Ten Things {That Make Travelling Easier}

I feel like lately we go on a lot of road trips.  I’m not sure if that’s really true or if it just seems like I’m always doing the packing/unpacking thing, but here are a few tips I’ve learned that make travelling a little more manageable.

  • First, if travelling with children (especially girls), packing is a BEATING.  I despise packing as it is, but doing it for the kids is a special ordeal.  You know, all those tiny socks and hair clips and necklaces that they just have to wear with a certain shirt.  Kills me.  So for the last several years I’ve learned to pack each days outfit complete with shoes, accessories, and hair stuff in a ziploc bag.  That way the kids can just pick a bag each day and I don’t have to search for the twenty zillion pieces to the outfit every morning.    photo (38)
  • Pack travel fun bags for the kids.  Anything to keep the “are we there yets” at bay.  Or at least manageable.  I always bring along the girls art packets because they will usually draw for long periods of time. 004
  • Keep a package of baby wipes in the car.  They come in really handy, trust me.  Also, always have a plastic bag you can use for trash.  I don’t know about everyone else, but it seems to breed in our car, so I try to have the girls put it in a sack right away.
  • If there’s even a tiny chance that you’ll need a certain medicine, just make room for it.  I never think to bring anything so I have about twenty bottles of allergy/cold meds that I’ve bought for Madeline because she seems to get sick every time we leave the house.  I HAVE trained myself to pack her nebulizer wherever we go.
  • Save those little travel q-tip cases for packing loose jewelry (especially earrings).  They’re also the perfect size for hair bands, bobby pins, etc.
  • Make a travel pouch for your flat-iron and/or curling iron.  I can’t tell you how many years I hauled my Chi around and had to wait for it to cool off before packing it away.  A bunch of times I ended up carrying it with me because it was still too hot to pack.  You can make a super easy pouch for it by sewing a potholder together.  It literally took about two minutes from start to finish.  Love it.   photo (42)
  • Save sample shampoos/bodywash/etc for travel.  They’re so much easier to pack and can be thrown away before heading home (I guess you could save the bottles for the next trip, but I never do).  I sign up for samples whenever I see them so I don’t have to pack full-size bottles or pay $1 for a tiny bottle of shampoo.
  • Pack clothes that can be mixed & matched instead of entire separate outfits.  It’s a super space saver, especially if you’re flying and have to pay for checked bags.  I’m usually able to pack for all four of us in one suitcase.
  • Pack some of your favorite cd’s so you can drown out the kids.  😉  After so many mommy questions I just crank it up loud enough that I can’t hear them…at least for a few minutes.
  • Bring along your own snacks.  It saves time and money and is usually a healthier choice than stopping on the road.  I whipped up some re-usable snack bags that are easy to fill and re-fill.   (Tutorial coming soon!)   September 2013 037

 

4 thoughts on “Ten Things {That Make Travelling Easier}”

  1. Many times I found myself packing for two adults and six kids for a ten hour road trip to Kansas. Instead of letting the *6* have everything I found for them to play with….. that was neat….I would save those things for the trip. This is a pre-trip-packing fact….but having a note-card for each person really helped. I made out a *car* card and a *house* card, too. I would add things that would have been nice to have and even erased some things! If I knew everything was written down for each person, head to toe, I could pack the day before and know I wasn’t forgetting anything because I got in a frenzy. I loved going on trips with my kids.

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