What to Pack for a Trip
Does packing freak you out?
A few years ago, I was lost when I started packing for a trip. I made lists, but then every time we would go somewhere, I would have to make a new list. In between, I would forget items that I thought were crucial the last time.
So, to make my life less crazy, I sat down one day and typed out a compilation of all of the lists that I had saved.
Below is what I have now:
Long pants/long sleeve shirts
FOR THE CAR TRIP
CD/DVD’s for car
Cooler with drinks and water
Charge phones/cell phones
Toys/games for kids
Case of soda
Bags for poop
Bed for the car
TO DO AT HOME BEFORE WE LEAVE
Set sprinkler for garden
Close door to garage
Someone to get mail
Pay bills ahead of time
Close Windows/Patio Door
Turn off air
Look up weather
OTHER: (because there is always something...)
Just having a pre-typed list helps me a lot. I kept it on the computer and alter it as needed, like when kids grew out of diapers or when we got a pet who traveled with us.
I put all my kids names as a header, because some wear glasses, and need those, and some need things (like the baby), that the others do not need.
These lists are pretty generic, but they help me stay organized (and NOT CRAZY!). I am the packer in the house. Some of the older kids help now, which is a HUGE relief. I can give them their list and say, "Go pack this." and they do!
Also, depending upon the length of the trip we are taking, I put numbers in front of the items; ie: "4" shorts when we are going to be gone for 4 days with no washing machine. This way, I know how much to pack.
I love having this system. It is not a hard thing to do, and every time we travel I pull it up, print it out, and make adjustments as needed.
At the bottom I have the "OTHER" category. There is always an "OTHER" item or two, or twelve, that makes the list. You know what I mean. In our case it is always the stuffed animal of the month. We have to bring those, especially if we are overnighting it somewhere. Or, if we go camping. The gear for that is so different than a hotel. Winter and summer vacations are usually opposite clothes as well.
I try to be organized, and mostly fail, but this list has helped me a lot. Enjoy!