I’m going to pass the secret to packing that I got from my grandma. She was the mother of 9 so she knew what she was doing. Nice, tidy, little rolls of clothing. Everything you need to wear for one day in a roll.
I make these clothing rolls not only because they are convenient but they are compact, they keep clothes surprisingly wrinkle free and easily accessible. I don’t know about your kids but if I were to fold their clothes and put them neatly in a suitcase, it would end up a big ball of crazy only a day into the trip. This keeps that from happening.
Clothing rolls consist of everything you need to put on your body for that day. Pants, shirt, undies, socks. Lay the pants out, place the shirt on top, add the undies and socks at the top and start rolling. Keep it nice and tight. Make a roll for every day that you will be gone. Some days I skip the pants and just make a shirt/undies/sock roll because we re-wear jeans as long as they aren’t dirty.
We have 3 suitcases and 1 duffel bag for the 6 of us. 1 suitcase for 2 people, each person getting half of a suitcase and a duffel bag for while we’re on the road.
While on the road, I pack just 1 bag for everyone with exactly what we need for the days we’ll be on the road. I can get 3 days worth of clothes for 6 people into 1 medium sized duffel bag. I’m good. I deserve an award. This makes our hotel stay much easier. Only one bag to drag in and out. Dirty clothes go in one large garbage bag.
Now repacking to go home is a different matter entirely. The dirty clothes bag gets stuffed into one or two empty suitcases and any remaining clean close goes in the last suitcase or duffel bag. Unpacking is no fun. I’d much rather pack for a trip than unpack. We’ve been home 5 days and I still haven’t unpacked our bags from the last trip.
Do you have any packing tips? Share in the comments!