We’re just back from our annual family vacation — and honestly, this one almost did me in!
Don’t get me wrong, I LOVE to travel!
Exploring new places, seeing some AMAZING sights and being with my family — just us without all the day-to-day craziness that we leave behind — it’s something I look forward to each year.
This year, we’ve decided to take a two week vacation which is a first for us — two weeks away from home and living somewhere else means more planning, extended prep time and a really impressive packing job!
Two issues came up with this recent trip — first, we were flying. Even though I love to travel, I really do NOT enjoy flying. I would rather road trip any day than spend hours in an airport on someone else’s schedule.
Flying means that I have to be much more efficient at packing because I don’t want to pay any more in baggage fees than I absolutely have to but at the same time, I want to make sure we take everything we’ll need for the trip.
Thus the second issue — trying to decide what to bring since we are limited on room.
Planning What to Pack on Your Next Trip
Have you heard the line by comedian George Carlin: “When you go on vacation, you can’t bring all your stuff — just the stuff you really like”.
If you’re flying and will be gone for two weeks, it’s hard to bring the stuff you really like. Those 3 blankies and 20 books that my daughter pulled out just didn’t make the cut since we wanted to have enough clothes for the trip.
To get a better handle on what we SHOULD bring, I created these Trip Planning & Packing printables.
For each day of our trip, I listed what we planned to do in the green box and then jotted down what items I thought we would need to pack for those activities.
The planning sheets worked beautifully! I was able to use them to create a master packing list and when I told the kids they would need 7 outfits, I could easily see they would need 1 dress set of clothes, 4 beach-type outfits and a few casual semi-nice outfits with some extra shirts.
It was also a great way to get all our shoes together since I had a better idea of what activities we were planning to do.
And the BIG bonus: I knew exactly what we would need when we got to the rental house! For example, we had some beach days planned so I knew I would have to scout out some beach chairs and a cooler when we checked in.
If you’re heading out on a vacation, I hope these freebie travel planning sheets will help with your packing.
Travel safe & enjoy the trip!