Packing for a school trip – 10 essentials to pack


Packing for school trips is always a challenge!  If you suffer from the “packing-panic” syndrome – don’t worry, we’ve got you covered!  We’ve put together a handy packing list to make sure you don’t forget any of the essentials.

The essentials to pack will depend on the destination, weather and activities your children will be involved in.

We’ve created our packing list with a summer school trip in mind, but we’re sure it will also be useful for a trip in the spring, autumn or early winter.

Let’s get packing!

Packing for a school trip – 10 essentials to pack

1) Backpack & water bottle

Get ready for a school trip with a lightweight and comfy backpack. Double-check if the straps are fully adjustable for a better fit and extra comfort. Don’t forget about a handy water bottle, refillable and ideal to keep your children hydrated on-the-go.

2) Waterproofs

Make sure your children stay warm and dry while they’re away whatever the weather – a breathable, waterproof jacket and a pair of drizzle-defeating trousers can be a lifesaver! Even the sunniest day can end up with rain – ahh, the joys of British weather!

Packing for a school trip – 10 essentials to pack

3) Comfy shoes

A pair of comfy trainers or walking shoes is necessary to keep away blisters, as they are almost definitely going to be doing a lot of walking!

4) Wellies

Nothing beats wellies when it comes to practical packing. Obviously, they protect against big wet puddles and muddy yomps but they also have the benefit of no laces or Velcro so can be easily slipped on and off feet.

5) Sunscreen

A high factor sun lotion is essential, especially in the summer – your child’s lovely, young skin can get burnt even if it’s not boiling hot outside. You can’t guaranty they will pop some sunscreen on before taking part in the outdoor activities but at least if you pack it they have the choice!

Packing for a school trip – 10 essentials to pack

6) Sun hat & sunglasses

Pack a protective sun hat with and pair of fun sunglasses for extra sun protection because you never know what British summer might deliver.

7) Suitable clothing

Layers, layers and more layers – don’t let the weather surprise them! A t-shirt, a long-sleeved top, a light jumper and a waterproof jacket are key to keeping your children comfortable while they ramble in the great outdoors! Layers are handy as they can be added or removed depending on the temperature.

8) Toiletries

A small and practical washbag including soap, shampoo, toothbrush and toothpaste should be enough – avoid packing big and heavy bottles so that your child doesn’t have to carry unnecessary baggage.

Packing for a school trip – 10 essentials to pack

9) Healthy snacks

Healthy snacks such as nuts, fruit and veggies are a great idea and a perfect alternative for crisps and cookies. Click here for more brilliant nutrition tips for children.

10) Something to keep them busy

A book, a magazine, a notepad and pencils or a good old colouring book will make a long (and boring) coach or train trip easier and keep your children occupied.

If you have some brilliant packing tips or would like to share your ultimate packing checklist, leave us a comment below <3