I love whenever we go on holidays and hubby says - man I need to pack. Well yes you do however the packing task for him is quite a different experience than it is for me. I wonder if your household is the same?
Packing for me, as the mum, means packing not only my items but also everything required for the two kids. On top of this I also need to load hubbies clothes into the actual case - he only makes it as far as putting things out onto the bed and they magically pack themselves…..
So here are my top five tips from years of experience of packing for holidays that may just help you.
Do all the washing before you pack
Instead of focusing on getting clothes out and into the case I instead focus on doing the washing. In the 3-4 days leading up to a big getaway I will have the washing machine on nightly. My plan of attack is to have everything laundered and in the wardrobe ready to be packed before I even think of getting out a case.
Never pack too early
I am absolutely a last minute packer. As per note 1 I like to have all the clothes in their place so I know what is where when it comes to the actual packing task. I have tried packing a week before and I end up taking things in and out of the case all week because I need them and I forget what I have already put in! I like to pack the day before or the morning of. I do it in one quick sweep as everything is in the wardrobes just ready to go.
Pack laundry bags
I have picked up some great calico hotel laundry bags along our travels, you can never pack too many of these they always come in handy on a trip. I pack underwear into the laundry bags so that they are easy to access. If your trip is taking you somewhere you can completely unpack, like a cruise, packing sections of clothes into separated bags helps with the unpacking task at the other end.
Keep a second set of toiletries
I don’t like to take my everyday toiletries when I travel, the containers are generally too large anyway. I keep a complete set of toiletries in a travel bag ready to go. All the items you need every time you travel - toothbrush, toothpaste, deodorant, face wash, body wash, shampoo and conditioner - I have a complete set in a travel bag ready to pick up and go.
Keep a travel medical kit
As with the toiletries I also keep a travel medical kit ready to go. All the essentials including tweezers, bandaids, panadol, hydralite, hand sanitiser, sunscreen, mosquito bracelets, gastro health - in a travel bag, ready to just pack and go.
What are your packing tips - do you have any helpful tips to help fellow travellers?
Penny - Itchy Feet Family
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I often hear people say they put travel plans on hold once they have kids. I have always had the travel bug and was determined that bringing children into the world was not going to mean that I no longer got to explore it.
Travelling with kids is no walk in the park, but there are some simple steps you can take to make sure that both you and your kids enjoy the experience. Here are the three commandments that ITCHY FEET FAMILY always adhere to.
1. Keep Hand Luggage to a Minimum
We have all seen the cute kids backpacks and wheelie cases and think they would be cute for our toddlers. However the reality is that by mid trip you will end up carrying not only your own luggage, but most likely your toddler and that cute spiderman roller case as well.
2. Book Child Friendly Hotels
If you are chasing the sun check the resort has a kids club and a pool. If you as a parent want to relax, a few hours a day of included child care will allow you to schedule adult-only time to balance your holiday.
3. Pace Yourself
Whilst visiting 20 countries in 20 days can be great when you are single, it just does not work with kids. Pace your holiday, pick five destinations and allow for down time when the kids need it.
Penny Reidy, ITCHY FEET FAMILY
Penny, an avid Trip Advisor Reviewer, is the author of ITCHY FEET FAMILY. A family of 4 living in Adelaide, Australia, and taking every opportunity to travel and explore the world.