Traveling With Toddlers {Packing}

While we spent most of our vacation dealing with three very sick kids, I did learn a great deal about traveling with toddlers.  I will spend the next couple weeks sharing all of my tips and tricks I learned along the way.  I’d love to hear all of your tips as well!

Packing was probably the most tedious, laborious, nerve-wracking part of planning the vacation.  Before I began, I had no clue how I was going to pack a whole house worth of stuff into a few bags that would last us over a week while traveling.  We require and use so much in just a single day.  I couldn’t even fathom packing for 8 days!  Yikes!

But with the help of some other experienced mammas online, I found some helpful ways to streamline the process and make things a bit easier.  And not so complicated.

the “hayleigh warm” on the left is actually pajamas, just mislabeled ;)

I loved the idea of using plastic ziploc bags to separate each day’s clothing.  However, since we were traveling up north and I was pretty sure we would be encountering varying degrees of weather, I decided to separate clothes by cold and warm.  Each child had a 2 gallon ziploc bag filled with 4-5 outfits, one bag for warm weather and one bag for cold weather.  All the cold clothes bags went into a suitcase labeled “cold” and warms clothes in a bag labeled “warm”, like in the picture below.

This really helped deal with the issue of sifting through three different sizes of girls’ clothing as well as warm and cold weather clothes.  I made sure to piece outfits together and roll them together in each bag.  Getting the girls dressed in the mornings was a breeze!

Our other bags included…

  • girls cold clothes
  • hubby’s clothes
  • mommy’s clothes
  • toiletry bag
  • backpack used as diaper bag
  • girls activity bag (details coming soon!)
  • night-time bag (pack and play sheets, blankets, pacifiers, sound machine, chargers)
  • feeding bag (bottles, formula, bottle brush, plates & silverware set for girls)
  • food box (filled with snacks & goodies)
  • cold food bag (the $2.99 cute giant freezer/lunch bag from Publix)

Creating a place (or bag rather) for everything really helped to eliminate the chaos of having to bring so many items with us.  It also helped to keep everything contained while we traveled from place to place.

Now, if only next time, I could prepare for sick toddlers! ;)

Check out our Travel & Vacations board on Pinterest for more ideas!

Other links in this series:

Traveling with Toddlers {The Activity Bag}

Traveling with Toddlers {The Travel Binder}

Linking to Works For Me Wednesdays, Women Living Well, Titus 2sdays, Raising Homemakers,The Better Mom, Welcome Home, Homestead Barn Hop, Teach Me Tuesday, Domestically Divine Tuesdays, Happy Family Times

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2 Responses to Traveling With Toddlers {Packing}

  1. Carrie says:

    What great ideas to prepare for a vacation. I love it. I would like to invite you to share at our Happy Family Times link party at We are hoping to inspire more family time with everyone!

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