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Minimalist Packing For Family Travel

November 25, 2016 // Parenting, Uncategorized

We are currently on a little holiday to celebrate US Thanksgiving with my husband’s side of the family. It’s our third year in a row coming and the kids get so excited to see their cousins and celebrate Thanksgiving at my sister in law’s mom’s place in Scottsdale.


If you’ve been following me over on Instagram you will have seen the sunshine and horseback riding and all of the happy faces. Sunshine is definitely a mood booster and being outside is a great way to spend a holiday away from Raincouver.

This time around we opted out of checking luggage and decided against bringing a stroller. Having little kids definitely makes it easier to minimally pack, smaller bodies equals tinier clothing, and so all three kids had 5-6 outfits all rolled up into one wheeled carry on bag.

Not having to bring big jackets or boots definitely helped to keep things simple for us. This basically confirms to me that I should only book holidays that involve sunshine. We decided to bring just enough diapers and wipes to get us through the first day and we went to the shop and bought just enough to use while we were away from home. In the past I would fill a suitcase with diapers and I’ve learned my lesson about lugging them around.

We haven’t checked a stroller on a flight for awhile now. I think the last family holiday where we flew and brought a stroller was back when Josie was under two and we went to Hawaii. We haven’t felt that we’ve missed it and it’s been nice not having to tote it around.


Luckily my littlest really loves to go in the carrier and so we brought our Becco to use to get around and sight see and even at family events. The big bonus is that naps can happen on the go and in the carrier, so it’s not a big deal if we’re out and we can easily stay on top of those important toddler naps!

Things that I did pack!

  • My flat iron
  • A total of three different pairs of shoes for me including my ankle boots!
  • Two lap tops, one iPad and my husband’s large Cannon camera
  • Two boxes of Canadian cookies to give as gifts

In the rush of coming off of three day shifts there were a few things that I did forget to pack, like my toothbrush, but nothing that a quick trip to the shops couldn’t remedy.

Do you carry on or check your luggage for short holidays? We would have had to pay for each checked bag, so we decided to see if carrying on would work for us and it did. Any longer of a trip and checking a bag would have been necessary for



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Hi! I'm Andrea, a 30 something girl who loves living the downtown lifestyle and didn't want to give it up once I started a family. Mama in the City since 2008 and blogging since 2009!


  1. Linda L. says:

    This is great! Sounds like you brought just what you needed. That is the best way to travel anyways.

  2. Chantal says:

    We are totally the people who pay the baggage fee cause I can not figure out how you would bring all your stuff in carry on.