Here we go, vacation time! This week, the family and I are embarking on our last trip before the school year starts. We are headed up to San Francisco. Each time we come here is always different. The kids are a little bit older now since the last time we were here which means new adventures. Going for a total of 5 days, packing for a family of 4 became a bit overwhelming, so I’ve come up with a list of things to ease your packing woes that I’ve learned from over time.
1. Pack light: Don’t pack complicated outfits for you and especially for your kids. Their normal schedule is being interrupted, so the last thing you want to worry about is pairing the right shoes with the outfit. Instead pack easy, simple clothes that you know will be comfortable.
2. Separate by outfit: I like to fold each outfit and separate them by each day’s outfit. This makes reaching for it fast and easy, grabbing in and out of the bag without causing a mess.
3. Work as a team: Setting certain task for each person takes the pressure from worrying about everything. I used to put all the responsibility on me to get everybody and everything ready for each trip that I would be so exhausted making for a miserable first day of vacation. Now, my husband and I designate which tasks we will be in charge of making for a better time, feeling calm and ready to start the vacation.
Getting away with the family is always a special time we look forward to. As the kids get older, packing and such does get easier, but is still an exhausting task. These are a few of the key points I’ve learned through trial and error that have made things a little easier along the way.