Packing for Summer Vacation with Kids

Tonight, we’re flying to Las Vegas to spend the weekend with my family.

It’s also the beginning of our summer on the west coast living out of a suitcase (you’re feeling pretty jealous, aren’t you?), which means I’ve spent a ridiculous amount of time thinking about what to pack for my girls for the summer.

It’s also made tricky by the fact that we’ll be in Utah in May (could be beautiful, could be snowing), Las Vegas for the rest of the summer (could be hot, could be hotter than that), and then going straight to Spain.

I teamed up with Old Navy as part of their baby and kid spring sale to pick out a summer wardrobe for my girls that will work for them in a variety of climates and all works together to make as many outfits as possible. I spent one evening after my girls were in bed at my local Old Navy laying out outfits on the floor, switching in and out various pieces, and figuring out what I could get the most mileage out of. I won’t lie – it was pretty fun.

(Of course, Old Navy has long been one of my favorite places to buy kid clothing. In fact, it was the first place I ever bought clothing for Ella, more than six months after I found out she was a girl).

Here’s what I came up with for Ani.

I wanted tops and bottoms that could all be mixed and matched for warm and cooler weather, plus a dress or two that could be worn on a daily basis or to church, and shoes that worked for everything. Add a jacket, and done!

And then for Ella.I’ve noticed that my girls look good in very different things. I originally was trying to get a lot of matching stuff for them, but eventually ended up with almost entirely unique sets of clothing for them this summer (I also went with a lot of navy and red because those are colors both of my girls look good in, so Ani can wear Ella’s clothes in another year or two).

10. Printed flip-flops 11. Striped Flutter Sleeve Top 12. Metallic high-top sandals

I love the attention-to-detail on so many of their clothing (like the gathered sleeves on their t-shirts) and how CUTE it all is.
(And I bought these items a few weeks ago and they’ve already added a ton of new and completely darling stuff).


P.S. Old Navy has their baby sale is from May 8 – May 22, with tons of styles for $10 and under for newborns to 5T.
This post is sponsored by Old Navy. But my 15 year love-affair with that store couldn’t be bought. Living near TWO Old Navy stores in North Carolina has pretty much made my life complete. 

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  1. Ah, Utah in May. It hasn't snowed, but it has been chilly. My brother got snow this week (in Jackson Hole). We've just been getting rain, which we always need. And here I am writing a blog comment about the weather on a post about clothes. Example #2,426 of how boring I am.

  2. You are right about our crazy Utah weather! That is how I justify owning so many little girl's clothes, so that we are prepared for all possibilities!

  3. I love Ella's blue dress! I had to click through and look at it more closely. Definitely saving that idea in my brain for when Jubilee needs something new. Thanks for sharing!

  4. So adorable! I have three boys. My fourth was a girl and she just turned one. Dressing her is so much fun. I have to keep myself from ordering it all.

  5. I would like to wear all the things you have chosen for Ella especially the printed flip-flops. Why aren't you my mom?

  6. Oh fun! They look so cute. And yes, dang that unpredictable Utah weather. My kitchen window looks straight out to Mt Olympus and even on the best days I can still see snow on top that keeps collecting. I'm hoping the snow is definitely done, but we still get plenty of very rainy days.

  7. I have an 8 month old and their cotton t-shirt dresses are my absolute favorite here in hot SC. But those denim shorts… might have to go hunting for some this week.

  8. This is so great. When we went on a 4 day 3 night road trip a few weeks ago I needed a post like this! A packing list for kids! I kept searching on Pinterest for something and couldn't find anything good. This is awesome. Now I need one for boys because I have a daughter and a son. Do you know if Merrick has a packing list for her boys? 🙂

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