5 Spring Break Packing Tips
Spring break is coming! And that means that it is travel time!!!
Spring Break is always the unofficial beginning of travel season for my little family of 3, and we are always so excited to just GO. This year we are going to New Orleans and I am so excited! ( you guys know it's my favorite place ever).
I am a planner by nature, and with each trip, I live by my lists and my planner. The trick with our spring break is that this time of year( early spring) makes it so hard to predict the weather. It could be in the 80s or in the 50s. And anything in between. Our spring break travel plans tend to be short road trips ( by short I mean 4-6 hours at the most) and we don't stay for long. So not only do we need the usual distractions on a road trip for the 7-year-old( tablet, headphone, cars, basketball…) but a good variety of clothes!
But packing for spring break can still be frustrating for even the most determined planner. You have still have to be strategic with packing no matter how long you stay!
So here are My 5 Best Spring Break Packing Tips:
Tip #1: Plan to dress in layers
Spring break can be unpredictable. You never know what the weather will be like. And most likely, it will be cool start to your day, a warm middle, and cool again in the evening. Plan for that and layer!
Tips #2: Take more tops than bottoms. and switch it up
I always pack about 3 bottoms( jeans, shorts, and khakis) that can be worn no matter what the weather is. And then take about 4 or five shirts. Because lets face it, kids are notorious for messing up shirts with spilled drinks and food. But having more shirts with the same bottoms not only saves room in your suitcase, but makes for a nice variety in your kids wardrobe.
Tips #3: Take one pair of shoes.
Yes, I know, it sounds blasphemous. But truly, for kids, unless you are going to the beach( which in that case, add a pair of flip-flops) you really don't need more than one! It saves time when getting dressed and room in your suitcase.
Tip #4: Take your kid's favorite toys.
Road trips can be long for our little people. There are only so many songs you can sing with your kid and punch buggy blues you can play before you get the inevitable “Mom are we there yet?” The trick is to keep them occupied and provide entertainment with a FEW of their favorite toys. In our household, that's his tablet and his basketball. They go everywhere with us. On every trip.
Tips #5: Pack snacks. For the kids AND the adults!
Because…hungry makes everyone cranky! I tend to pack a variety: fruit, crackers, cookies and water. Nothing worse than a hungry kid in your back seat! Or a hungry driver!
So those are my favorite spring break packing tips. Do you have any great tips for parents? Share!