most aggravating parts of travel and vacations. I typically try to pack in ways that will help me out and be efficient for packing and traveling.
Right now, we are packing for a trip to a week long conference in Orlando for wounded veterans and their families. We are fortunate to have this experience and I'm so excited that I can hardly contain myself!
Here are a few of my tips:
- Start packing a few days early for some items that you won't need until travel.
- I pack underwear, pajamas, socks, and bathing suits first (yes, I'm packing swimwear for a December trip to Florida because it is 80 degrees and pools are heated)
- Next, I pack non perishable food items in a separate bag that is easily accessible in the vehicle.
- I pack things like peanut butter and bread, gummy snacks, dried fruit, bottled water and drinks, applesauce, and perhaps oatmeal, cereal, and other easy snacks.
- Then, I pack meds in a container that I can easily get to. I typically keep meds together in a clear box with lid so they travel well.
- I get the kids to pick a couple of toys, books, and coloring activity items to carry along. This cuts down on the impulsive buys of unnecessary theme park purchases.
- Example: pack princess gear for girls or swords and pirate stuff for boys or take a couple favorite plush items for snuggling
- Pack items like Disney Pins, Vinylmations, MagicBands, lanyards, cameras, camcorders, and any other items you need to take to the parks.
- Lastly, I pack the bulk of our bags
- Add clothes and also pack hygiene bags
- I usually forget a few things like phone chargers, sunglasses or computer/iPad chargers, a pair of shoes, etc and leave a tote bag handy to toss those items in at the last minute.
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