June is here… and now Summer is officially here as well! Are you and your family traveling? As a family of 5 we often have to start packing many days in advance. If your family is anything like mine.. packing can feel like an Olympic sport. The problem with our packing is it is usually last minute… like right before we are leaving I am still packing lol!
I know you are probably thinking right now… why the heck is this woman giving me tips when she is a last minute packer… well the reason I am doing it is I have a really great way of packing and I usually do not miss a thing! I say usually because the first time in about 2 years I forgot shorts for myself on our last trip to VA.
We are leaving this week for Beaufort SC.. our future retirement home. I can not wait to get back to Beaufort. It is so slow and just makes you feel amazing! In the words of my dad… “It makes you feel like you are actually living”. Okay so back to packing… These are a few of my favorite tips for packing for vacation!
1. Make Lists
I know making lists sounds so elementary but it seriously works. I do not know if you are a computer list maker or a paper list maker. I write everything down on paper. I seriously have lists all over the place. It drives my husband crazy. I make a detailed list for everyone traveling. I read the lists off to my kids and then take my husband’s list and mine to our room. These also go into the suitcases so that on our way home we make sure that everything makes it’s way home.
2. Fold clothes smartly… Work smarter not harder
I am sure you have seen those nifty pictures floating around the internet that show how to fold your clothes…. It seriously works! I mean it! I have been using this style of folding for the last year. I have taught my babies how to do this because it works! It makes insane space and helps with making sure you do not have to have a lot of baggage while traveling. This is a wallet saver because you will not have to pay those pesky overage fees!
3. Check the Weather…
I know this may sound like a no brainier but really check the weather. Nothing sucks more than getting to your destination and freezing your butt off because you packed for warmer weather. I check the weather about 4 days out and then again the day before we leave. It just helps in case last minute weather changes have occurred and you will be able to adjust.
4. Expect the unexpected!
Expect to bring something special home. It does not happen all the time but it doesn’t hurt to make a little extra room just in case. You will thank me later ( I will be here waiting lol) and it will not stress you out for it.
5. Make arrangements for your 4 legged babies
It is ideal to make sure your 4 legged babies are okay when you leave. There are many things to think about while packing and your pets can often be last minute thoughts. If you are boarding your pets, ask what you are allowed to bring. I usually try to bring their favorite blankets and their toys. It helps them to feel a little home while they may be scared. I also make sure they have their little travel bag with food, leashes, bowls, etc. when we travel as a whole family.
I am not saying here that I am reinventing the wheel here… I am however saying that these tips work for my family. I hope that these tips can help you with the stress that often comes from packing and traveling… let me know your favorite tips!
Until next time…