Every year around this time we get a little tired of Utah winter and are ready for some sun! And that means travel! Whether you head out on a nearby road trip or take a bigger getaway, February seems to be the beginning of all the spring + summer trips to come! With an upcoming trip for us, today I thought I would do a little rewind and share this video with my secret to simplifying packing your kids! I promise these 6 simple packing tips will save you time, money, and sanity within your travel life!!
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Now that you’ve had a chance to check out how we simplify packing and how easy it is, I’ve broken down the 6 tips for you below!
#1 : TRAVEL IN YOUR HEAVIVEST/BULKIEST ITEMS
When it comes to saving room and packing efficiently, this is a make or break. Have your little people wear their biggest, bulkiest items on their body, so those pieces aren’t taking up their whole suitcase. If you are going somewhere cooler, have them wear their jacket, sweatshirt, or cardigan. Jeans take up more space than shorts and leggings, so consider that as well. This way, you aren’t taking up the majority of your space with a coat, but you will still be prepared for weather conditions.
#2 : LIMIT SHOES TO ONE PAIR
If at all possible, we limit our shoes to 1 pair per child. Shoes are SO bulky and when you times it by 5 little people, it adds up FAST. When I make a list of what to pack, I try to consider all the activities/events during the trip. From there I will pick a pair that is versatile enough to wear for all if possible. Something comfortable that can be dressed up or down (as you’ll see on the video). If you do have to pack an additional pair, try to make it as slim as possible. A helpful tip is to face the bottoms in and wrap an elastic around them to keep from getting your other clothes dirty.
#3 : PICK PIECES YOU CAN MIX AND MATCH
When planning your outfits, always go for pieces that you can mix and match. Grab a pair of leggings that can go with 3 different shirts or one dress that goes with multiple leggings. That way you aren’t packing a completely new outfit for every day, saving on how much you are bringing. For Harper + Hayden, I try to pick one bow that goes with all the outfits too.
#4 : ROLL YOUR CLOTHES BY OUTFIT
Now that you’ve picked out their outfits, comes the most important step. Rollllll their clothes by outfit, including underwear, socks, + accessories. Not only does this save a TON of space compared to folding, it also saves on a huge mess. When morning rolls around, you can have your little people go to the suitcase and grab their outfit for the day without messing up the entire bag, because it is all in one convenient place.
#5 : ORGANIZE USING PACKING CUBES
Now that you’ve got them rolled up, organize using packing cubes. If you are going on a quick trip, you could even just use the packing cubes in one bag for all your kids! They are amazing!!
#6 : ONLY PACK ENOUGH DIAPERS FOR ONE DAY
If you are traveling with a baby, this is huge! Diapers take up SO MUCH SPACE! Don’t waste a whole suitcase on diapers, ESPECIALLY if you are flying. My tip is to just pack enough diapers for the first day. That gets you to your destination and enough time to get settled. Then buy enough to cover you for the rest of the trip while you are there.
I hope these tips and tricks help save you space and sanity as you pack for your next family trip!! I’d love to hear your favorite go-to packing tricks too!
photos + video : aubrey taiese