In less than 24 hours, our family departs on an adventurous road trip to Disneyworld! Which means, of course, that we’ve been at work finding, washing, drying and folding 50+ outfits for the ten of us.
Obviously, since we will be gone longer than five days, we will need to do laundry at some point during our vacation. And honestly, that’s really okay with me. I would rather do that than to have to pack 100+ outfits, which would be pretty hard seeing how some of us don’t really have ten matching summer outfits (that I’m willing to let them wear out of the house).
I wrote out a
slightly Type A detailed packing list to make sure everyone has everything they need.
Boys’ Packing List
The older boys can do this on their own, but I’m working on getting the little boys packed today. Each boy should take:
- 5 outfits (mostly athletic, comfortable sets, as well as a polo shirt or two with khaki shorts)
- 2 pairs of pajamas
- 5 pairs of socks
- 7 pairs of undies
- 1 swim suit
- 1 beach towel
- toothbrush & toothpaste
- 1 small blanket
- 1 small pillow
- Kindle, tablet, phone, books, toy, etc. (depending on age)
- athletic shoes
Okay, it’s huge. Like big enough to really be a diaper bag, so it’s dual purpose. Here’s what goes in:
- Band-aid kit with antibiotic ointment
- nail clippers
- all-natural diaper rash cream
- all-natural sunscreen
- lip balm (yep, all-natural)
- all my own personal stuff like hairbrush and make-up bag, phone (which serves as my Bible reading device for this trip) and wallet
My Emergency Medicine Bag
We never leave home without a few emergency medicines just in case one of our children needs some immediate help for things like croup, allergies, dehydration, skin infection, or a migraine. For that reason, these medicines make their way into my otherwise sort-of-hippie bag of tricks.
- nebulizer + emergency meds
- clinda foam (You’ve read our scary story about MRSA, right?)
My Natural Remedies Bag
Oh, this one is much more fun for me to pack. For two reasons, I think. One being that I feel great about using all natural methods to help our children when I can, and two, I just love essential oils! The following are must-haves.
- natural cold care remedy
- Hyland’s teething tablets
- Hyland’s tiny cold tablets
- Vitamin C tablets
- Vitamin D tablets
- lavender essential oil for calming, soothing (both mood and skin)
- peppermint essential oil for easing nausea and headaches, and even sore muscles
- melaleuca essential oil for using as an antibacterial cleanser on any blisters (just a drop is necessary!)
- Breathe essential oil blend in case of any breathing difficulties
- OnGuard essential oil blend in case anyone gets sick
Vitamin and Nutritional Supplement Bag
- kids’ vitamins
- Coreplex with Iron
- MNS Max C (the vitamins and supplements partly responsible for my husband’s recent 15 pound weight loss)
- Joint Promotion
- Spark energy drink mix (one of my husband’s favorite things, which has helped him almost stop drinking coffee completely)
- my laptop bag with charger inside!!
- camera (with SD card!)
- phones with chargers
- Kindles with chargers for Dax and Drew
- I-pad with charger
- homemade blueberry muffins
- giant breakfast cookies
- organic juice boxes
- sippy cups
- water bottles
- small pack-n-play with sheet for Lincoln
- 2 baby blankets
- a few books for bedtime stories
- a few small toys for Lincoln and Landen for the car and hotel
The Before-We-Leave Van Checklist
- Dad, Mom, and Lincoln’s bag (packed together, and including toiletry bag – soap, shampoo, razors, etc.)
- each boy’s bag
- my purse
- emergency medicine bag
- natural remedies bag
- vitamin bag
- snack bag and ice chest
- pillows and blankets
- Does everyone have both their shoes on?
Whew! I think I got it all. The real chore may be stuffing it all into the van!
Did I forget anything?
What are some things you take along for road trips with kids?
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