Vacation is approaching and you begin to wonder how you will pack your belongings but also pack for your children. Take a deep breath. Thinking about packing is worse than actually doing it. I am constantly in a state of packing and unpacking as we travel so frequently with our two children. Here are useful tips to help you on your way and to give you the confidence to get the packing done.
Make a list
You make an organized list of items on the computer and use it as a check-off list. This works well as you can use it over and over again. However, you can also keep a simple list of things that come to your mind throughout the day. Create a draft on your email and keep adding to it.
Check the weather
Look at the high and low temperatures for destination. Packing 5 sweatshirts for Hawaii doesn’t make sense when it’s still going to be 80 degrees at 8pm. Check the weather a final time before putting the clothes in the bags.
Lay all items out first
Put everything out on the bed before you pack it. This gives you an overview. Next, start removing items that you do not need or things that you have multiples. Putting the clothes in the bag should be one of the last things you do.
Plan to do laundry?
In order to cut down on the number of clothes, bring a travel laundry detergent bottle with you or book an apartment that has a washer and dryer in the unit.
Diapers: To pack or to buy
If you are visiting a family member, order the diapers ahead and have them shipped directly to their house. If not, pack diapers. Diapers don’t add much weight to a checked bag and then you have space for souvenirs on the way back. You have everything you need with you and don’t need to worry about finding a store when you arrive.
Pack clothes in your carry-on
Accidents happen while flying so it’s great to have extra clothes accessible for everyone in the family. In addition, if your luggage is delayed getting to your destination, you’ll have clean clothes to wear. Going to a tropical location? Make sure to pack your bathing suits in your carry-on too!
Can you carry everything?
Make sure you can carry or roll all your bags between you and your husband. If you have 5 roller bags plus pushing a stroller, it’s not possible to carry it all.
Count your bags
Before leaving for the airport, count your bags. After you check-in your bags, count what’s left. It’s important to be able to do a quick count as there is a lot going on.
FreshCruiser Tip: Always pack your valuable items, including your son or daughter's favorite stuffed animal or blankie, in your carry on.