This post has been sponsored by EzPacking. All opinions are 100% my own.
When you think of the word “vacation”, what comes to mind? A gorgeous ocean at sunset? Mountain views? A luxury spa? Wonderful family memories? While I agree that vacations can be absolutely amazing, relaxing, and full of memories, there are a few things about travel that I just do not like. Namely, packing before we leave, and unpacking upon return.
As a mother of three, it is my job to make sure my entire family is packed and ready for travel. Extra underwear? Check. Swimsuits? Check. Toothbrushes all around? Check.
Here’s the issue… I have never really taken the time to get my packing plan organized and implemented… until now. While planning a trip to Arizona, I decided it was high-time to figure out this packing thing once and for all…
Enter EzPacking Cubes.
“What are EzPacking Cubes?”, you might ask. Only the best way (ever) to keep organized while on vacation. And when they offered to send me their Complete Bundle to try out, I did a little happy dance.
Look at everything that comes with this bundle! I don’t think I’ve ever been so excited to get packing. Let’s take a little journey to organized travel, shall we?
1.) Create a Packing List
Every time we go on vacation I write out a packing list. Every. Single. Time. Why? Why do I do this? I decided it was time to create a permanent list that could be used over and over again. I made one for my husband, one for myself, and one for the kids.
You can print these packing lists for your personal use by using the links at the end of this post.
I simply covered each list with clear contact paper, and wrote with a dry erase marker. To reuse, simply wipe clean with a small amount of rubbing alcohol on a cottonball. (If you have other items you need for your trip, just use the dry-erase marker and write them in on the side.)
2.) Organize Your Clothes
I neatly fold everyone’s tops, bottoms, socks, dresses, pajamas, swimsuits… You get the picture. Every item is perfectly stacked in the suitcase; but the second someone needs something, they go rummaging through, leaving a massive pile of (now) wrinkled clothing behind. Ugh. This is where EzPacking Cubes come in handy.
The image above shows the large packing cube, which held 3 pairs of shorts, 1 pair of capris, one pair of jeans, 4 layering tanks, and 4 shirts.
First, these cubes are clear. Clear. No more mesh. No more patterned fabric. Just clear, easy-to-see-what’s-in-’em, cubes. Therefore, no one has to go on a scavenger hunt through the suitcase to find their swimsuit. Instead they can find the cube containing their needed item, and grab it. Not only that, the bundle gives you color choices, so you can order a couple colors… Maybe one for the adults and one for the kids? Another great feature is the durability of these cubes. They maintain their shape, allowing folded clothes to actually stay folded. #win (And if you need help folding, there are 3 folding boards, in various sizes, included with the bundle.)
*Lay out daily outfits before packing them into the suitcase. This way you ensure that your clothing matches, and you have everything you need for each day.
*Roll your clothing. This allows you to conserve space.
3.) Organizing Toiletries
Toiletries tend to be the heaviest items we pack, so go with travel-sized items when you can. And just in case your luggage doesn’t arrive when you do, put a few necessities in your carry on.
The image above shows the medium packing cube which held all our toiletries… and could have held even more 🙂 I used an extra small cube for our shower poufs (since they tend to be wet). The extra small cubes would also be great for make-up or feminine hygiene products.
4.) Carry On
Speaking of “carry-on”, let’s talk about things you’ll need…
As noted above, make sure you have a few necessary toiletries with you in your carry-on. Let’s be honest, no one wants to be without deodorant in the hot Arizona desert, right?
Make sure you also have a couple snacks in tow, along with a few things to keep you occupied: Magazines, books, music, headphones, etc.
*Make sure to pack a pen and notebook so you can write down ideas, things you need to do when you get home… or to play tic-tac-toe on the flight 🙂
*Make sure to charge all your electronics prior to departure.
For the Kids
Every child needs different items at different ages; make sure to pack lots of snacks (’cause kids are always hungry 🙂 ), and lots of things for them to do (books, toys, puzzle games, music, coloring books and crayons, etc.) Use a different packing cubes to keep kids’ stuff separate.
The image above shows the small packing cube; perfect for books and a few additions.
5.) Packing Shoes
Shoes aren’t exactly known for their cleanliness. They plow through dirt, mud, sand, grocery stores, restaurants, etc. I don’t even like to think about what’s on the bottom of my shoes. No worries though, you can simply pack them in a shoe bag and let the grime stay put.
6.) Dirty Laundry
Whenever I came home from a trip, every single clothing item would go into the washing machine. It didn’t matter if it had been worn, or not; it still got a washing. Why? Because 1.) I didn’t really know what was dirty and what was clean, and 2.) I figured even the clean clothing had been touching the dirty stuff, so best to wash it all. Problem solved. EzPacking gives you a laundry bag to take with you, so now those dirty clothes stay away from the clean ones, and I know what’s dirty and what’s not.
*It is always a great idea to take an extra (empty) carry-on so you make sure you have room for all those souvenirs. EzPacking thought ahead and sends you an additional duffle bag to take with you on your travels when ordering the complete bundle (or purchase it separately).
This system was just what I needed to stay organized and get over the worst parts of travel (the packing!). Here’s to many more years of organized travel!
Love the EzPacking Cubes as much as I do? You can find them here! I highly recommend the Complete Bundle, as it’s a savings over ordering everything individually… and who doesn’t want to save a little money?
Need a few packing lists before you head out on your next vacation? Feel free to print these off for your own personal use by using the links below the images:
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