One to two weeks before the trip
make a note of what will be needed on the trip.
As you gather these items, store them in grocery bag
Provide all family members with
their own case for toothpaste, toothbrush, comb,
shampoo and soap. Trial size babybath works
well in place of bars of soap.
Make a list of like items that
each family member will be responsible for packing.
Have them check off the items as they pack.
(ex. 5 pairs sox, swim suit, jacket ...)
Allow each child to bring a small
bag or games, toys, stuffed animals or other
personal items to make them feel comfortable.
Several months before a trip, find
a few small toys that your child enjoys, but hasn't
played with in a while and pack them away.
Bring these toys with you on your trip for something
'new' to play with. Small toys like the ones found
in happy meals work well with this idea.
You can reduce wrinkles by hanging
up 1 to 2 items inside a plastic dry cleaning bag
before hanging them in your garment bag.
Homes and Gardens presents
the Ultimate Packing Guide.