If you’ve ever gone on a long road trip, you know that sometimes having to pack up alllll that stuff can be daunting. If you have kids, well it’s even more work. Over the years I’ve had to pack up our family for roadtrips, sometimes to visit family and other times on our way to a fun destination. Our family has gone from two people, to now five. I’ve gotten a pretty good idea with what works over the years. Here are my 3 simple, handy tips for: how to pack for a long road trip.
1. Lists. Yes, when you’re packing up for a long road trip, making a list (s) is your friend. Best friend. Honestly, I’m not a list person unless I’m going grocery shopping (even then I sometimes forget it) however, a list here is incredibly helpful and really invaluable. Categories can include: Clothing, food, misc. such as batteries, blankets etc. Have kids? Make a list for each and note how many changes of clothing, pants, underwear etc, should be packed. When you’re writing down your list don’t foget to include the little extra things a person might need; but can easily get over-looked. For example, my oldest son has braces and needs elastics for them. That would be something that would be super easy to overlook and get forgotten. Check off each item as you pack it up, no forgetting anymore!
2. HOW you pack your clothing in each suitcase is a thing too. Yes, it’s incredibly helpful to create more space in your suitcase by simply packing your stuff in a smarter way. Have you ever heard of the rolling method of packing? You’re literally rolling up you clothes and placing them into your suitcase. This creates so much more space. As long as you’re not starting with clothing that isn’t wrinkled to begin with, you won’t have a problem with wrinkles. Roll it up!
3. Food. Even if you have set list of restaurants that you’ll be stopping and eating at, it’s fairly inevitable that someone will get hungry, and it’s 100% happening if you have kids. This is where making a list comes in handy again. When thinking about food, smaller easy to pack things to eat, rule. Think granola bars, dried nuts and fruits, apples and oranges. With long roadtrips I like to buy a few bags of chips too. Make sure to stock up at the big grocery places, corner stores and gas stations usually have quite the mark-up. Bringing a cooler? Fresh pepperoni and beef jerky are always hits with my family.
There you have it, simply things but they really do make a difference.
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