packing tips

Friday, September 30, 2016

So far today I'm on my 6th load of laundry, my house is a mess and Milly and I have eaten goldfish and puppy chow for lunch all because I'm packing for our big trip to Cali! I have to say I have come a long way packing for this family of 5 for big trips and it's all because of a few handy tips.

While I realize there are many that think this post is ridiculously boring on of the main reasons I have this blog is for myself :) This is just to document for me and possibly help out a few people in the process!

First thing I always do when packing is get all the gear out
This is mainly so I can see what I'm working with. For this particular trip, we are taking public transportation once we get to SF, so the goal is to go with as few bags as we can. I decided (after a trial and error period) to go with the far left green, big blue on the right and the 2 Vera Bradley bags. Y'all, if you need a good travel bag these are the best! The big one we are checking (even though we have carried on and it works) and the smaller one we are carrying on to carry snacks, hoodies and entertainment for little miss. I bought them on clearance, saved a ton and now they are my fav bags!

Next I lay out all the clothes as outfits. That way there is NO way to over pack (which has a been a big problem of mine in the past). Sadly I just learned this trick when Cam and I went to LA since we were only carrying on. It was amazing by laying out the clothes how much space I saved and guess what...I wasn't missing anything! Also the less choices you have when you get there the better in my opinion.

Packing this trip was a little tricky. San Francisco is suppose to be sunny but in the 60's during the day and 50's at night. Anaheim is going to be in the 80's during the day and 50's at night. So we are going with layers for SF and shorts for LA.





Cam gets to pack his own clothes ;) I can only do so much!

My fav trick I've learned is to buy souvenier shirts before you go. That way they are WAY cheaper and you can wear them while you are there. 

I'm super excited about our trip but still have TONS to do before we leave tomorrow. See you on the flip side!

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