Packing List

I am not a light packer and I like options. So, trying to fit all my needs into a 30″ suitcase for months has been a little daunting. Every piece needs to be relevant and easily put together. I mixed some nice staple pieces with some in-expensive pieces. This way if I happen to get sick of an item I won’t feel bad passing it along and buying something in its stead at a local spot. I use Dress Lily for all my in-expensive needs and whims.

I need my packing to be organized and simple. My trick is packing cubes!


If you haven’t used them for travel you should! They make life sooo much easier. All your shirts, pants, and dresses, are neatly placed in their category and zipped closed. No rifling through a bag to find a specific item. With kids this is HUGE! Because they often require an outfit change during the day.

Since I am always number one in my house I’ll go through my packing list first. Next it will be the kids, then our travel gear. Derek is refusing to give me his suitcase details…I think it’s a guy thing?

Kenzie’s suitcase


Packing for a trip. Reversible clothing. Suitcase


  1.  3 pairs of pants from Free People  (white, black, and dark jeans)
  2.  1 pair of leggings/work out pants 
  3.  3 basic t-shirts and tanks tops (white, black, cream)
  4.  EK reversible black/light grey shirt This reversible shirt goes with all 3 pairs of pants so this gives me 6 outfits
  5.  Jia Collection Reversible short sleeve shirt This shirt gives me 4 different outfits when paired with my black or white pants
  6.  Jia Cardigan that turns into a dress
  7. Ted Baker Black Cardigan that turns into a dress
  8. 4 dresses :They all pack up small and are in-expensive. So I won’t feel bad ditching them if I get sick of them
  9. 3  bathing suites : They are very in-expensive so I am OK if they fade, are lost, or damaged
  10.  Purple Eddie Bauer fold in puff coat
  11.  66 North Army Rain Coat




I packed a basic pair of flip flops and tennis shoes. But I love cute shoes and I am short and my husband is 6 ft. So, I need something that makes me a little taller, makes my eyes happy, and my feet feel like they are walking on clouds. My tried and true walking brands are Rieker (a german shoe company) Munro, and Sorel


  1.  Brown leather Rieker shoes
  2.  Munro black dress sandal
  3.  Sorel Arctic Wedge waterproof boots 


Boy’s shared suitcase



I tried to buy everything in tones of blue, grey, and black. These colors seem to hide the most dirt and the colors coordinate well. The boys will also have their own backpacks that are their responsibility to fill with what ever toys they want.

  1. 4 long sleeve shirts each
  2. 4 short sleeve shirts each
  3. 2 tank tops
  4. 2 pairs of jeans (light and dark)
  5. 2 pairs of shorts each
  6. 2 bathing suites each
  7. Each kid has a Fleece suite. To use as p.j’s or for extra layers in cold places
  8. Each kid has a rain gear set in their favorite colors Yellow and Red
  9. Hunter kid rain boots
  10. Kids Tom’s 
  11. sandals
  12. REI Reversible Down Coats also available on amazon here
  13. one sweat shirt each


Travel Gear


  1. Maclaren Double Stroller   This stroller can hold all three of our kids. Folded up the smallest, was the lightest, and felt like the most durable for it’s class of stroller. It  does have a lifetime warranty so if it does fall apart I can at least get a new one!
  2. KidCo Sleeping Tent  This is a magical pop up tent that is very light and small. I have had this tent for 6 years! It has gone through 2 rough boys, trips to Europe, etc with no tears or sign of wear. My kids all sleep very comfortable in it when they are still in that baby phase of needing a play crib to sleep in.
  3. Mifold Booster Seat This is the world’s smallest and easiest booster seat to use and travel with.
  4. Tula Baby Carrier This carrier allows for full support on long days for shoulder and waist, it adjusts small enough for my frame, and it is packs up small
  5. BityBean Compact Carrier We use this carrier the most for 3 hour or less activities. It folds up into a teeny tiny little bag. It is very durable in rain and fires out quickly. It is also a very lightweight material that makes it comfortable to wear in hot weather. Baby and chauffeur don’t get all sorts of sweaty.
  6. Klos Guitar This is a carbon fiber travel guitar! It is seriously the coolest traveling instrument around. The neck detaches from the body making it compact and travel friendly.



Five Take Flight Faves

  • Martha Rose Trimble
    Posted at 15:43h, 06 May Reply

    I’m headed to live in Dubai from NC in August! I’ll be there for two years and I love using your packing list to help with mine!

    • Kenzie Tillotson
      Posted at 01:49h, 10 May Reply

      I am glad it was helpful and please send me any tips or tricks that you find are musts!

      • Alexa
        Posted at 18:14h, 06 October Reply

        Hola Kensie soy madre de dos hijos y me encantaria poder ir a tu pais, solo que la economia y las deudas en Colombia no dan pie para poder salir de aca

        Me gustaria mucho poder ayudarte y compartir tiempo con ustedes y aprender

  • naya
    Posted at 15:22h, 04 October Reply

    love your travels and especially your videos!
    would you share with us what gear you use for your videos?

    • Kenzie Tillotson
      Posted at 14:56h, 06 October Reply

      Yes, happy to share. We use a DJI mavic drone and Gh4 Lumix camera. We do our editing in Final Cut

  • Lizz
    Posted at 17:11h, 15 November Reply

    Thanks so much for sharing! I’m a new mom to a 5 month old baby boy and I hope to be able to confidently travel with kids. I could not find the video where you introduce the “lovies” that all the kids have. What are they called again? They are just too cute.

    • Kenzie Tillotson
      Posted at 17:51h, 15 November Reply

      Congratulations on your new baby! We introduced their ‘lovies’ In the video titled Cyprus. You can find it under the video tab on this website. Best of luck with your future travels!

  • Linda Harrison, Florida
    Posted at 14:47h, 20 November Reply

    Great tips.
    I also wonder, for packing, space bags, small ones, as long as you have access to a vacuum to get the air out, might work well.

    Love you guys so much. Really enjoy watching you go through this journey.
    It’s something that I may never get to do.
    Severe back issues, many surgeries, after having twins, full term, 6 and 7 lbs, they kind of killed my spine.
    😇wondering of I can use that against them when their older. 😂😂

    Safe travels.

    • Kenzie Tillotson
      Posted at 10:00h, 27 November Reply

      For sure you can use it against them 🙂 I looked into those vacuum bags! That are cool! We haven’t had a vacuum every place we stay at. So far it’s been half and half so I don’t dare risk it

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