A vacation from packing is always needed even before the actual vacation takes place. From planning outfits to trying to pack the bare minimum to trying not to over pack, which we end up doing anyways, packing is stressful. Now that I am done packing for our first family vacation with two kids, I will share how I try to keep my sanity through the packing process.
Start During Nap Time…so you don’t have to break open the vacation wine too early.
This is the most important tip. You must plan ahead, even if it is just one day ahead. This will eliminate all confusion as to what to pack and will eliminate any over packing, which everyone regrets once they realize the rear of the car is dragging.
Check Room Gadgets
If staying at a condo of some sort, you want to always check and see what is all in the condo and what it offers on the beach. From coffee maker to DVD players to beach chairs. By planning around what the room already offers, you can be sure to pack everything you will be needing while staying there. And if you are not in a condo with a kitchen, then enjoy your time eating out.
Make A List Before Packing
This tip always helps me for everything I do… Lists lists lists. Every time something comes up in life, I make a list. Just ask my hubby, they are everywhere. I always say, you can never be too organized. By planning a list for each person and their needs, this will ensure you that all items will be available once away from home, if not then find the nearest store. Baby needs diapers, hubby needs shaving cream, toddler needs favorite blanket (I hope the blanket gets lost), and mommy needs wine… 🙂
Make A List While Packing
Making a list while packing will help out for when you walk away from that evil suitcase and come back for the fiftieth time because you are ready to scream and catch it on fire…this lists helps you start back at where you ran off at. No one wants to guess at what they packed and no one wants to unpack to figure out what they even put in. Once again, a lists saves some sanity.
Plan Travel Time
Always plan out your travel time according to your daily schedule, especially with a little one. Staying close to schedule will help little ones sanity, and your too. Plan stretch breaks, food breaks, and potty breaks. For little ones, plan feeding breaks so they can be comfortable while feeding and not just in their car seat for six hours straight. This means a six hour trip will turn into an eight hour trip, but for everyone’s sanity, this is perfectly fine. It’s vacation right? And if you are that family that strictly drives the whole way with no stops at all, more power to you…this mom can not do that.
Just because you are on vacation doesn’t mean it is junk food time. Plan ahead (yes another list) healthy snacks for all while traveling. From fruit strips for the toddler to a trail mix blend for the driver, and of course wine for the passenger 😉 Happy bellies makes for a happy car ride. But not too many drinks, then potty breaks double.
Enjoy your family time. This doesn’t need a lists, this simply needs love from all. Enjoy each other and what each day beings. Don’t rush, don’t plan, just go with the flow and make many memories.
Does making lists help in your packing adventure? (I can’t be the only OCD one)