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I love travel. I have always loved to travel and in my life I’ve traveled to many places, near and far.
One of the many things that made me even more excited about going somewhere new or loved, was packing. Yes, you have my permission to call me…unique. *smile* I loved planning weeks in advance all the outfits I could wear. My mom would seriously tell me to stop packing, because I would start making my outfits days in advance.
I was around nine or ten years old when I started to pack for trips all on my own. I would pack all my clothes, pajamas, undergarments, etc. for up to a week. I honestly felt so big, because my mom let me pack my clothes and she didn’t let my brother. (the things that made me feel big…)
I have been packing ever since then. My mom would call me her “right-hand”, because I’d pack myself up and one of my brothers and at times…two of my brothers. I was able to help so much, because I was given a system when I first started to pack my own clothes.
easy steps to get your kids packing
- Give them a list
When I started packing my own clothes I was given a list from my mom. She told me how many outfits I needed, whether they were casual or dressy, if I needed pants or shorts, etc. I saw what I needed and pulled them out of my drawers and put together the outfits I wanted. Once something was completed, I’d check it off the list.
Example: 6 outfits4 pants, 2 shorts
6 nice shirts
- Let them look up the weather
After a few times of packing for myself, my mom showed me how to check the weather online to see what it is I’d need to pack. She gave me a guideline of 75+ degrees = shorts/75- degrees = pants. So with the weather all listed out I was able to come up with what I needed clothing wise. It is also very helpful to know how long you are staying. I still do this to the day, granted I have the ability to judge when I need shorts vs. pants, now that I am older and understand the weather.
- Go over their outfits
Once I had pulled together all the outfits I needed for the trip, I had to show them to mom, because she sort of liked me to wear clothes that matched. *winks* Once I got the approval, I could then put it in the suitcase…NICELY!I would suggest that if you need to critique an outfit, give your children details of what you like or don’t like about the outfit so that they can remember it the next time they start packing. If something doesn’t match, give them pointers of what shirts would go with the pants, or why black socks are better than white, etc. Use this time to encourage and teach your children what packing really looks like.
ways to make packing fun
When I was a kid, I used to LOVE packing my own personal bag. It was a way I could pack whatever I wanted to keep me preoccupied during the long car trip or while at my grandparents house. I was basically my own boredom-buster.
I know that I always get excited when I am able to have my own suitcase. It doesn’t happen very often, due to the fact that I have siblings and we like room to sit in the vehicle when we go on vacations. *winks* I always end up sharing a suitcase with one or two of my siblings, so when I had the chance to have a suitcase to myself I was overjoyed.
Turn on the music. I’m not sure if it was my mother’s influence or the fact that I loved music, but whenever I turned on music, I was able to pack a lot faster. Music gave me energy and packing took away from that, so it is a perfect antidote to the problem.
This year has been full of traveling for me and each and every time, I follow these steps. Lists. Weather. Music. I have gotten a lot of practice in and it truly works.
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