April 3, 2013

Packing kids luggage for travel

Traveling with kids is a fun and interesting experience for the whole family, but I figured there were a few things I could do to try and make it easier for us. For example, most of the excursions on the boat requires us to meet our tour guide at the pier early in the morning so I thought that instead of rushing around every morning trying to find something for the kids to wear before rushing them off to breakfast, maybe I can adopt one of my summer travel strategies to make life easier.

So for our cruise this year, I organized all their outfits in ziplock packages, two for each day for each kid. For my little girl, a morning bag would contain shorts, shirt, hair stuff and accessories. An evening bag would contain a dress, cardigan, hair clips/headband, necklace and bracelet. For my son, his daytime bag would contain simply a pair of shorts and a t-shirt, whereas his evening bag would contain a dress shirt, tie, dinner jacket and a pair of shorts/pants. The great thing about this system is that if the clothes get wet or stained, I can simply put them back into the ziplock bag where they won’t dirty any of the other outfits, and transport them back home to clean properly. The other great thing is, you bring less stuff with you on the plane because you know exactly what you need before you go. It’s a great system that I wish I had thought of before but am so happy that I’m able to utilize now. Oh, and the bags that I use for the cruise will stay in their suitcase and be reused for camping this summer  and hopefully next year too.

Epic crusing with kids packing list

In the past when I’d pack my kids clothes for camp, I tended to pack way too much stuff and by the third day (for the life of me) I couldn’t make heads or tails of what they’d already worn from what was still clean. It took me a while, but I finally realized that planning ahead made life so much easier. So last year I started making checklists for our excursions and putting their outfits in ziplock bags, and low and behold it made our holidays run much more smoothly.

To take some guess work out of planning your next travel adventure, click here to download my free ‘Cruising with kids’ checklist.

cruising checklist


  1. I use ziplock bags for packing too, especially for shoes. My main method now is to pull everything out that I think I should pack and walk away from it for a day and then remove about half of it. I tend to overpack.

    • I probably still overpack more than I need to but it’s better to have more than you need when you’re travelling with kids rather than find out that you forgot to pack something critical. I also find that making lists helps to minimize how much stuff I end up bringing.

  2. I have a saved list of things to pack also, but mine is so much longer than yours ~ I’m so impressed Char!
    I try to trim my list down every trip, but I’m so afraid of needing something that I don’t have when we’re away. At least now I don’t need to bring diapers anymore, a big space saver!

    • You’re so lucky you don’t have to pack diapers anymore Nancy. I wish my little guy would get interested in potty training; I had to use an entire suitcase for diapers, pull ups, swim diapers and wipes. I would very much like to trim that stuff off my list! 🙂

  3. I keep a typed list of things to pack for us too. Thank you for sharing at the hop, your participation makes the hop extra special. Big Hugs P.S. the new giveaway will be posted tomorrow!

  4. It does pay to be organized, especially when kids are concerned. Your ideas are really great!

  5. sounds like a great plan. I put my kids outfits together, but haven’t used the zip loc bags for each day yet. Maybe I will try one of these days, just afraid they will take up so much room.

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