Contributed by Trish Russell
Did you know it’s possible to use a carry on as your ONLY luggage for clothing? Are you aware that four people can fit two months’ worth of shirts and pants in one piece of luggage? Yep. Shocking I know. To be honest, I was a little stunned when I was able to make it happen too!
Last time I went on a grand adventure with three humans I packed two carry-on’s, two big suitcases and a backpack. This time we have FOUR humans and I’ve downsized to one carry-on, diaper bag, activity bag and work bag for mommy. We are 1/3 of the way through our adventure and this system is working splendidly! On the next leg of our adventure, I’ll eliminate the activity bag and combine it with mommy’s work case!
How are you doing this you ask? One simple rule.
Disclaimer: If you’re going away for a girl’s weekend, anniversary trip or you have a new family member — you do you! Those are rare occasions and take trial and error. This blog post is for those going on another family vacation and/or regularly travel and still over pack.
Alright – back to it.
I know you’re thinking, “Trish, it’s complicated. I never know if my kids will want this or that or if I’ll feel like wearing those shoes I bought 2 years ago.”
Yeah, I get it. Really, I do. Did you read above where I confessed I packed FOUR suitcases for three humans? Granted, we were going across the planet for 10 weeks, but you’ll never guess how much of that STUFF I really used. Not even one full suitcase worth of activities and clothes.
Yep, that’s right. I was ridiculous. Is there a word for over-over-packer? Since that trip I’ve decided to really take a step back and learn the value of each piece we bring on a trip with us; whether it’s a weekend away or 5-week trip overseas.
So, as you get ready to travel, challenge yourself and your family. Less is more. Would you like to eliminate the bulk of stress wrapped up in packing? Could you take more opportunities to go on adventures with your loved ones if you weren’t concerned about “the pack attack?” Imagine the freedom in knowing you brought the pieces necessary for your family to travel. Think of the hassle free feeling of being able to pick up and go when you choose without a ton of baggage.
The first step is being committed to identifying your family’s essentials and accepting this is a trial and error process. If you make a decision that crashed and burned (like I did this past Thanksgiving) then you know to ALWAYS bring a pack n’ play!
Then it won’t be stressful to add that big piece because you know and understand the value it brings to your family’s peace of mind. Our Thanksgiving wasn’t ruined, I was a little sleep deprived, but our trips since then I always have the pack n play. My hubby and I both know it’s value. When you know the value of each piece you’re bringing on a trip, it’s not as heavy as you lug it into the car, check it at the airport, drag it across the hotel, etc.
Will you choose to find freedom? Discover the value in the affirmative yes.
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