Now that we have small children, I find it helpful to make a list of all we will need that I should pack when preparing for a vacation.  Then, I actually pack the list in the suitcase.  When our vacation is over, and we are packing up, I use the list to make sure we haven’t forgotten anything.

Considering we are still bringing a lot of our own baby gear with us when we travel and my daughter has a stuffed lamb she can’t sleep without, making sure we remember to bring everything back home is essential.