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Packing Advice

Hi All! I'm a horrible overpacker. How much and what types of clothes would you pack for your 3 year old girl? It's for a 2 week trip..I tend to pack 14 shirts for her and 14 bottoms for a 2 week trip for example..and we share a luggage..its really bad..haha..Thanks in advance.

  • anonymous mom
    Apr 01

    I’m the same, so no real help except to say the only time my mil ever gave me helpful advice was when she told me that rolling your clothes saves luggage space more than putting them in there folded and flat. Soooo I tried it and she was right (which is really the only time you’ll ever hear me admit that!). Point being, I still overpack but I can fit my daughters and my stuff into one suitcase by rolling it all:).

  • C
    Apr 01

    Rolling clothes definitely helps! As do those vacuum storage bags. As to the question, depends on where you're heading. If it's say, the grandparents, then just pack half or even 1/3 of those clothes since you can do laundry there and always have clean clothes. With toiletries ask them what they already have and are willing to share, and don't pack those. Most other things, can you buy it there and is it reasonably priced to do so? If yes, then don't pack those either and buy them there. Toys? Not necessary! Another parent in this forum turned me on to the brilliant idea of collecting honey packets, stirrers, etc at airport cafes and using those as toys and distractions. Easily replaceable if lost, and you can throw them in a recycling bin where you land. I'm a fan of multifunctional things that can fold up. A cart that can hold your car seat as well as luggage and transforms the car seat into a kid buggy; a jacket that turns into a tote bag; the list goes on. They're worth it. Anything to avoid luggage fees and having to drag all this crap around 😄

  • J
    Apr 01

    I work for TSA and handle checked luggage. I do not recommend the vacuum storage bags (although it sounds like a good idea) since if we need to get in then we won’t be able to vacuum them back and unfortunately if the bag becomes very over packed we’ll have to tape the bag shut.

  • antigrav_kids
    Apr 01

    I tend to go with 4 tops and bottoms and then do laundry a fee times in the middle.

  • Joanna
    Apr 01

    Ugh. Traveling with kids is the worst. It really depends on where you are going and what you're doing. Packed for a week to a wedding and had to plan play clothes, dress clothes and hotel pool swimsuits. Didn't plan laundry because of the variety of stuff. But for a long trip to grandparents, bring 3-4 days and then plan laundry. I don't own 14 bottoms for either kid anyway.

  • Amy
    Apr 01

    Packing with Luggage cubes changed my life (or at least made for much lighter travel for longer trips) - by putting things in these little cubes inside your suitcase, you fit more in, and they work like dresser drawers while you're traveling so you can find things. I just used them traveling with baby for the first time and it helped a lot. https://herpackinglist.com/how-to-use-packing-cubes/

  • Sara
    Apr 03

    Will you have access to laundry? That's a game changer for me when traveling. Now that I have 2 kids to pack for, I try to only stay places where there is coin-operated/free laundry service (some hotels have this, or Airbnbs, or when staying with family). Then I pack basically the bare minimum and do wash frequently. When I haven't had access to laundry, I will bring a little thing of laundry detergent and do my own wash in the bathtub and hang dry the clothes.

  • Melissa
    Apr 04

    New shirts everyday makes sense. I would cut down the pants, she can re-wear those. I get not wanting to do laundry on a trip (you are on vacay after all!) Also, are you packing baby gear? I would rent it if you could, that would minimize what you have to bring over all. Swaydle is really great depending on where you’re going (they are only in 2 cities).

  • Naomi
    Apr 04

    Someone may have already mentioned this but if you fold clothes the Marie Kondo way a TON more clothes fit in your suitcase.

  • Stevi
    Apr 04

    I just got back from 10 days in Honduras with my 6yo. I took a very small amount of clothing and purchased a bucket early in the week to wash in. Did some quick washing every night and hung them out to dry on the patio of our room. For toys, we took an inflatable beach ball, some Legos, a plastic sheet protector with printed activity sheets inside and dry erase markers. Liquids were the most challenging, because we needed a ton of sunscreen, and had to get everything in a Quart size bag to meet luggage restrictions. I ended up buying some sunscreen there, and was lucky to find a brand without any of my allergens - which is always challenging no matter where I am!

  • Magicsmom
    Apr 04

    Packing cubes are the key for us. We roll our clothes inside the packing cubes and they seem to fit even better. We use the eBags deluxe cubes.

  • flieskarina
    Apr 05

    Hi C, can you please share the links to those multi use tools that you mentioned like the cart that can hold a carseat as well as luggage please,.. ~karina~

  • Steven
    Apr 09

    We’ve taken my daughter all around the world 2-3weeks at a time. In addition to what everyone else said, get Briggs and Riley luggage with the compression technology, it’ll let you carry more. Look up supermarkets and stores nearby and bring just enough diapers for the plane. Look up laundromats too. If you’re up for it, look up a primark and buy clothes there and throw away when done

  • Steven
    Apr 09

    For a stroller, get a flat folding one like the baby zen. If you want more information, feel free to pm me! Our trips are either multi country romps or road trips on a foreign country, so portability is key for us. We try to blog about our travels(not doing a good job) to provide details for parents like you!