Monday, 31 July 2017

A 4 year old's guide to packing hand luggage

With our next holiday imminent, it's time for the dreaded task of packing the suitcases. I find this stressful enough for myself, let alone packing for the kids too. You may have read one of my recent posts which is part of my unconventional travel guide series which was The Unconventional Guide to Packing a suitcase with young kids. In that post I state that one thing that makes packing easier is to allow your children to pack their own hand luggage. They love feeling responsible for themselves, the task creates great excitement and it keeps them busy whilst you crack on with the actual suitcases. 



Eva was sent a fab Disney Nemo hand luggage size suitcase and wallet from Samsonite to take away with her on her travels. It's a good size for her to pull along herself and she finds it easy to manoeuvre. It's big enough for all her aeroplane entertainment essentials and the zip compartment is handy. It's also very sturdy. As you can imagine, it gets bashed about quite a bit but it is surviving very well which is exactly what you want when travelling.







I asked Eva what she thinks is essential to pack in your hadn't lugage. Here's what she came up with:

1) Snacks 
2) Teddy 
3) Small toys 
4) Colouring books
5) Pencils
6) Stickers
7) Ipad
8) Pillow
9) Lego
10) Cozy hoody

I think she's spot on with what she wants to pack. I'd just add a spare change of clothes and she's aeroplane ready.


Does your child have their own hand luggage bag? What items do you pack for them? 


*Thank you to Samsonite for sending us the Disney Nemo suitcase*
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35 comments

  1. Love this my daughter is four and I reckon she would have gone with pretty much the same list - such a fab little suitcase too!

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  2. Awesome packing skills Eva. I would so take all of those things on your list. I love the Nemo suitcase how cute :)

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  3. Oh I LOVE this!! My kids would literally go crazy for it!! Such a gorgeous fun case!!

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    1. Thank you. It is a fun case plus it stands out x

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  4. Now that is the cutest suitcase for kids ever. I love the Nemo theme and a great list of things to take x

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  5. What a cute looking suitcase. My daughter would love it.

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  6. This is adorable. Great tips from such a good little packer. Love the suitcase.

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  7. My kids idea of packing hand luggage is never mine and you should see what they come up with - I always have to downsize LOL

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  8. Brilliant. This reminds me so much of my own daughter. Although she is now 9, she still does things which she still did when she was 4. I would say she packs things almost if not the same as your daughter does. Love the suit case too. A great post.

    Thanks for Sharing

    John M

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  9. this is adorable! And that case - my kids would love it!! x

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  10. Loooool how cute is she! Your little trooper has better tips than I do!!


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  11. I love the suitcase! I think Sophie would choose exactly the same things x

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  12. Oh my gosh! The nemo suitcase is adorable! T always packs his own suitcase, I think it makes him feel a little more grown up. I think Eva's list is spot on xx

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    1. Defo. They love feeling like they are part of it x

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  13. I am smiling while reading this. Your little girl is so cute and her suitcase is so cute too! I love it as well.

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  14. My boys both have a Trunki as their hand luggage. I usually pack a change of clothes in each, a cuddly friend and some pens and paper. Then they fill up whatever space is left with cars, lol.

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  15. Little man is slightly older, 8, and also picks the same for his bag! :)

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  16. That is a super suitcase! Fab packing list too!

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  17. She is soooo cute! Love her cute Disney Nemo hand luggage and her aeroplane list was spot on. I will definitely be getting my little girls to pack their hand luggage

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  18. I hate packing too! Love the suitcase & the independence it gives them letting them have a go themselves :) x

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    1. Packing is the worst, oh and unpacking lol

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  19. That suitcase is fantastic! I love what she has packed, my oyster tend to just take a load of random rubbish!

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  20. She nailed it. We have our trunkis when we go on trips or family holidays. We pack entertainment packs, teddies, change of clothes, and snacks.

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  21. Loving EVas essentials and her memo suitcase is lovely.

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  22. That suitcase looks awesome. I used to love packing my own luggage

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  23. Oh how cute is this luggage and very cool for kids!! Perfect packing lists as well

    Laura x

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