Packing kids clothes for a trip – using Ziploc bags
On trips my two kids usually share a suitcase. Keeping clothes organized in the suitcase is a major pet peeve of mine and after a day or two on the road, what started out as nicely folded piles can quickly become a big mess. Instead of folding and sorting repeatedly throughout the trip, I’ve come up with the perfect solution. . .
I pack my kids clothes in gallon-size Ziploc bags – one outfit PER bag. Then I stack them up on end and can flip them easily while keeping everything organized. Grabbing an outfit is a synch – even for my husband, who has a horrible time finding matching items for my kids (what do you mean black and brown don’t match?). I can even have my 6-year-old pick out an outfit and put it on! This will work best if you have smaller kids (mine are 6- and 3- years old) and during summer trips (might be harder with bulky sweaters or jeans during the winter months).
This system works great for keeping clean clothes separate from dirty, too! I pack an empty garbage bag for dirty clothes.
And we use Ziploc bags for toiletries, sunblock and hair accessories. It makes it so easy to sort through things and we don’t end up with toothpaste or shampoo on our clothes. If you have messy kids, pack a stain stick! You can treat the stain before you toss it into the dirty clothes bag.
Bigger items like sweatshirts and jackets get packed with an normal fold in the same suitcase. I have a separate bag for underwear (one bag per kid) and a bag for socks.
When we’re all done – the Ziploc bags stay in the suitcase for the next trip. So we aren’t having to buy new ones every trip.
Do you have any tips for packing kids clothing!?!