Monday, February 11, 2013

How to Pack for a Trip with Kids

This winter we are trying really, really hard to achieve my personal goals of 2013, which include 20 ski days for me (30 for my husband). I've got 12 down, so 8 more days to go and I've achieved it. Hurray! 

Of course, this is only possible if I can pack all 5 of us in an efficient way, and boy oh boy, are ski clothes (really all winter clothes) hard to pack.

Efficient packing for a trip with kids using ebags

Since I've written off air travel this year (although you can see my tips for plane travel with kids here), we are now down to car travel with kids.

These lovely "before" shots show just how unwieldy our previous method of stuff-it-all-into-a-suitcase-and-pray was.

unwieldy duffels

Enter: Amazon (my favorite store of all time) and these awesome eBags Packing Cubes . One for each kid, 2 for each adult, and they make life a million bazillion times easier.

Packing ski clothes into packing cubes to keep everything organized

After each trip I just wash the ski clothes, then repack them into their given cubes. Tada! I'm all packed, right now, as we speak, blog, read  sit here for our next trip.

Any amazing other packing tips I should know about?


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Cassie Bustamante said...

you know what i always make sure to pack? motrin.... road trips with my kids often result in headaches from all the turning around!!!

acasarella said...

Ooh, I'm off to check these out. Thanks for the tip!

Lorri@ReturnToHome said...

Such a great idea! I spend half my vacations searching for clothes in our bags. This is a great solution

Ashley@AttemptsAtDomestication said...

Those little things are amazing! I most certainly need to look into them!

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