I love holidays, but I HATE packing! All the lists, all the decisions, all the what ifs, and especially all the OMG what have I forgottens!
So here’s the problem….things have changed since you only had to pack for you and possibly your significant other….travelling as a family and having to pack for a small army is a whole other ball game and seriously stressful (let’s not even talk about the unpacking which I loathe even more) and then when you have to add mobility issues in the mix as we have in our family with my mum well then…things can really start to get complicated!
So here’s what I’m wondering….is there a way to make packing less stressful? I’m definitely hoping so! That’s why I reached out to the blogging community to find out what everyone’s top packing tips as part of Fenetic Wellbeing’s #FoldAndGo campaign. I’m really hoping these are going to help ease my packing anxiety (and hopefully yours too!) this year:
Make use of click and collect
If you’re staying in the U.K. do a click and collect food order! Saves so much space in the car. – Dear Bear and Beany
Teach the kids to pack their own
As soon as they are old enough get your kids to help. My boys now love packing their own suitcases – such a help. – My Boys Club
Take a mini ‘capsule wardrobe’ for everyone! That way you can have multiple outfit changes with minimum items of clothing! – Refined Prose
A list is a must! Tick off as you go along. Also take plastic bags for your shower gel etc so if they leak it’s contained and take another plastic bag for your dirty washing etc. – Island Living 365
Bag it up
Put outfits for each day in a sandwich bag . This means you won’t over back as you have exactly what you need – Beauties And The Bibs
An old Girl Guide trick – roll your clothes instead of folding them. Everything seems more compact and there’s no crease marks when you unpack! – Five Little Doves
Be smart with child seats
If you’re going abroad and taking child seats. Buy the isSafe car seat bags which are huge for the plane and stuff them with all sorts! I always put shoes, towels, wipes etc in them which frees up your luggage allowance! – Hello Baby Blog
Stop the leakages
Put all of your sunscreen/ body wash / shampoo in sealable bags – saves leakages all over your nice clothes. And try to put them in yours shoes / trainers- helps to protect them. –
Your kingdom for a rucksack
Have a good and comfortable rucksack! It makes such a difference to shoulder bags and leaves both hands free. Make sure essentials such as water, snacks & sunscreen are at the top of a bag for easy access/instant distraction. – Our Seaside Baby
Use packing cubes in your suitcases to pack your clothes. I only discovered them recently and they save so much space and keep everything organised.- Bump to Baby
Be security savvy
In order to get through security quicker keep your electronics on the top so they’re easy to grab and pre-pack your toiletries into clear plastic bags. The same goes for any baby food/milk you might be carrying as they will want to check that, too. – Scandi Mummy
Overestimate the underwear
Take more underwear than you think you’ll need. I have no idea why but we always seem to run out by the last day. – Me Him The Dog and Baby
Scoop things up in a shopper
Take a foldable shopper bag. This is great for carrying snacks you buy in duty free or for helping you once you’ve got through security. If you have kids, getting through security can be so stressful. There is lots of things to pack away at the end. Using a shopper bag, you can quickly unfold it, grab all of your things and move to a quieter location to put it all away again. – Life Unexpected
Mix it up
Mix your packing up. Make sure there are clothes and bits for everyone in each of your cases. That way if a bag gets lost you still have enough in one case to get by until your lost baggage turns up. – Mamas Travel Tribe
It’s all in the template
Write a standard list for all the items that you always needs, and usually forget in m case (!) on your PC and keep it, so that every time you go away you don’t have to write a new damn list! We do the same for a standard first shop when we get to where we are going if we are self catering. So your standard list might include different things depending on your kids age but nappies, comfort toy, bottles, sterilizers, muslins, etc. – Kiddy Charts
And finally….go foldable!
If you’re travelling with someone with mobility issues then it’s well worth looking into getting an electric folding wheelchair for your travels. These are not only super portable and convenient (and space saving!) but also ensure ease and independence when travelling for any family member who have mobility issues. – Motherhood: The Real Deal
Wow I don’t know about you but I’m ready to bop my packing anxiety on the head with tips – I’m really hoping they will contribute towards having a stress free holiday or two over the coming months.
What do you think of the tips above? Or perhaps you have some of your own to share? Do leave a comment below and may the packing force be with you!
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