How to Pack Everything Your Child Needs in a Single Carry-On

How to Pack Everything

Soon my family will be taking its first trip to Universal Studios.  To say we are excited is an understatement.  We were happy to score decent prices on our planes tickets but quickly realized that baggage fees added up really fast if we checked a suitcase for every member of the family.

I quickly decided Bill and I would share one checked suitcase and use carry-ons for the rest, and the boys would use carry-ons only.

DSC_7084Step 1 was to call the airline and find out the exact measurements of a carry-on.  Delta informed us that a carry on is limited to 22”x14”x9”.  Armed with my measurements I went where I always go first when I need something. I went to Costco, and they did not let me down. I managed to get an adorable rolling carry-on for Casey with a telescopic handle for only $29.99.  Similar ones at Target were $50 and up. Then for AJ I purchased a rectangular carry on case that has a sleeve on the back so it will slide on to the handle of Casey’s and roll as one unit. That bag was only $24.99!

Step 2 was to assess what was left of Casey’s summer wardrobe that would still fit him for a trip to Florida. I wasn’t surprised to find that he had outgrown most of it. He has had two growth spurts in the past couple of months. Luckily for me a Kohl’s coupon arrived and it was the super spectacular 30% off. I managed to get Casey’s entire summer wardrobe in one shopping trip.

Step 3 was to lay it all out on the floor so I could see it. I am a visual person, I need to see everything to be sure I haven’t missed anything. First was clothes, an outfit for each day, pajamas for each night, a coming home outfit, and swimwear.

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A seven year old doesn’t require much in the way of toiletries. A Ziplock holds his toothbrush, toothpaste, and sunscreen. Next comes games, electronics, a small art kit and a few other fun items to make the plane trip easier and to have fun in the hotel room.

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Clothes and Crocs went in the bag first.

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The top of the bag held a new little art kit he received as a Christmas present along with a block toy. In the side pockets went some favorites, Uno and Spot It!, as well as a small puzzle, a Nintendo 3Ds and game chips.


In the front pockets I placed his bag with his toothbrush and a travel size packet of baby wipes to wipe sticky fingers.

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In the end it all fit inside the bag just perfectly. Casey is ready to roll!


Stay tuned. I will be packing my teenagers carry-on very soon!

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