Raising A Traveling Tribe: Kids Pack Suitcases

by Tina on February 18, 2014

in family, Raising a Traveling Tribe, Travel

traveling mama kids pack suitcases

On Friday, while we were bustling around trying to pack for our trip to Spain, we told our kids to get some things ready for their carry ons.  We didn’t expect them to have much interest in the chore, but two out of the three really went for it.

Here is what happens when our kids pack suitcases:

Landon, our five year old, packed his bag with great enthusiasm.  He packed his bag full of all of his favorite toys, both big and small.  I had to tell him that all those toys would be too heavy to carry so we unpacked the bag and I packed it once again without nearly so much.  I always add a few little surprises to the kids’ bags for the airplane, so when I went back to add those in I discovered that he had added quite a bit back to the bag!  I left a few things, but the spy night goggles, the six pack of books, and the oversized bouncy ball had to stay at home.

Hailey, almost 13, packed in a very reasonable fashion.  This kid is by far our most traveled and she is very practical.  She brought a book to read, an art book and coloring pencils, her two stuffed puppies who have visited every city we have ever been to, and her iPod.  She also packed a few practical things in her purse, such as tic tacs, lip gloss, and a pack of tissues.

Parker, who is nine, packed one stuffed animal.  Seriously.  That’s it.  I would say that he takes after his dad, but it is actually me that packs the lightest, which I credit to the fact that I grew up watching my Dad, who is a pilot, pack.

It was so fascinating to see each of the kids’ personalities displayed through what they packed.  Landon is full of passion and is all play while Hailey is very practical.  Parker has always been a no fuss, easy going kind of guy (and he knows his dad always packs the iPad.  :-)

What about some of you?  Have you let your kids pack suitcases?  What do they like to pack?  Do you see their personalities through how they pack?


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