Once school is out for the summer, we get the travel bug! We are lucky enough to be a short drive away from Chicago and a handful of cute, little beach towns, which make for perfect weekend getaways.
1. Start with a plan. Before I pack, I do loads and loads of laundry. We have a rule: don’t wear it this week if you want to take it on vacation! I check the weather, and lay out appropriate outfits for each of the girls, as well as an extra set of clothes (you know how kids are!).
2. Plastic baggies are your best friend. I slide each outfit into a bag, and label it by child and by day. When it’s time to get dressed, they can just pull out their bag. This also saves on space inside your suitcase, since you can really fit a lot into those ZipLock bags, and squeeze them down. Packing cubes are another great option if you have bigger kids, or are packing for yourself! (the ones I’m using here are sold out, but I just bought this set on Amazon and the price cannot be beat!)
3. My continued love of plastic bags. (and shoutout to my mom for this packing/life hack)I always stash an empty shopping bag (or 2) in our suitcases. It’s a great makeshift hamper for wet or dirty clothes.
4. Load the beach bag. If you’re going to a beach location, you’ll be taking a beach bag, so you might as well stock it. I fill ours with a handful of beach toys/bubbles (the Dollar Spot is stocked for summer right now!), beach towels, our favorite sunscreen, and a first aid kit. (You can score this one for free when you buy 3 First Aid products at Target – it has so many pockets!)
5. Toy organization. I am a happier person when everything has a place. Since I always anticipate a rainy day, or a slow morning, it never hurts to pack some activities and inside toys. Small, wire baskets are the perfect portable toy box! Target currently has these in the Dollar Spot! They also work great in the car, to hold travel games and snacks! I always hit the Dollar Spot (are you sensing a trend??), and stock up on the little art sets, pens, notebooks, and little toys. How cute is that felt busy book?
6. Breathe! Traveling with kids is always stressful. But once you get to your destination, you can breathe easily, relax, and make some memories!! It’s a lot of hustle for a vacation, when you have little ones in tow, but it’s always SO worth it!
And if you’re us, step 7 would be: pick the perfect song for the family music video 😉 Happy travels!!
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Great tips, Jenna!
Shanda Clem says
Oh thanks for sharing! We are headed away in a few weeks. The ziplock bags are an awesome idea!
Oh yay! Let me know how it works for you!!
I love the use of ziplocks!!!
Julian Young says
Here are some useful tips for packing and traveling with kids . Try them out on your next road trip! Pack each day in a Ziploc. What size baggies do you use? I’m packing my daughter for 1 week away at summer camp and I believe this would be a great way to pack her outfits.
I use the quart size! My oldest is 6, and all their stuff fits pretty well. Hoodies and shoes go in zipper organizers though!
Caroyln Skradski says
Thanks for sharing! great tips!