Before you head out on your winter vacation, use this checklist to make sure you don’t forget the essentials. Things like sunscreen and sunglasses aren’t only for summer, for example. You’ll need to be fully stocked with these items when you’re out in the sun playing in the snow. Speaking of cold temperatures, thermal underwear and a pair of wool socks are great for keeping them extra warm. Don’t forget the movies and travel games, too!
I’ve wrangled 25 must-have items to pack for the kids on your next winter vacation. Click through to see them all!
25 Essentials to Pack for Kids on Your Winter Vacation 1 of 26
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Sunblock 2 of 26
The sun can be bright, even in the winter months. Be prepared by packing strong sunscreen for the kids!
Buy it for $20 at Beauty Counter
Snow Suit 3 of 26
A snowsuit is an easy option that you can throw one your baby's clothes to keep him/her extra warm.
Buy it for $65 at GAP
Snack Containers 4 of 26
Don't forget to pack a whole lot of snacks for the kids to have during your travels. This idea of putting them in a tackle box works great.
Learn more at Inner Child Crochet
Gloves 5 of 26
Keep their fingers warm on the slopes or when they're playing in the snow with a warm pair of gloves with elastic cuffs to keep the cold out.
Buy them for $16.95 at GAP
Warm Hat 6 of 26
Pick up an extra warm hat to ensure their heads stay warm in the cold. This one even comes with ear flaps and has fleece lining the inside.
Buy it for $22.95 at GAP
Sunglasses 7 of 26
Pack an extra strong pair of sunglasses that can handle being tossed in and out of suitcases.
Buy them for $19.99 at Real Kids Shades
Travel Games 8 of 26
Don't forget to load up on travel games to keep them busy, especially if you're taking a road trip.
Buy them for $7.68 at Amazon
Kids Umbrella 9 of 26
Keep the kids warm and away from the rain with an umbrella.
Buy it for $6.81 at Amazon
Small Toys 10 of 26
Bring a selection of small toys for the kids to play with. This anchor crinkle toy is one you can even make yourself.
Get the tutorial at Pretty Prudent
Rain Boots 11 of 26
A sturdy pair of rain boots, like these Chooka boots, can definitely come in handy for unexpected rainy days. Have the kids wear them on the plane to save room in your suitcase.
Buy them for $39.95 at REI
Movies 12 of 26
Stock up on movies, especially ones they haven't seen before, to keep them busy when you're on a long flight.
Buy it for $15.99 at Amazon
Toothbrush 13 of 26
Pack one (or a few) toothbrushes, just in case one goes missing.
Buy it for $2.05 at Amazon
Travel Stroller 14 of 26
Bring along a lightweight travel stroller that you can easily set up, collapse, and stow away.
Buy it for $199.99 at Amazon
Pack n’ Play 15 of 26
No matter where you are staying, a Pack 'n Play makes it easier to get your little ones down when the crib is not nearby.
Buy it for $69 at Amazon
Lovey 16 of 26
Coming to a new place can be overwhelming; don't forget to bring your child's lovey along for the adventure.
Buy it for $34 at Amazon
Swimsuit 17 of 26
Bring along swimsuits for the kids, just in case there's an indoor pool or hot tub.
Buy it for $16.94 at Old Navy
Bjorn 18 of 26
Easily strap your baby in when you're out for a day of sightseeing.
Buy it for $71.95 at Amazon
Wipes 19 of 26
Be prepared with a pack of wipes to clean up messes.
Buy it for $12.99 at Amazon
Kids Bug Repellent 20 of 26
Just in case there are bugs around, you might want bring a safe bug repellent to use on the kids.
Buy it for $7.62 at Amazon
First Aid Kit 21 of 26
Don't forget a travel first aid kit, just in case something goes wrong.
Buy it for $15.99 at Amazon
Headphones 22 of 26
A sturdy pair of headphones are great to have for when the kids are watching movies on a plane. These come with a KidzControl volume limit cable to make sure it doesn't get too loud on their sensitive ears.
Buy it for $19.99 at Amazon
Sweats 23 of 26
Pack a comfy pair of sweats the kids can get cozy in when they get back to the hotel.
Buy it for $16.95 at GAP
Thermal Underwear 24 of 26
Thermal underwear is great for layering when it's extra cold outside.
Buy it for $10.36 at Amazon
Rain Jacket 25 of 26
Pack a rain jacket that is extra warm and water resistant.
Buy it for $78 at GAP
Wool Socks 26 of 26
A warm pair of wool socks is great for snowy days.
Buy it for $8.75 at Amazon
Jacinda Boneau is a fabric designer and founding co-editor at Pretty Prudent, the premier design and lifestyle blog providing inspiration and instruction to help anyone create beautiful things, food, and experiences for their friends and family.