We take a lot of 2-3 day trips during the Spring and Summer. With hubby working out of town it’s usually all we can squeeze in. It’s a lot of fun but the packing and unpacking can be taxing. My kids are old enough to pack for themselves but I was constantly having to remind them of everything to include. I finally got smart and made a kid packing list printable for them. I printed one out for each kid and placed it in a sheet protector, that way it can be used over and over again and wiped clean between trips. Just use a dry erase marker so it will wipe off easily.
The list includes some things that aren’t going to be used for every trip or don’t pertain to everyone. It’s easy to just mark through those things on the sheet protector before I hand it to the kids or I can circle the items that need to be included. They can also write the number needed next to each item with a dry erase marker. This saves me so much time and I’m not repeating myself 3 times during the packing process. It’s also teaching my kids to be responsible. If the kids forget something for the trip they just have to do without. You may notice that things like shampoo, body wash, etc. are not included since I usually pack those things for the family or the hotel has what we need.
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