Pack children's rooms last if they are still small. Having the
security of their routine until the very end will make the transition go more smoothly.
Give older children (ages 5 and up) extra time to pack their rooms with you. Packing up is a
good time to talk about things they might be worried or feel sad about - leaving friends,
school, a home they've always lived in, and facing a new school and strangers. Understanding
feelings and offering your reassurance will ease the transition for them.
Allow them to select some items to take with them in the car or in their carry-on bag.
Most children's toys are fairly durable and can go in boxes with some wadded newsprint or
extra clothes to fill in spaces.
Breakable toys like models or porcelain dolls can be wrapped in extra clothes and packed in
While the children are packing, ask them to think about where they'd like things to go in
their new rooms.
Make sure you drain water from squirt guns and seal paints and other safe but messy
materials in resealable bags or containers. Pack them together in a box lined with a plastic
Have your children seal the boxes and write their names or put their favorite stickers on