There's a lot to be done just before hitting the road again, and Mom is only one person! This is a great opportunity to get the kids involved. They can begin to help packing as early as two or three years old. It's a great chance to practice counting and sorting.
Some packing lists specifically for younger children:
Older children accept responsibility for their wardrobe and road entertainment with these handy packing lists. This is not to say that you shouldn't be checking behind your children, but allow them to pull together the lion's share of their suitcases.
Our children also pack a carry-on bag, with toys and books. They know that we will not tolerate twenty hours of "Are we there yet?" Typically, that carry-on will include a blank copy of the US Map, on which they record our route and the various towns & museums we visit along the way. (This one has states & capitals.) We've found that they're retaining quite a bit of geography from these!
Mom and Dad not only need to pack, but to prepare the house for an extended absence. This checklist provides reminders and gives you the space to write in your own.
Here is one more Mom and Dad's pack list that is more geared to business travel. Any of these packing lists may be printed by clicking on the photo and printing.