A family trip is something the whole family should look forward to. It’s a chance for everyone to get together, do unordinary activities together, and enjoy spending time with each other. Still, for everything to run smoothly and to avoid possible issues during the trip, you need to organize everything before you set off. Packing baggage is one of the activities most moms need to deal with, and it can cause some stress for those inexperienced.
You need to find a way to pack what’s essential and still ensure you’ve got everything you and the rest of the family needs. It might sound a bit overwhelming, but all you actually need is some guidance. The guide below will help you pack the bags for the whole family with no trouble at all.
Let’s break it down and see what you need to do, step by step.
1. Clothes: Pack The Essential
Clothes are always the number one priority when packing baggage for a family trip. It’s also what makes us overpack, stuff our suitcases and start complaining about how there’s no room for anything else.
To ensure you’ve got everybody covered, make sure you pack just the essential clothes. Consider the weather you’ll be having during your trip.
In most cases, you’ll need:
- A T-shirt per day
- Two pairs of pants the most
- One PJ per person
- One sweatshirt
Remember you can always use the local laundry room at your destination. So, if the family trip is going to last a bit longer, instead of packing the whole wardrobe, plan on washing the clothes you’ve packed.
This will spare you the room, and you’ll feel less anxious.
2. Underwear: Double it up
You never know what can happen during a family trip.
Since clean underwear is extremely important for personal hygiene, don’t spare room by cutting it down in this sector.
After all, underwear is easy to fold and takes up a rather small amount of space in your suitcases.
Therefore, make sure you pack:
- Double the amount of panties
- Double the amount of socks
This will keep everyone clean and safe.
3. Medications: Think Ahead
As a mom, you know each member of your family to the bone. That means you already know what type of health issues or problems they might experience during a trip.
Pack the medication you might need for each family member, to remove issues such as:
- Feeling sick
- Menstrual pain
Melanie Sovann, a travel blogger and a writer for TrustMyPaper agrees: “Make sure you’ve packed the medication your family members might be needing. You never know if you’ll be able to buy them during your trip. It’s better to be safe than sorry”.
Therefore, make sure you create a small family pharmacy and bring it on your trip to avoid unpleasant moments and keep everyone healthy.
4. Shoes: Pack Wisely
Shoes can be quite a nightmare when it comes to packing.
They’re hard to fit into the room you’ve got left in your suitcase and can take up a lot of space. This is why you need to pack your shoes wisely:
- Two pair per person
Make sure your family members are modest about packing their shoes. Have them choose a pair of everyday shoes, and another pair, depending on the type of your trip: beach slippers, snow boots, formal shoes…
- Pack them separately
If your shoes take up too much space in your suitcases, pack all of them in a separate backpack. This will make the whole process a lot easier for you.
Don’t let your shoes take over your suitcase.
5. Personal Hygiene: Share
Everyone in your family has probably got their shower gels, shampoos, and other personal hygiene products they prefer.
However, if everyone were to pack individual products, there’s no way it would all fit your packing plans. This is why you need to make a deal.
Pack one of the following products for everyone to share:
- Shower gel
- Sun protection cream
- Body lotion
You can buy universal products if they start disagreeing with this idea.
Naturally, pack a toothbrush for each of you and allow your family members to bring their own perfume, deodorant, or personal products they need or feminine products.
“Personal hygiene products can take up a lot of room if you don’t share with one another. Minimize the amount of these products by creating an agreement on using them together” says Estelle Leotard, a tourist guide and an editor at Studicus and WowGrade.
6. Folding & Arranging: Master The Skill
Apart from you having to make wise choices about what to pack, you also need to learn how to pack things properly.
If you just start placing things in your baggage randomly, you’ll end up with a suitcase full of air and no room for everything you need.
This is why you need to master the skill of folding arranging all of your things to fit the suitcase:
- Fold your clothes to make them as thin and compatible as possible
- Imagine your suitcase is a puzzle and you’re putting it together with your things
- Use small stuff to fill in the holes between bigger: underwear, thin T-shirts, bathing suits, personal hygiene products
You can even watch YouTube videos to master this skill, so make sure you’ve got it under your belt before you start packing.
You must stay focused and well-organized during the preparations for your family trip. What you pack is of utmost importance and will keep the whole family, happy, safe, and protected.
Use the advice above to pack like a professional. Follow each step closely, and you’ll have nothing to worry about during your trip.