Preparing for a week long vacation with a pre-schooler and a toddler is anything but simple. You don’t want to bring too much stuff, but you also want to make sure they are as comfortable as possible during their stay.

Before you even leave the house you need to remember to do the dishes; take out the trash; pack a cooler with lunch, drinks, and snacks; make flip flops- turquoisesure your arrangements for pet care are all set; get cash from the bank; and ask someone to grab your mail. If you are driving and are a member of AAA, you may also want to pick up some free maps before you hit the road.

Make sure you bring all necessary documents, such as a hotel, flight or rental car confirmation; insurance cards; drivers license; keys; and your address book.

If you are going to the beach like we did, the clothes each member of your family should have are shirts, shorts, socks, pants, a hat, shoes, underwear, bathing suit, sunglasses, and pajamas.

Personal hygiene and health items on our list were a razor, toothbrush, toothpaste, shampoo, conditioner, lotion, deodorant, hair brush, and any medications we might need like Infant Tylenol.

In case it rains, bring an umbrella and/or rain coats. You’ll need a beach bag to carry the towels, beach toys, and sunscreen you will also be bringing. Bring bug spray for eating or playing outside in the evenings.

As far as electronics go, some families are more “techie” than others. We brought our cell phone and charger, digital camera and charger, our lap top, GPS, camcorder, a portable DVD player and DVDs, our older son’s Leapster Explorer, and all different sizes of batteries.

Kid specific stuff we brought were bottles, sippy cups, a pack and play for our younger son to sleep in, a sheet for the pack and play, pacifiers, stroller, toys, books, swimming goggles and vests, diaper bag, diapers, diaper cream, wipes, booster seat for eat time, baby gate, and their favorite stuffed animal or blanket for sleep time.

Like I said, our packing list was far from simple but it did make for an enjoyable trip. There’s nothing better than fun family vacation memories!

Do you have any packing tips to add to this list? If so, please share in the comments.