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School is out and summer is finally here! As you navigate through finding camps and childcare for the season, there may be a few weeks without either, and the best solution is to escape town for a while. Whether you’re flying or driving, staying organized while traveling will ensure a smoother experience for everyone involved.
When I plan a trip, I always aim for it to be easier than being at home. However, when you have young kids, that’s not always the case (hence why I refer to them as trips, not vacations). But with effective organization, you can enhance your experience and make it feel less burdensome than being at home!
Determine which weeks or weekends are the most convenient for your family to travel. In our case, we prefer going out of town during the 4th of July and the beginning of August when camps are not in session. Living in Houston, escaping during August is always a great idea because of the scorching heat.
Once you have the travel and activity aspects of the trip organized, it’s time to pack. This is typically the responsibility of moms, and being organized in this area benefits everyone! If your kids are old enough, involve them in the packing process. Currently, my four and six-year-olds pack their bags with a checklist, which I double-check (depending on the trip). For quick weekend getaways, I even let them pack entirely on their own. This way, they gain some independence, and if we forget something, it’s not a big deal.
Regarding clothing, I prefer to pack enough outfits for the entire trip plus an extra set. If we’re traveling somewhere with access to a washing machine, I pack for half the trip’s duration, assuming we’ll do one load of laundry during the stay and rewear outfits. My kids have a capsule wardrobe, so their tops and bottoms can easily be mixed and matched. I don’t mind if their outfits don’t match perfectly, and they’re accustomed to wearing the same clothes each week.
When it comes to packing for myself, I also opt for a mini capsule wardrobe. I select items that can be easily combined, eliminating the need for extensive outfit planning. After doing laundry during the trip, I can mix and match the items to create different looks, so I never feel like I’m wearing the same thing (even though that’s often the case in my everyday life!).
For everyone, it’s essential to pack a bathing suit and a jacket—just in case. As for shoes, try to limit the number of pairs to a maximum of two to save space. And, it’s just easier with less options, for moms and kids.
Before I finish packing, I create a last-minute list of items that we don’t have duplicates of, such as comfort objects and sound machines. I review this list right before we leave to ensure that we haven’t forgotten anything crucial.
Take some time this week to reflect on your summer plans and determine when a trip would be ideal for your family. Just make sure you allocate enough time to stay organized and plan effectively so that everyone can have a fantastic time!
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