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Family Trip Checklist

Family Holiday Checklist

The school holidays are upon us, offering families a precious window of time to unwind, bond, and create lasting memories. Whether you’re planning a day trip to a nearby attraction, a weekend getaway, or a full-blown family holiday filled with adventure, preparation is key.

Not only is finding and booking the best things to do with kids on the to-do list, but to ensure the whole trip is as stress-free and enjoyable as possible, SPARK POP has curated the ultimate family trip checklist. Let’s dive in!

Before You Go

Packing & Preparing

  1. Essential Documents: Ensure you have passports, ID cards, visas (if traveling internationally), and all relevant booking confirmations stored securely in your Mobile Wallet.
  2. Medication & First-Aid Kit: Pack any necessary medications, along with a first-aid kit stocked with essentials like bandages, antiseptics, bug spray, and pain relievers.
  3. Insurance: Review and confirm any travel insurance or health coverage you might need for your destination.
  4. Emergency Contacts: Have a list of emergency contacts readily available, including family members, doctors, and local emergency services.
  5. Clothing & Toiletries: Pack weather-appropriate clothing, toiletries, and any specific items you’ll need based on your destination.
  6. Kids Cutlery & Plates: For younger children, it’s often more comfortable for them (and you) to feed themselves with their favourite cups and plates or bowls.
  7. Backpack: Consider a small backpack or knapsack for each child to keep their hat, a change of clothes (for any long-distance travel), and the following items.
  8. Entertainment & Comfort: Bring along entertainment options such as books, games, colouring materials, or tablets loaded with movies. If it’s a beach holiday consider bringing an inflatable toy. Don’t forget comfort items like blankets, snuggle toys, or travel pillows.
  9. Snacks: Pack a variety of snacks to keep hunger at bay during travel or unexpected delays.

On the Trip

Irukandji in the water with Zebra Shark

Irukandji in the water with Zebra Shark

  1. Capture the Memories: Document your journey with photos and videos. Encourage your kids to capture their favorite moments, creating a visual diary of your holiday.


Babysitter – Kiddo: If you plan on having a date night or some adult-only time during your holiday, arrange for a trusted babysitter or utilize childcare services available at your destination. Use SPARKPOP10 for your first booking at

Entertainment – Colouring-in & Little Change Creators: Keep your little ones engaged and entertained with activities like coloring books, interactive games, or DIY craft kits. Re-FUN-able colouring sets by Little Change Creators offer fun, reusable colouring-in mats designed to spark creativity and imagination.

Travel Equipment – For those of you travelling with toddlers, we highly recommend the award-winning Hackerlily hipseat. This is the ultimate travel companion for mums and kids offering a stylish and practical strap-free Baby Carrier and Bum Bag in one!

Additional Tips

Research & Plan: Before embarking on your adventure, research your destination to identify must-see attractions, local events, and family-friendly activities and tours.

Stay Flexible: While it’s essential to have a plan, remain flexible and be prepared to adapt based on your family’s needs and interests.

Safety First: Always prioritize safety, especially when traveling with children. Familiarize yourself with your surroundings, set ground rules, and establish meeting points in case you get separated.

Connect & Bond: Use this time away from the daily grind to connect with your family, and create cherished memories together, while having heaps of FUN!

School holidays offer a perfect opportunity for families to disconnect from routine and reconnect with each other. By following this ultimate school holiday checklist and incorporating these tips, you’ll be well-prepared to embark on a memorable adventure filled with fun, laughter, and quality time with your loved ones.

Safe travels and happy holidays!

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