1. Make a list-
Make a list for each child, yourself, and anyone else you are packing for
Think of each situation you might be in on the trip and write down items needed for that.
Try using an app that stores lists and more. Packing Pro is my personal favorite.
2. Use a folder for documents-
Label a manilla folder or pocket folder for documents. This is your travel folder now.
Keep boarding passes, itineraries, hotel information, car rental information and so on. Staple any business cards to the inside of the folder.
3. Use resealable bags-
Use these bags for kids outfits, small items, accessories, liquids, etc.
Bring extra ones for wet items.
4. Start packing early-
Get your suitcase out about a week ahead of time. Slowly add things that you want to take. Just toss them in the suitcase-you will organize and pack it later.
Do the same for kids and teach them this trick.
5. Day before travel-
Make sure the following things get done a day or two before you travel:
Empty dishwasher and washing machine
Unplug small appliances
Print boarding passes and other documents
Get cash and gas up car if driving
Toss out or give away perishable foods that will go bad while you’re gone
Pack carryon including snacks, chargers, magazines/book, games, etc.
Organize and pack suitcase. Weigh it if you can to make sure you stay under the 50 pound weight limit.