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.

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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.Packing 5

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.

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  1. These are such great tips! Packing totally stresses me out and I think it’s because I insist on packing too much and no matter where we go, there’s always a washer and dryer so there’s really no excuse. I’m going to have to packing your way next time! #client

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