Packing for Children
We just returned from a week at Bible school in southern Belize. Around 80 youth, about half from Belize and half from US or other countries, gathered for Bible study and fellowship. My husband taught the class Youth and Life.
Getting our family packed up and moved five hours away for a week was no small task. I was very glad for the help of the school teacher who lives with us.
Years ago I read an article (I believe it was in the Duggars’ book 20 and Counting?) on packing for children that stuck with me and has been a huge benefit even now. When the Duggars are on the road, they pack each day’s outfit in a bag. When the children need to get dressed, they pull out the day’s bag and voila! Everything they need is there.
I haven’t been able to make that exact thing work for me since my children get dirty at different rates, and I’m never sure who will need to change before the day is over.
But what I have discovered that works is packing each child’s clothes—nighties, socks, and underwear—in a 2-gallon plastic bag labeled with their names. When the children need to get dressed, they don’t need to paw through the whole suitcase, but can go straight to their bag. Also, when I did laundry, I could tuck each child’s clothing back into their bag.
Another perk of having all the clothing is bags is that you can squeeze all the air out of them and pack more compactly.
We started by rolling the PJ tops and bottoms together so that when they pulled one out of the bag the other came with it. Keeping each child’s clothing in their own bag also makes unpacking a breeze. Simply empty the bag into their drawer and you’re finished.
I’ve also used bags for when we are traveling and the children need to get ready for bed on the road. In that case I put all the nighties into one bag and also roll a pull-up, diaper, or whatever each child might need with their nightie. Then we can pull out one bag and I can help everyone get dressed for bed. This worked especially well in airports when we had a lot of luggage and didn’t want to be rooting through everything to find their jammies.
I’ve seen packing cubes for sale and I believe it’s a similar concept. Do any of you use packing cubes? What are your packing tips?
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