


  • Reply
    Laura m
    March 2, 2016 at 4:24 pm

    I’m planning a trip to italy

    • Reply
      March 3, 2016 at 8:35 am

      I am so jealous. #thatisall

  • Reply
    Aileen Adalid
    March 2, 2016 at 5:15 pm

    Those are great packing tips! On my side of the world though, we don’t have such a thing as ‘spring break’ but we do have our good ol’ vacations. 😉

  • Reply
    March 2, 2016 at 5:21 pm

    such great tips! layers have saved me from the cold and snacks are a must, as I’m like a cranky lil kid when I’m hungry haha
    Dee T

  • Reply
    Krystyn @ Really, Are You Serious?
    March 2, 2016 at 5:50 pm

    No spring travel plans. These are great packing tips!

  • Reply
    jeannine d
    March 2, 2016 at 6:55 pm

    none during spring break but hopefully driving up north to visit family in the summer

  • Reply
    March 2, 2016 at 11:03 pm

    My younger two and I are going down to the beach for Spring Break. As a family, we’re planning a cruise during the holidays – right before Christmas.

  • Reply
    March 2, 2016 at 11:16 pm

    I try to avoid traveling during Spring Break just coz it’s super busy and super expensive but great tips for travelers with kids!

  • Reply
    March 3, 2016 at 2:58 am

    we are going to florida!

  • Reply
    March 3, 2016 at 9:22 am

    Yes! We are traveling this year. To Wooster Ohio to Detroit Michigan and maybe to Erie PA!

  • Reply
    March 3, 2016 at 10:07 am

    I am not sure what we are doing yet! Can’t decide!

  • Reply
    Kelly D
    March 3, 2016 at 6:42 pm

    We will be going to visit family and taking a trip to the beach too.

  • Reply
    March 4, 2016 at 12:21 pm

    My dad had surgery last month so we are planning to drive to MS to spend a few days with him! <3

  • Reply
    Steve Weber
    March 4, 2016 at 12:42 pm

    Yes! we are going to Vegas on the 20th and then Indiana, Chicago and Michigan this summer

  • Reply
    Will G
    March 4, 2016 at 6:23 pm

    Yes, we’re going to Costa Rica!

  • Reply
    shelly peterson
    March 5, 2016 at 6:23 am

    Right now I don’t have any plans to travel but I would like to.

  • Reply
    Dawn Monroe
    March 5, 2016 at 9:47 am

    My husband and I want to take a road trip to the Snake Indian Mounds here in Ohio.

  • Reply
    Laura J
    March 5, 2016 at 12:08 pm

    We are planning on a trip to Wisconsin Dells this year!!!

  • Reply
    Cindy Hoffman
    March 5, 2016 at 6:15 pm

    Great tips there. We are planning on a trip to Amsterdam and will surely keep your tips in mind. And I like how the boy is good in posing, really cute.


  • Reply
    Sonya Morris
    March 5, 2016 at 9:11 pm

    We are planning a trip to Disney in a few months.

  • Reply
    Thomas Murphy
    March 6, 2016 at 1:25 am

    I don’t have any travel plans.

  • Reply
    Terry S.
    March 6, 2016 at 2:12 am

    I don’t know if I will be traveling anytime this year as I am looking to move first and foremost.

  • Reply
    Marcia Goss
    March 6, 2016 at 3:47 pm

    No travel plans yet. I would like to go the beach this summer.

  • Reply
    Erika W.
    March 7, 2016 at 11:13 am

    We go to Dollywood in TN every summer. Definitely looking forward to it!

  • Reply
    March 7, 2016 at 2:31 pm

    No plans to travel… yet.

  • Reply
    March 7, 2016 at 4:28 pm

    Not as of right now.. nothing special.

  • Reply
    Danielle S
    March 7, 2016 at 4:41 pm

    Yes, we’re going to Houston in April and the Midwest this summer. I’m hoping to go to DC before the year is out as well.

  • Reply
    March 7, 2016 at 5:20 pm

    Yes, in August

  • Reply
    Courtnie Miller
    March 7, 2016 at 8:42 pm

    I might be visiting Pittsburgh with my family.

  • Reply
    March 7, 2016 at 9:05 pm

    We’re doing a Disney cruise in November. I don’t even know where to begin!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Why is Pookah a big boy?!?!?!

    • Reply
      March 9, 2016 at 6:49 pm

      Im so jealous you are going on a Disney Cruise. I’m trying to talk the whole family into going for Christmas!

  • Reply
    sarah mayer
    March 8, 2016 at 10:35 am

    Yes, going to Las Vegas and then Florida then Minnesota all in one month

  • Reply
    March 8, 2016 at 4:09 pm

    We have a trip planned for Myrtle Beach.

  • Reply
    Janet W.
    March 8, 2016 at 5:09 pm

    We don’t have any travel plans for spring break. We take our annual beach vacation in the summer.

  • Reply
    Jennifer Marie
    March 8, 2016 at 10:03 pm

    We may go to one of the Carolinas or Florida this summer.

  • Reply
    Karla R.
    March 8, 2016 at 10:26 pm

    We plan on going to California this year.

  • Reply
    Terri Irvin
    March 8, 2016 at 10:51 pm

    Oh yes, my hubby and I have some trips planned later this summer. Hopefully we will be able to go to Santa Barbara in Southern California and the Grand Canyon.

  • Reply
    Melanie Montgomery
    March 8, 2016 at 10:55 pm

    Just a small trip to the coast!

  • Reply
    Deborah G.
    March 8, 2016 at 11:06 pm

    We are going to the Oregon coast.

  • Reply
    Ellen Casper
    March 8, 2016 at 11:24 pm

    We’re going on a cruise in May when the kids get out of school

  • Reply
    Packing Tips for Your Spring Break Trip
    March 27, 2017 at 2:58 pm

    […] This may sound crazy, but packing just one pair of shoes for a trip opens more room for other items and makes getting ready every day so much easier. […]

Leave a Reply

CommentLuv badge