Today was a crazy, run around kinda day...at least I made it home before it started pouring rain!!! I'm slowly checking things off my to-do list before our move to Germany in June. We had our third language class today.
I thought I would share an article I read in my Budget Travel magazine. I thought it was pretty neat. I think if I get stressed at all over this moving overseas, it will be the packing part. Because we will not be getting any of our stuff for about a month after arriving and I have to pack enough for 6 people...four little people and two big people. Ay-yi-yi!
So here are some suitcase strategies:
Did you know there are three types???
1. The List Maker:
a) Make a detailed trip schedule, including outings, and types of clothing you'll need for each and stick to it!
b) Don't bring any item of clothing that won't be worn at least twice and in different combinations! (which is soooo me, because I layer clothes and make new outfits out of the same junk all the time)
c) Plan your wardrobe so that darks, lights, and colors are worn in sequence. That way, they'll be ready to be washed at the same time.
d) Pack at least one full day in advance....you'll leave room for items to settle, creating a little extra space for worthy additions.
2. The Communal Thinker:
a) Have each family member cart their outfits and extras into the living room and sort it all into categories.
b) Load one bag with the family's shoes, and one bag with everyone's outerwear and extras-umbrellas, phone chargers, and toiletries.
c) Then make on combined suitcase of everyday clothing for the whole family for each week, include four or five outfits per person, plus all the pj's on top. You'll only need to open one suitcase a day, reducing hotel-room clutter(and the likelyhood of leaving items behind).
d) Stash dirty laundry in a plastic bag, and after several days you'll have a suitcase full ready to wheel to the laundromat.
3. The Compartmentalizer:
a) Using 2-gallon Ziploc bags, a permanent marker, and stickers, label each bag according to the day of the trip or by event ("day at the museum" or "dinner at the nice restaurant") (this gal must not have four kids, Cuz I seriously would have 50 bags and they would go like this "day at the park" day at the pool" "breakfast" "lunch" "dinner" "chocolate pie" "Mud puddle at flea market")
b) Toss in a few extra bags for wet or dirty clothes" (maybe if I only had a thong or some dress socks! I'm thinking not even a dirty pair of jeans would fit in a ziploc!"
c)Sort outfits by day and slide them into the corresponding bags, folding as follows: dress shirts and pants folded into thirds; shorts short skirts, and underwear folded in half; T-shirts and long skirts folded in half, then rolled.
d)Squeeze excess air from the bags before sealing, and layer inside the suitcase in chronological order.
Honestly, I try to avoid plastic, so this is not me...but I've heard great things about the vacuum seal bags which are reuseable from what I hear.
I hope to avoid this catastrophe!
Okay so obviously I'm not the Compartmentalizer here.....I would love to hear what kind of packer you are and any good ideas or tips you have. Being an avid hiker I pack A LOT...BUT I pack ultra light because I have to carry it ALL up and DOWN the mountain....this is different, because we may be living out of a suitcase for a month before we get into a house. Looking forward to hearing from you! :)