Works-For-Me: Packing for a Trip with Kids

I’m not going to tell you all the stuff one needs when one is traveling with children. For one thing, I don’t know all the things you need. Mostly though, I just don’t have the time to write all that, and you would invariably need something I didn’t mention! We have had plenty of chances lately to pack clothes for the kids. We packed for a trip to Delaware, a trip to New York, and an overnight. Two-thirds of those trips never happened due to this weird weather, but the clothing was packed nonetheless.

Gannon’s clothes are getting too big for this, but we’ve got a way of organizing Acadia’s clothes in her duffle. We put each outfit, including top, bottom, socks, and undies, into a gallon-size ziplock bag. We squish out all the extra air till it’s nice and flat(ish) and toss it into the duffle. That makes it easy for her to grab out her own clothes for the day, and it gives us an extra plastic baggie in case she dirties her clothes in a way that requires quarantine. If you are fussy about what clothes will go with which, this is a great method to give you the freedom to delegate the overseeing of the morning getting-dressed.

Something else I try to do when we travel is to pack outfits that are all one color scheme…like with Acadia I’ll pack all blues and reds, with solid pants and print tops, so that everything matches in case I need to cannibalize from another outfit (eww, that was maybe not a good word choice). With Gannon this is somewhat easier, since most of his clothes seem to be orange or denim. I am not sure how this happened, except that once I realized that I like the way he looks in orange I went with it.

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3 Responses to “Works-For-Me: Packing for a Trip with Kids”

  1. April 18, 2007 at 11:32 am

    Thanks for the tip. We are going on a trip next month and I will make sure to do that. I won’t have to worry about my 3 year-old looking like a ragamuffin when we visit relatives because she will always be in matching clothes 🙂

  2. April 18, 2007 at 1:01 pm

    Thanks for the great trip. We’ll be traveling to Florida in a few weeks with three kids 3 and under so this will be a huge help!

  3. April 19, 2007 at 4:38 pm

    I used to do this for my own clothes and had forgotten about it. I need to start doing it with my boys’ clothes! (and you can never have too many available zip-locks on a trip!)

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