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!
This post is linked to Tuesday Tip Jar and Works for Me Wednesday.
I love this idea!
That is an awesome tip! I’ll have to keep it in mind.
I agree, that is quite a smart tip. I’m glad I read this! Thanks for sharing 🙂
Paula @ Organizing Tips For Moms says
Great idea, saves lots of time getting ready in the morning. Have a great vacation!
Love this idea. Wish it would work with my teen boys. =) but I know it will work with my daughter.
I’ve just been dealing with the jumbled up suitcase for my girls…what a great idea you have shared! I’m so doing that next time.
Donna S says
I do this too. I started to save those nice plastic zip packaging that curtains come in (or sheets) to use just for this! It makes everything so much easier!
Heidi @ Blue Eyed Blessings says
Gotta keep this tip tucked away for our first big family vacation. Great idea!
One thing we do is to pack the entire family's clothes for a day in one bag. We just take that bag into the hotel. We also have a separate bag for toiletries & PJ's. I just mark the outside of the bag with the day. We put our dirty clothes back in the bag the clean ones came out of and it's all ready for laundry at home. It works great for corss country road trips!