Although I’m used to it by now, packing for six people for a trip is a PROCESS. Partly because it’s just a lot of stuff to bring, and partly because I tend to overcomplicate things; I am a little OCD, a little anal-retentive, and so I cannot just throw stuff in a suitcase and call it a day.
I like to think my organization pays off in the end.
I also always involve the kids in the process, for three reasons: 1) it’s a lot of work and I don’t feel like doing it by myself because it’s really not that fun, 2) they can’t complain about what they have packed if they helped pack it, and 3) eventually they’ll be able to pack themselves without my help because they’ve done it so many times. (Although Bridget is 11 and we’re not quite there yet, so I’m not sure when this will actually happen. That could also be because I am a control freak though.)
Here‘s a detailed description of how we pack! It’s a system that has worked for us for years — it works with 2-yr olds and it works with 11-yr olds.
This trip is a little easier to pack for than normal. Because we’re going somewhere where the weather is so much warmer than it is in England, the clothes going into the suitcases are not at all the clothes we need to be wearing in the week leading up to the trip.
And here are some more great packing trips from two of my favorite blogs —
And here are my tips for making travel a bit easier–all of these will come in handy for this particular trip!
Do you have any packing or traveling advice?
Also, do you have separation anxiety when you travel without your kids?