This is an updated post to include new ideas submitted by readers! This post also contains affiliate links.
Lots of families are gearing up for family vacations this time of year. Vacation packing lists are being created so no vacation essential is forgotten. Shirts, shorts, underwear, sunscreen, swimsuits, shoes, camera…..
But what about the science packing list?
Really! I’m not kidding. Take science supplies on vacation!
Vacations Are Great Times To Learn About Science
Vacations give kids the opportunity to learn about science outside of the textbook and without even realizing it! Plus, exploring and learning as a family makes great memories, too.
I always search for ways to make our family vacations an educational experience while still having fun. We have some favorite places to visit, since my daughter can’t pass up a zoo and I am all about exploring new parks and nature preserves.
Here are some of the places we look for on our trips to add a little science:
Science Vacation Packing List
It’s great to plan out a few fun educational stops on vacation, but I like to be prepared for the unexpected science experiences, too. That’s why I like to pack some science supplies along with my flip flops and suncreen.
So what kind of items go on a science packing list? It kind of depends on where you are going and what your family enjoys doing. Here are the basics to get you started.
- magnifying glass
- Discovery Scope
- nature guide books
- small buckets
- small shovels (I’m thinking for the sandy beaches!)
- insect net
- bug jar
- solar paper
- sketch pad (try this cool waterproof sketch pad for the beach or rainy days)
- proper shoes to protect the feet while exploring
I usually pack all these things in a plastic tub that way they are all together when I need them. No searching through the rest of our vacation supplies to find what we need.
Thanks to everyone who sent me suggestions for the science packing list. Do you have anything to ad?