H and I are both going out of town this weekend, for a whole week. Alas, we are not vacationing together. She will be lounging on the beach (my jealousy is past the point of no return) while I am going to Utah. Not that it won't be super glamorous (sarcasm), but it simply not the same as being in a bathing suit all day with sand between your toes.
I don't know about you, but I always have trouble packing. Especially with a child in tow. It's not as bad now that Dean is older, because when he was a baby, I would pack everything. Including (but not limited to) a high chair, bumbo, exersaucer, play mat, toys, books, etc.
When I was younger (and single), I was very chaotic in my own packing regime. I would grab literally half of everything in my closet, shove it in a suitcase and pray that it zipped when I sat on it. This routine makes getting dressed on vacation a total nightmare. Plus, I always had to pay the extra $50 because my suitcase weighed too much.
Over the years, I have learned packing techniques that are more streamlined and keep me sane throughout my trip.
This notepad allots me a semblance of organization with the insanity of packing a family.
As a side note: Does your significant other expect you to pack for him? Mine just puts out haphazard piles that I throw in a duffle and then once we are on the trip he asks questions like, "Did you pack my razor?" If it wasn't in the pile, I didn't pack it.
A toiletry bag with labels or clear pockets that can hang on the door (I always find really cute ones at TJMaxx, Ross, or Marshalls)is a travel staple.
Aviation-friendly plastic bottles (I bought some from Target that came with labels and a clear bag).
A separate bag for makeup and makeup brushes (if you don't have a bag for brushes, don't sweat it. Just put them in a large ziplock and roll the bag!)
Other tips for traveling:
*If I am going somewhere for a week or longer (and I am not staying at someone's home) I like to bring my own bottle of hand soap. Have you noticed how those bars of soap in hotels are super harsh and never foam up?
*I never iron anything before because it will most likely crease and wrinkle no matter what I do. And every hotel offers an iron!
*Place clothes in the suitcase by weight. Shoes first (nobody wants their silk dress spoiled by tennis shoes), then jeans, sweaters, gym clothes, then dresses, skirts, and blouses on top. I read an article that gave me some good tips about packing. The woman suggested topping the packed suitcase with a few layers of tissue paper that has been sprayed with your favorite perfume. Love this idea! So fresh and so cleanclean.
*If an item can possibly leak all over other things in your bag, I either packing-tape the bottle cap or put it in a separate ziplock bag.
*For weekend trips, I use a vintage suitcase. It's small enough so that it keeps me limited on my usually countless clothing options, and it is simply chic!
Things I will be bringing on my vacation:
-six million magazines, because I am like 3 months behind.
-my new favorite snack of whole natural almonds mixed with dark chocolate covered raisins
-this book, that I will hopefully finish!
-and these guys. 'cause what else do I need?