Being seasoned travelers, we learned through trial and error on how to efficiently get ready for a family vacation! Packing isn’t fun, but if a vacation is on the calendar, it’s a necessity. It is normal to procrastinate, but don’t do it. Last-minute packers are over packers, especially when packing for a family. Read on for our tried-and-true tips for making the task as easy as possible and to reduce the risk on forgetting any essentials.
A week before the trip, stage an out-of-the-way area for pre-packing. As you think of things you’ll need, like sunscreen, ski pants, or energy bars, you can toss them in a box or a space-saving packing cube. Plan to spend 15 minutes a day on a portion of this task. First, do clothes. Make sure to check the 10-day weather forecast for your destination so you can pack accordingly. Lay the clothes out by category on the dining room table: pajamas, tops, bottoms, dresses, hats, and shoes, and double-check to avoid duplication. For moms and kids, bring dresses, shorts/pants and tops that can be worn in different ways by adding an accessory or a different jacket. Don’t bring a different pair of shoes for each outfit. But do pack all elements of each outfit together!