Ohm… a well needed vacation, sun, sand, pool, surf and family time.  Spent a week in Ft. Myers with amazing accommodations.  I won’t lie it took me a week to pack and prep this family to make a week long trek to the sun, but so worth it.  Here is my cheat sheets.

A well laid out packing list.  I couldn’t survive without it.  I’ve used it and edited it year after year, trip after trip.  So i know it will come thru when I forget something obvious.  Packing List Grid

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Space saver packing bags are gods gift to families.  I only buy the clear ones and pack and label everything.  When were arrive we just lay them out and don’t bother unpacking them into drawers.  (Unless I’m setting up shop for a good long time)  Don’t get the vacuum ones as you can’t depend on access to one while away from home.IMG_4238

Kids beaded ID bracelets live in the bottom of my purse for field trips, family adventures and of course airplane rides.  These gems have no problem going thru metal detectors and have our phone numbers just in case.  We’ve taught our kids to find another parent and state their name and say “I’m lost can you please call my mom” lifting up their arm with the bracelet.  Note these don’t work so well at water parks but a ball point pen with some liquid bandaid over it do the trick for a day of fun. Click here to purchase your own custom bracelets.

On Wrist

Laundry, it will never end as a mom.  I use this laundry trick each time we travel.  I’ve shared this before on my facebook group .  Pack an old pillow case one that will stand out, so the housekeepers don’t scoop it up. (This was mine from when I was a kid at summer camp, such a classic). When you get to your hotel pin it up between some hangers and just fill away. When you come home it’s all in one place.  P.S. you can also toss the whole bag in a space saver bag for the trip home.

Dirty Laundry

Airplane munchies?  Thankfully when traveling with kids you usually get a side smile from the people at TSA when you roll thru with a bag that looks like your pantry and fridge on a hot date.  But just know that every bit they munch on, is less for you to carry and one melt down avoided.  I’ve seen this before and golly so smart.  I didn’t have to chase any Cheerios across the gate at the airport.

It was a wonderful trip.  Time away, in the sun with friends and family.  I couldn’t ask for anything more.  Spent time pool side and sitting at the beach.  Ate ice cream cones with the kids and walked around town to do some sightseeing.  Truly my kind of vacation.

Do you have any summer adventures coming up?  What will your tricks be?  Have you tried any of the above, if so which worked best?

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