The following is a guest post from regular contributor, Rachel at Useful Beautiful Home.
A quick Google search about organizing for vacation took me to dozens of packing & planning tips. From backyard camping to overseas travel and everything in between, I began feeling a little overwhelmed with the organizing possibilities.
Rather than overwhelm you with more to-do tips, I’ll share my 5 favorite travel take-alongs that have proven most helpful and simple in keeping our family organized while traveling.
Yes, it’s the most basic of travel gear possible, but it keeps me on task. I made a customized list in Excel. I also included some common last minute reminders to do before leaving the house (water plants, hold the mail, etc.). I’ve gone as far as to create one for summertime travel and a different one for winter travel. Flip-flops and snow boots aren’t interchangeable. :)
When we’re finished unpacking at home, I print a new copy and tuck it inside the empty suitcase for the next trip. I rely heavily on previously created lists because the less I have to remember while packing the better.
If you don’t want to design your own list, there are plenty of free options. Laura posted her OrgJunkie.com packing list long ago. Click on the link below for her detailed list that organizes up to 6 family members!
CLICK HERE —> I’m an Organizing Junkie FREE Printable Packing List
Before we travel, I also print a packing list meant for children that looks like this…
Recently, I answered an email from a young mama who used my children’s list in the past but was having trouble finding it again. So, I’m including the direct link below as a quick resource for helping children pack themselves.
CLICK HERE —> Vacation Picture Packing List for Children
I try to avoid putting stinky socks & used undies back into my suitcase next to my clean clothes. The alternative is to create a messy pile of dirty laundry on the hotel floor – not my idea of organized.
My answer? Bring along a collapsible mesh hamper to contain all the used clothes until we’re ready to wash a load or pack them up and travel home. It folds flat for easy storage and easy travel.
I found my collapsible hamper at Walmart years ago. I don’t know if they still carry it or not, but I did find something similar on Amazon HERE.
I wrote a little more in depth about it back in May, you can read the details HERE.
Honestly though, any open bag or bin will work to fill with car games, activities, and snacks. My friends just traveled to our house with a large cardboard box that stored their entertainment items and fit perfectly between the car seats. Yes, almost anything will accomplish the same goal, but keeping loose items contained is the key to staying organized.
I go everywhere with my stainless steel water bottle. I’m always trying my best to stay healthily hydrated.
Usually, I avoid plastic bottles. However, I fell in love with these BPA free re-usable water bottles that have their own filtration system inside. They filter unfamiliar tastes and even strong chlorinated smell from tap water, which make them ideal for fill-ups while traveling. This is my favorite take-along to keep us organized on vacation. Whether we’re walking around Disney World or biking along the shoreline, it keeps all of our perishable snacks cold when taking a larger cooler isn’t practical.
It actually holds quite a lot of food & drink, has several divided pockets for important necessities, and wears comfortably. I found it at Target.
How about you? What are your favorite travel take-along traditions to keep your family organized on vacation?
In the professional world, I’m a nurse by trade. But, around our house, I’m known as Mommy to our young daughter. My two worlds collided and began shaping into a blog. Useful Beautiful Home represents the hours I’ve dedicated to managing my household as efficiently as possible. I offer you motivation to keep your home healthy, organized, and welcoming. My goal is to share what I’ve implemented in my home to inspire you with fresh ideas and to encourage you to keep up the good work in yours! Learn more about me HERE or visit me at UsefulBeautifulHome.com.