Even though I caved and bought a bigger backpack to fit our multi-season travel “stuff”, I couldn’t do that for the girls.

I did, however, buy them a small cross-body bag (purse!) for their toys and distraction items. This left a bit more room in their backpacks for their clothes and more necessary items.

Although, I could argue that their distractions are necessary, mainly for my sanity, but also for everyone else around us! Here’s my list of what to pack for kids multi-season travel. 

Amazingly, I was easily able to fit almost everything into their packs. The only things that didn’t make it were their winter boots, stuffable winter-jackets, toques and mitts. The toiletries are also missing since we keep them all together in on bag (in Dad’s pack!). If I really wanted to feel like a superhero I probably could have stuffed all of it in there, and made them wear their jackets, but that would just be cruel. They are only 4 & 6 years old!!

So, what’s in their packs you’re wondering?

  • 3 t-shirts
  • 4 tank tops
  • 2 long sleeve Icebreakers shirts (1 lightweight packed, 1 heavier weight for the plane)
  • Safari pants (I couldn’t convince them to wear anything other than leggings unless there was something extra special about them!!)
  • 3 pairs of shorts
  • 1 dress
  • 1 short-romper
  • Icebreakers leggings (wear on plane)
  • 2 lightweight nighties
  • 7 pairs of underwear (6 packed, 1 plane)
  • 3 pairs of socks (2 packed, 1 plane)
  • Bathingsuit
  • Fleece zip-up
  • Lightweight rain jacket
  • Sanuk yoga-mat sandals
  • UV hat
  • Cute “safari” hat (packed in my bag)
  • Pack towel
  • 500mL & 1L Platypus water bottles rolled up in the side pockets.
  • Bunna (Kacela’s bunny) & Pokey (Calais blanket) – both will get stuffed in the front last minute.

One thing we didn’t pack for them was a car seat, as we don’t often need them (we take public transportation as much as possible!). If you are going to need one, check out Melissa’s tips on how to travel with car seats so you don’t lose your cool!


I rolled up the fleece zip-ups as well as the rain jackets, and secured them with elastic bands. This seemed to work so well I packed some spare elastic bands in the bathroom bag! At the very least it’ll keep them contained until we wear them.

Hanging off the outside of their packs they’ve got their cute little rabbit name tags (from Alaska), a stuffed animal toy, their rain cover (the yellow thing), hand sanitizer and a lego name-tag keychain from our trip to Legoland. I can only imagine what’s going to be hanging off the outside of their bags by the time we’re done with them!!

AND…they only weigh 6lbs each!!

I know! Surprising…I thought they’d be heavier and I was feeling a little guilty. Somewhere I read that you shouldn’t make a child carry more than 25% of their body weight, which would be about 8-9lbs, so they’re good.

One welcome addition would also be a kid’s scooter. We’ve seen these all over Europe and the girls would LOVE to have one for their next trip


I’m sure now you’re wondering what ended up in their cute little cross body bags?

Find out RIGHT HERE in What to Pack in a School Kid’s Carry-on.

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