Suitcase Packing

The Suitcase Packing relay race is one of the fun summer and outdoor games for kids.

It's great - especially if you live somewhere where there's snow in the winter months!

If you only have good suitcases that you don't want scruffed up on the ground, you can use brown paper bags.

Or use shopping bags.

Make sure the clothes are older clothes and not your Sunday best!

They'll be on the ground, so make sure to wash them after the kids are done playing!

Clothes must be packed somewhat neatly.

They don't have to be perfect, but players aren't allowed to just shove the clothes in the suitcases.

No clothes should be sticking out of the case.

If they are, the player needs to stop and put them in correctly. Which will slow down that team for sure!


6 or more players
Ages 8 and up
Need: 2 suitcases, various clothes, chalk or sticks for making lines


Begin by making starting and finish lines 40 feet apart.

Then divide the players up into 2 teams with an equal number of players.

Players line up behind the starting line. Folded clothes are put into 2 suitcases.

There should be the same number of similar items in each team's suitcase.

The suitcases are placed beside the first players in line. Unpack them and place the clothes beside the suitcases.

After, "One, two, three, "GO!" the first players repack the suitcase, close it and carry it, running, to the finish line.

They turn around, race back to the starting line, cross it, and then unpack the suitcase.

Player # 2 repacks it, then runs to the finish line, turns around, crosses the starting line and unpacks the suitcase.

Play continues until one team has completed the relay race and wins.

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