In case you missed my many references this week to our upcoming vacation (ha!), I thought I’d share one of my favorite packing tips. Not to confuse things, though – I really dislike packing. I must say, however, that it is so much easier at this stage of life when we’re past carting all the baby gear along!
I first tried this tip several years ago when we took a trip to Disney World and it worked out great. When it comes time to pack clothes for the girls, I gather an entire outfit for one day. When I say “entire outfit” that includes top, bottom, socks, underwear and even matching hair accessory, if we have one. On the outside of a gallon size Ziploc bag, I write the name of the girl the outfit belongs to and the day she will wear it. I place the whole outfit inside the bag and zip it up. Now, when we get up at the hotel on Monday morning, each girl finds the bag with her name and “Monday” written on it and knows exactly what to put on for the day.
Not only does this process make it easy for the girls to get dressed, it also keeps the suitcase looking neat and organized since there’s no rifling through it to find stray socks. Being prepared and organized while on vacation works for me!