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Four Tips To Keep Packing Simple


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Four Tips To Keep Packing Simple

 
If you’re a mom, packing for a vacation or weekend trip is not always the easiest thing to do. I  know when I’m packing I am always thinking about the 100 other things I could be doing with my time. However, there are some things I’ve learned to do that help make packing a little easier on this mama.
 
Pack in Spurts
 
Instead of packing the last minute I’ve learned to pack in spurts. Whenever I know I’m going to have about ten minutes I will do a little packing. And let’s be honest—I’ve packed so many times I do not really even need a packing list. I generally know what each boy (and husband) needs, so I can do it pretty easily. It’s the “doing” part that takes some motivation. 
 
Keep it Simple
 
Have you ever seen some people pack and it looks like they’re moving to their destination? I have to say that keeping it simple has been one of the best decisions I’ve made. I realize that my kids do not need 20 outfits each when we are heading on a week’s trip. Instead, I try and keep it as simple as possible. I even leave the shampoo behind and use the hotel’s shampoo. Believe it or not that takes some stress off me and even saves me some room.
 
Wash and Pack
 
I think this is one of my more brilliant tips. I wait until a few days until we have to leave. Notice I’m not waiting last minute. I start washing the dirty clothes of the family and pack as the laundry gets done. This saves me a major step because I’m not putting away laundry and then packing. I can just wash the laundry and then pack it straight into our suitcases.
 
A Sturdy Suitcase
 
If I could pack all of our stuff into one piece of luggage I could. Up until I started using Atlantic Luggage I would have about a million and one “bags” with all of our things. We each have a Compass 2 suitcase and I’m not kidding when I say it’s a life saver. I’m really not one to really talk up my suitcase, but Atlantic Luggage totally has my bragging rights. 
 
 
If you’re heading out on a vacation with your family, then it’s wise to invest in a suitcase that is versatile, affordable, and lightweight. As a mom—I do not want to be lugging around everyone’s luggage, plus mine. With this lightweight piece of luggage everyone can wheel around their own luggage and I still have a back at the end of the trip. And we all know one of the little ones will have to be carried at some point, so having a rolling style luggage has helped us a lot.
 
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Comments

  1. 21

    This post came in perfect timing… thanks for sharing your awesome tips. We are preparing for our Summer Vacation to Germany and will start packing next week… This will come in handy…

  2. 20
    Amy Desrosiers says:

    Nice luggage! After walking what seemed like miles at the airport recently, I cannot believe that luggages had no wheels even 10 years ago!!

  3. 19
    Liz Mays says:

    That’s pretty smart to pack right from the washer/dryer. I need to do that to save time.

  4. 18
    Debi says:

    Having kids has taught me how to pack lighter and easier. But I need a better suitcase.

  5. 17

    Tough choice. I’m within hours of DC but haven’t been in a gazillion years. Still, I’d probably choose LA.

  6. 16

    Great tips and a fantastic contest! i think I’d go to Europe!

  7. 15
    Carlee C says:

    These are excellent tips. I especially like the “Wash and Pack”, that is really efficient and saves you having to do twice the work.

  8. 14

    I actually do laundry and pack at the same time, great tip. It really makes things easier.

  9. 13
    Aimee Smith says:

    That wash and pack tip is genius! I pack my kids outfits into ziplocs, no digging for socks or unders! It saves me a ton of stress!

  10. 12

    I love idea of packing in spurts. I tend to wait until the last minute.

  11. 11
    kristin says:

    Wow those are great trips!!! I really want to plan a vacation!

  12. 10

    i actually do all those steps! I first start with a list. Brainstorm. Write out all that needs to be packed. It is usually in 2 columns too….pack now..and last minute.
    Then I pack all fo the pack now items.
    I also use the pack after washing laundry trick. It’s really nice.
    Then before we leave; I put together all the last minute stuff. And since I wrote it all down; I don’t have to worry about forgetting anything. I just go down the list and grab it all and throw it in.

  13. 9

    sounds wonderful, I so could use a vacation right now!

  14. 8
    Pam says:

    Great tips, especially the Wash and Pack one! I haven’t ever thought to do that.

  15. 7

    These are all great tips, not just for moms but for everyone to use! I especially like the one about doing the laundry a few days before leaving. Great idea :)

  16. 6
    MommaDJane says:

    On our last cruise we were actually able to wash some of our clothes during our down time. It made coming home and unpacking so much easier. Great tips!

  17. 5
    Dawn Lopez says:

    Ooh I love these tips! I am going on a short visit to Tennessee in a couple of weeks, these tips will surely come in handy! Thanks!

  18. 4

    I am a horrid packer, so thanks for the tips! I always overpack. And if I pack TOO soon, then I redo it over and over. It’s a mess. lol

  19. 3

    I think the wash and pack is brilliant too. It took me some time, but eventually I learned to pack light and the best reward is Unpacking only a few things :) Great tips!

  20. 2
    Janice says:

    Great tips. I really need new suitcases. Lots of travel coming up I hope!

  21. 1

    Those are all great tips. I always start my packing with a list and then go from there….one person at a time.

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