It’s the first official day of Summer!!! WOO HOO!! In honor of this, last week one of my sweet readers asked me if I would do a little post on how I pack for trips with my kids. Well, I just happened to have been packing last week for a road trip we took to Michigan for a long weekend so I thought I would share some of the things that I do. First let me say, I’m fairly certain that none of this is that mind blowing but I know I love hearing how others pack so hopefully this helps you guys out!
We went to Michigan for a long weekend with the girls to visit my in laws and on Sunday, Dan and I left and the kids stayed! I know, crazy right!! A kid-free week WHATT!!?? Well, the reason for it is because we have a wedding in Michigan this weekend and Dan had to work this week so instead of making two roundtrips the girls only have to make one. So, when I was packing for the kids I was packing for 11 days not the 4 days I was packing for us.
My packing process is pretty basic, I put together outfits for each of the days we are going to be there, I bring enough pajamas for them so that they are wearing each pair twice and then I bring the “other items”, in this case swimsuits, a pair of jeans and a sweatshirt (just in case), socks, underwear and for Aubrey swim diapers and overnight diapers. My sweet mother in law picks up every day diapers and wipes for me so they are waiting for us when we get there.
Madelyn is getting older and has started helping me with this process since she has her own opinion on what she wants to wear. So, together we picked out her outfits and for Aubrey I just picked them out myself. I line up their clothes in my sitting room in my bedroom so they are ready to be put in a suit case. I pack the outfits together as opposed to separating tops and bottoms, mostly so I don’t dirty up a shirt one day that only goes with these other bottoms but also so my in laws would know what goes with what when we left.
Aubrey’s clothes (I’m pretty sure hurricane Aubrey went through this pile too)
After I had everybody’s clothes together I put them in the suitcase, splitting it in half one side for Madelyn’s stuff and the other side for Aubrey’s stuff. Because we were leaving the girls there I wanted to make sure all of their stuff was in one suitcase. If we were flying I would definitely not put all the kids clothes in the same suitcase. One tip I learned from Shay at Mix and Match Mama is to pack your suitcases for the days of your trips. In other words one suitcase would hold each family members outfits and shoes they needed for Days 1 – 3. The next suitcase would hold Days 4 -6, and so forth. It really is a genius idea in case a piece of luggage gets lost you have a suitcase with clothes for each person in the family. I usually try to carry on toiletries to a plane if I can because that is something you really don’t want to lose when flying. If we are going to be in a place where there is no laundry service I like to bring trash bags for dirty clothes or wet clothes so they don’t get the clean clothes dirty.
But, being that this was a road trip to my in laws house those were not issues for us on this trip so piling the girls stuff in one suitcase with their toiletries was fairly easy.
There you have it, my tips for how I pack for a trip with my kids. What are your tips and tricks for packing for trips? Please comment below, would love to hear them!