Quick Packing Tips
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I don’t like packing for trips. I realized I was stressing out and it really shouldn’t be that hard. When you’re packing for yourself and three kids you have a lot to remember. I felt like I started packing a week before we left and then I had to unpack because I was always forgetting what I had already put in the suitcase. I made a few changes to speed things up a bit so I could pack a little faster.
Pack while you’re doing laundry– I put my suitcases right near my laundry hampers. While I’m folding clothes, I can throw them in the suitcase. Make sure all the laundry is done and start putting together outfits. Everything is right in front of you.
Keep toiletries packed– I keep my toiletry bag stocked. I keep everything I need when I travel in it: soap, deodorant, face wash, shampoo, toothpaste, etc. I can just grab and go. The only thing I add to it is my glasses.
Pack light– If you’re going away for Thanksgiving or Christmas, you should be able to do laundry. Pack a few outfits and do wash while you’re there. I always end up going back and taking out outfits. My kids still come home with shirts they never wore. When my kids were still in diapers, I usually only packed enough to last a few days, then I would go buy a pack. They take up so much room.
Toys– My kids grab a small drawstring bag and are in charge of their own things. Usually it’s just a book and their kindles, but I put them in charge of that. When they were small, I would pack trains, crayons, paper, stickers, cars, all smaller items.
Keep a separate medicine bag– I always like to carry medicine with me when I travel. I hate to be on vacation or visiting someone and have a headache or my kids start to get a cough. I keep an extra bag with medicine in my suitcase so it’s always packed. I keep Advil, Chapstick, Emergen-C, cough drops, probiotics, thermometer, bandages and antibiotic ointment.
I was low on some things, so I ran out to Walgreens and picked up a few items that needed replenishing. Luckily, everything I needed was in the same aisle! During November you can save up to $15 on participating Pfizer products. It’s a great time to stock up your medicine cabinet or start your own medicine bag for your traveling.
Pick a quick tip and see how much faster you can pack for your next trip. Try creating a new medicine bag or putting clothes in your suitcase instead of in the hamper. What are some of your tips? Safe travels.