On the Road Again…..

Packing for a road trip without kids

Bonnie’s rule of thumb: Pack for every day you are going to be there, and one extra, as a just in case.


  • Shirts, tank tops, and a neutral sweater
  • Pants/shorts
  • Dress, or skirts
  • Undergarments (including socks)
  • Pajama’s (Depending on what kind of trip this is, and how long you should only need one pair)
  • Bathing suit, and towel
  • Swimming/Water Shoes (this is a must for me, no matter where I am going)
  • Swimsuit cover up, or wrap (again a must for me)
  • Workout clothes (I know it’s vacation, but I love to take advantage of the gym at the hotels.)

  • Shampoo and conditioner
  • Tooth brush and tooth paste, floss and mouth wash
  • Razor(s)
  • Soap, and or body wash
  • Moisturizers
  • Sunscreen
  • Hair brush
  • Contacts, and accessories (if needed)
  • Advil or Tylenol

Non-essential Toiletries:

  • Make-up, and removers
  • Hair styling products and heating tools
  • Face cloth (I always bring my own, you never know when you will need it)
Road Trip Accessories:

  • Blanket, and pillow (especially if you are a passenger a majority of the time)
  • Slip on and off comfy shoes (this is a huge essential for me, I hate having to put shoes back on in the car)
  • Food and drink (tip: go buy snacks and drinks beforehand at a big box store, so you do not have to pay the high prices at the convenience stores.)

  • Electronics (tablet, or computers, kindle/kobo) and all chargers
  • Cameras and accessories
  • A book or magazines.
  • Headphones
  • MUSIC MIX (something everyone in the entire car would enjoy)
  • Hand sanitizer (this is important because of how close quarters everyone is in a car.)

Packing for a trip with kids

Sarah’s Golden Rule for Travel: Start packing early! If you get things ready two or three days before you leave that gives you lots of time to make sure you have everything you need, add things you decide you want, and get things you’re missing.

We’re heading to Niagara Falls for 4 days with my in-laws.  But the real challenge of this trip is the fact that my son is in the middle of potty training. Well not the middle, he goes all day without an accident, but he’s only been at it for 2 weeks, and let’s face it there aren’t very many public washrooms in Niagara Falls so it will be a real test to how he’s doing.

So here’s a basic list of what I’m packing for just my son.


  • Shirts (2 short sleeve per day, 1 long sleeve per day)
  • Sweaters (a light one to tuck in the stroller while we’re walking around during the day, one a bit heavier to wear at night when we’re watching the fireworks over the falls)
  • Shorts/Pants (2 pairs of shorts per day, 1 pair of jeans per day, 1 pair of sweatpants per day)
  • Jacket
  • Socks (2 pairs per day)
  • Swim suit (2 pairs, that way if we go swimming at night, he has another set to wear in the morning)

  • Shampoo/Body wash
  • Bubble bath
  • Toothbrush and toothpaste
  • Swim diapers (just to make sure)
  • Pull-ups (just in case, once he started even on day when we were out for the majority of the day we’d put a diaper on him, but he’d still ask to go to the bathroom)
Road Trip Accessories:

  • Blanket, pillow, air mattress (we’re sharing a room with my in-laws so we purchased a small youth sized air mattress to put on the floor for him to sleep on)
  • TOYS (there will be 2 bags of toys, one for the car with colouring books, and small toys, the other for in the hotel room so he has something to do while we’re all getting ready for the day)
  • Car seat tray (so he can have his snacks in front of him, and have a flat spot to colour and play with his toys)
  • Snacks (some for in the car and some for in the hotel and for while walking around)



  • Laptop and cords (yes this seems like something for me, but it in fact is mainly going to be used at night time so my son can watch a movie while he relaxes and gets ready for bed)
  • Stroller
  • Potty seat (we just have one of the small cushioned rings that sits on the toilet, nice and easy for travel)
  • Food (my son is a picky eater lately, so we’ll be bringing a few things with us that we know he’ll eat, we have a mini fridge in the room so we’ll be able to keep a nice supply of milk and juice for him as well)

We hope everyone has a great long weekend, and if you’re traveling like we are, stay safe!


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