Quick Tip: Packing for the Kids

I am a mom to a pair of fashionista princesses. From the hair accessories on the tops of their pretty little heads, to the shoes covering their pretty little toes...getting dressed in our house is a big deal. Needless to say, when it comes to packing their clothes for a trip it is a short trip to crazy town for this poor mama.

On our last trip to Disney World, I tried a new "system" for packing...the Ziplock bag. Each little princesses' outfit (including shirt, shorts, socks, undies, and the required hair bow) was carefully rolled and tucked into a zip top bag. I labeled each bag with the appropriate daughter's name and the day it was to be worn. I pressed out all of the extra air and tossed it into the suitcase. I combined pajamas into one bag and swimsuits into another. One extra bag held additional clean socks and undies.

When we arrived, unpacking the girls' clothes was a piece of cake. I grabbed an armful of baggies and dropped them in the drawer...done! The best part was in the morning when I was trying to get myself ready and out the door, my husband was able to locate the "Monday" outfit for each kid and toss it their way. Everything was already nicely consolidated and coordinated. There was no questioning if Shirt A matched Shorts B, or which bow would be just "perfect". They were dressed in record time and without complaint. By the time they were dressed, I was ready to brush their hair and pop in the bow. No fuss, no muss!

I hope my "fancy" luggage tip comes in handy for your next trip...Disney or othewise. If I were a few sizes smaller, I think I would even go Ziplock myself!

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