If you are like me there are regularly at least 15 thoughts going through my mind. And the holiday season just adds to that. And travel during the holidays pretty much fries my brain. If it weren’t for my list-making obsession I would never remember anything. Especially after having a kid, which is like packing for a high-maintenance diva who needs everything she owns. You know, the “I-only-eat-blue-M&Ms” type of person.
Anyhoo… Whether traveling by plane, train or automobile (couldn’t resist), a packing list makes the process so much easier, both when packing to leave home and when re-packing to come back. I’m sharing my packing template with you today as a starting off point for you to customize.
It features a column for you, a column for a toddler (cause that’s my life right now), column for an older child and a column for overall family items. Add or delete columns, do whatever you need to do to make it work best for you.
And a few other tips that make our travels easier:
- Use the right travel accessories. I use this toiletry organizer, this makeup bag and a curling iron holder like this.
- My hubby swears by this pillow on long flights. I was not crazy about the price until we took an international flight, and I changed my min.
- Use Waze app for navigation. It tells you about construction delays, cars on the shoulder of the road, police speed traps and rest areas. In other words, awesome.
- Use Gas Buddy to find out where the least expensive gas is in the area you’re traveling.
- Load up on good music, podcasts and cartoons for the kids. When you are traveling along interstates with exits like Bucksnort (it does exist), you won’t have any reception for calls or Internet.
What other tips am I missing that make your travels easier? Great snacks, perhaps? Although, honestly, I’d just rather skip the traveling and have the superpower of teleportation.