Hey KS Fans,
Vacation and summer go hand in hand – and one thing that can start your vacation off on the wrong foot is - PACKING for your family.
How frustrating can it be, siting in your hotel room trying to get your kid dressed and you are missing a sock? How many times did all your neat efforts go to waste because the second you needed to find something to wear, it was buried in the suitcase, and all you could do is dig and rummage creating a huge mess till you found it?
Well I happen to come along this fantastic blog www.moneysavingmom.com where the writer had this terrific and really simple – why-didn’t-I-think-of-that- idea for packing your family up, in a way that made life on the road – easy and efficient.
No more frustrated mornings – no more guessing games of whose underwear’s is whose – Family Vacation can be Smooth and Enjoyable for the MOM in the KNOW- she just has to pack like this first!
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How to Have a Successful Road Trip With Young Children:
Be Organized When Packing
by Crystal on June 1, 2011
A few years ago, I stumbled upon the Ziploc bag method of packing for a vacation and it’s revolutionized our organization on trips. It’s so simple that a picture is probably all you need to get how it works, but for those who like specific step-by-step details, here’s how it works for us:
1. Do all the laundry.
Since we only have 6-10 outfits total for each member of our family, if we’re going on a trip longer than a few days, we have to do all the laundry in order to have enough clothes to pack.
2. Lay out an outfit for each child for each day.
As I’m folding the laundry, I make piles of matching outfits for each child for every day that we’ll be gone. I also lay out an extra outfit for each child and a few extra shirts for our child who tends to be messy. In addition, I set aside socks and underwear, as well as pajamas.
3. Roll the clothes for each day and put into a labeled bag.
I label a bag for each day of the week we’ll be gone, plus an extras bag, a socks & underwear bag and a PJ bag. If you have more than three children or your children are older, you may need to have individual bags for each child. Since we just have three young children, we can still fit their outfits into one ziptop bag per day.
4. When traveling, set out the bag of clothes for the next day the night before, along with shoes.
Instead of having to rummage through a suitcase for clothes each morning, just set out the appropriate bag, along with socks, shoes and underwear the night before. It makes getting everyone ready a snap in the mornings!
5. Stick the extras bag in the car or diaper bag to have on hand in case it’s needed.
If there’s a diaper blowout or a spill or other accident, you’re prepared with extra outfits for everyone!
6. Save your bags to re-use for the next trip.
We label the ziptop bags with tape so we can re-use them again and again. We store them in our suitcases to be at-the-ready for our next trip.
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