Travel Tip: Packing Made Easy

We just got back from a great weekend in the states and I thought I would post a little travel tip. I am all about streamlining to make any and all tasks as easy as possible. One of the things that I did several years ago was create a basic packing list for each member of our family. Of course, the list varies depending on the location, nature of the trip and duration of the stay, but I keep the basic template and adjust the lists to meet our needs before printing them off for each member of our family. I do have specific lists that I have made and kept on file for things like summer camp.  Here is a sample list.

Packing list

What I love about this system is that I really don’t need to worry about packing. The kids are now old enough to pack for themselves. I provide the lists and they check off the items as they pack. It is worth the time to develop the templates and then take the few minutes necessary to adjust them for each trip, as it saves me the time and energy of thinking about who needs what for every trip and helps the kids to be more independent. They can add their own items to the bottom as well. This system works really well for the whole family!

P.S. Follow-up to yesterday’s post on best deals of our trip: Kohl’s didn’t disappoint…spent $70.28 and saved $387.15. Don’t you love how they print how much you saved at the end of your bill? I am a total sucker for that. Funny when all was said and done, it was Shay that scored the biggest! The boys’ clothes were by far the best deals of the weekend which was nice for once as it is usually E and I that come home with the most. Not this time. He got a whack of new clothes and I don’t think I spent more than $80 on him.

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I am so glad the weather finally broke and we have been blessed with some milder temperatures. When I was driving to work yesterday, you could actually feel the positive energy permeating from the other drivers on the road. Our weather and road conditions have been so horrible for so long, that tension seemed to just linger in the air. It felt like “the big black cloud” finally lifted and everyone seemed to have a bit more spunk and joy! Despite the fact that we have some reprieve from the severe cold, I won’t be giving up my scarves anytime soon.

Scarves are More than Just an Accessory

It took me a long time to join the ranks and become a “scarf” wearer. I always used to feel kind of stupid when I put on a scarf because I was never really sure what to do with it. I always wore a scarf with my winter coat, but in terms of accessorizing with a scarf, it didn’t seem to fit my personality.

Last winter, I was travelling with my best friend Robin and she suggested I bring a scarf. She told me that she always travels with a scarf because it is small to pack and really helps to keep you warm. Whether you be over tired from travelling, trying to get comfortable on a cool airplane or feel under dressed for the weather conditions, a scarf can not only accessorize, but also help to keep the “draft” off your neck and make you feel much more comfortable. I took her advice and found that it made a huge difference. I am always cold and having a scarf along really seemed to allow me to “cozy” up without having to wear multiple layers of clothing. I had never really considered taking a scarf along before her suggestion, but it will now become a “must bring” on my packing list.

Since that time, I have found myself wearing scarves quite regularly. Our winters are very cold and it seems that even a light scarf around my neck helps me to make it through those days at work when I just can’t seem to shake the chills. So, if you are like me and feel a bit unsure of what to do with a scarf, check out this video.

There are many great websites and suggestions for how to wear scarves and they really are more than just an accessory! Get out a scarf and start to play around with it. Have fun and keep warm!

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