traveling with little people

We go on vacation in two days, and I’ll just come right out and admit it…I’M A NUTCASE. Glad we got that out of the way before I continue with this post. I start frantically stressing out about 5 days before we leave and my mind won’t stop racing. I somehow make it until 4 days before to start packing. Well, I did this time at least. I’ve been known to pack MUCH farther in advance, but we won’t go into my complete craziness.

I was a little concerned about space for this trip, because there are 4 of us now, and we will have two extra people in our car. So after doing a full day of completely stressing out, I cleaned out my van from top to bottom and rolled up my sleeves and decided I was going to do this if it killed me.

Then I was off to pack. After making a very detailed list of everything I need, I started sorting clothes. I start with the kids first, because somehow they always take up the most space with all their junk. I decided to try a new packing method to help save on space. It drives me crazy how my kids clothes take up SO MUCH SPACE and I always pack for about 87 months when we are only gone for 8 days.


1. Choose an outfit for each day.

2. Seal outfits in individal ziplock bags.

3. Specify child and day on the bag. This is even husband proof…ahem…making vacation easier on mama ;)
(When the girls are a little older I will probably just pack outfits and not assign them to specific days so they can choose what to wear)

4. Be amazed at how much space you just saved!!!!

5. Send me chocolate as a thank you!

(ps. I pack about 4-5 extra outfits because my kids are messy. and seal up the jammies in a bag as well.)


That is 8 DAYS worth of clothes for 2 kids. Yeah, you’re welcome. 


  1. Amanda F says:

    Space Bags! I bought a couple of the travel ones for a plane trip so I could get Callen and I into one suitcase and they are amazing. I got all our clothes plus baby food, formula, and toys in one (large) suitcase for 4 days (plus some extras). I don’t know how I ever packed without these before! The clothes took up a fraction of the room, the rest was everything else.

  2. I hate packing! Will have to try this for future vacations :-)

    Have fun on your trip!

  3. I love ziploc bags. They make everything easier. We took Andrew on a trip when he was a tiny baby, and I forgot to bring clothes for MYSELF – oops! But he was dressed to the nines. lol!

  4. Great idea! We do this when we fly and it makes all the difference. We need all the space we can get since they make you weight your bags and we can only check two for free! Have fun on your vaca & be safe!

  5. Great tips! Love that you put them in ziplock bags so you can find them easily and shirt and pants/shorts are together. Genius!

  6. I love these tips! Definitely simplifies things… we just traveled and with three littles, it ended up all a mess by the end.
    would love for you to link up at our heart&home community on!

    and we can’t wait to feature your home story TOMORROW! :)

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