Happy Monday, friends! I hope you all had a great weekend! As my family continues to cruise along the Mediterranean, I have a short and sweet post today all about how we packed for our current trip 🙂 .
Disclaimer: I used to pack this way all the time but then…I got spoiled and lazy. Spoiled because we went YEARS without a bag getting delayed/lost and lazy because well, I think this process takes a minute longer. Remember when we packed for China (twice!)? I shared this method. The first few big European cruises with the kids? I packed this way. The last four or five years? Laziness.
Buuuuuut in March when we went to Hawaii, we had luggage that didn’t make the flight and then when we came home from Nantucket last week, we had luggage that didn’t make it back home, so I decided maybe my luck had run out (all the luggage eventually showed up but in one instance, it took almost two days). I didn’t want to risk someone’s luggage not arriving in time for the ship to embark, so I pulled out our suitcases and packed my old way. This is not rocket science, just an easy little way of packing a large family for an extended amount a time with a buffer should a bag (or two) not make it to your final destination.
Here’s what I did:
#1: I pulled out all of the suitcases we were going to use on this trip. This time, we pulled down one suit case per person. Since we’re gone two full weeks, this gave us more than enough room in each bag plus room for any souvenirs/treasures we find and want to bring back. I placed all of our suitcases open on the floor in the living room.
#2: I pulled out all of my trusty packing cubes that we’ve purchased over the years and asked the little girls to sort them by color. We had enough to almost give everyone their own color (I was pink, Andrew was black, etc.).
#3: Then, I took construction paper and cut pieces into strips. I took a set of packing cubes, my construction paper slips and a marker to each person’s room and we started packing by days instead of items (shorts, dresses, swimsuits, etc)…
…here is an example! I took the largest size packing cubes and was able to fit all of the little girls clothes in one for the first three days. I wrote down the specific days and then exactly what I placed in each cube…
…see? And then, I placed the strip of paper on top…
…and zipped it up. I repeated this for the rest of the trip (spreading out things like pjs through the trip as they don’t necessarily need a new pair every day)…
…in the little tiny cubes, I would put one day instead of multiple.
#4: After I had everyone’s stack of “days”, I brought them all downstairs (in my empty laundry baskets) and then divided them up into the six suitcases. Everyone’s Days 1-3 in one suitcase, Days 4-6 in another, etc…
…here is one group all stacked and ready to be distributed. For each of my days, I included my workout clothes (pjs or a swimsuit if it was in the rotation), shorts, top, undies and evening wear.
#5: After all of the packing cubes were distributed between the suitcases, I filled each one with miscellaneous items like sunscreen, shampoo, curling iron, beach bag, etc.
So, instead of everyone having “their suitcase”, we had suitcases for different days of the trip. This way, if a bag would have been delayed or lost, everyone missed 1/6 of their items instead of one person missing every single thing. Plus, instead of opening all of our bags inside our hotel room or stateroom, we only had to open and operate out of one bag. This system also made getting ready in the morning SO FAST for everyone including me. I would open it, pull out my stuff, and bam, I’m dressed for the day!
So, that’s how we packed 🙂 .
I have several packing/travel related posts if you want to go back and re-read a few…
SHAY’S ULTIMATE BEACH TRIP PACKING LIST (with printable list!)
PACKING CUBES REVIEW (where I really break down why I love them so much!)
ADOPTION PACKING LIST
SHAY’S WAYS- 18 KEYS TO PREPPING FOR A TRIP
If you have packing tips/tricks/advice, I would love them! Please comment below for everyone to read. I’m off now for another day of fun. I’ll see you back here on Wednesday 🙂 ! xx