Family vacations are among my favorite and most prominent memories as a kid. My parents made a huge effort to take us on vacations and always made time for family time. Looking back, I really appreciate their efforts in creating that kind of childhood for my brothers and me. Sometimes vacations were small, such as a camping trip with extended family. Sometimes they were a bit more extravagant, such as a trip to Disney World. Either way, it shaped me as a person and I am thankful for the time I was able to spend with my parents and brothers.
My husband and I have really tried to make those memories with my children as well, despite our small budget. And through the years, I have learned a few things about packing for vacations that I want to share with you!
Make a Plan
Decide how many days you are going to be gone. Then add an extra outfit. If you are going to be gone for 5 days, lay out 6 outfits. Just this last weekend, we went on a weekend trip to Reno/Sparks, Nevada and we decided to stay one more day. Thankfully, I had packed an extra outfit for the kids (but forgot one for my husband and me). I ended up going to church in my pajamas because they were the only clean clothes I had left! Can you believe that?! Some people wouldn’t be caught dead in a church in their pajamas, but I figured that it was better to be there in pajamas than to not be there at all. So the moral of the story is to plan ahead and pack an extra outfit.
Also with kids, I always pack extra underwear, because sometimes they are just too busy playing to realize just how badly they needed to go to the bathroom. And who can blame them?! Being a kid is fun!
My #1 Tip for Packing Kids Clothes
As a seasoned traveler with my children over the years, I’ve discovered that pre-planning outfits is a significant time-saver during vacations. This applies not only to Disney trips but to every vacation. For instance, when you know that you’ll be sailing with your kids in Canada, having specific clothing recommendations in mind, which you might have read online, eliminates the hassle and the risk of forgetfulness.
For similar reasons, I always pack complete outfits, including shirts, pants, underwear, socks, and so on, together. I came across a tip on Pinterest more than six years ago suggesting the use of Ziploc bags organized by day, although I can’t locate the original source to give credit. Regardless, I’ve been using this method for years, and it greatly reduces the stress of morning chaos while rushing to make it to the hotel breakfast on time.
What to Pack Kids’ Outfits In
In the past, I’ve primarily used Ziploc bags to organize my children’s clothing. Recently, I came across some fantastic bags on AliExpress that serve the same purpose but offer more space, which is especially useful as my kids are growing. Additionally, I decided to enhance the organization by affixing labels made of Permanent Vinyl, denoting the days of the week, onto these bags. This labeling system greatly simplifies the process for my kids, allowing them to easily locate their outfits based on the day of the week.
Packing Girls’ Jewelry
Perhaps it’s a tad unconventional, but I genuinely make an effort to ensure my children look exceptionally adorable during our vacations (excluding camping adventures, naturally). As we invariably snap a multitude of photos, I desire to capture them at their finest. That’s why I consistently include jewelry and hairbows for my daughter in our travel essentials. While she doesn’t wear these on a daily basis, I make sure she adorns them during our vacation days. I neatly tuck her hairbows and necklaces alongside each daily outfit. However, when it comes to earrings, I’m cautious about misplacing them or having them puncture through our bags. To solve this, I found a charming bead organizer in the jewelry section at Michael’s to keep her earrings organized. You can easily arrange them according to the days or even sort them by color! I also believe it’s a brilliant idea to stow away small necklaces here.
I hope you find my tip on organizing children’s outfits by day useful for staying well-prepared on your next family getaway. Wishing you a fantastic day, and thank you for visiting my website! If you’re interested in more packing advice, don’t forget to explore my other posts on organizing your suitcase and creating a well-ordered toiletry bag. Feel free to save the images below for future reference!