Friday, September 7, 2012

Packing for kids


I feel very lucky to have so much storage space in our little Winnie, but it is always a challenge to get everything packed and in order before each trip. This is due in large part to the fact that I have a two-year-old very active baby boy who likes to attempt to give us heart attacks at every moment with his latest adventures. I can't leave him unattended for even a second, or hand soap gets spilled all over the counters, he unscrews the toilet seat and flushes the bolts down, gymnastic feats of epic proportions etc, etc. You get the picture, right? 

So all of my prep work must be done at nap time, or with my little "assistant" who is not really a little helper at all, but an energetic ball of fury, bound on un-doing all of my hard work. That being said, I'm getting more & more efficient at the packing thing.

Just look how efficient I am:

Okay, seriously, there is always a lot of laundry. Always.

But for the kids clothes...I bought these cool little cloth bins (at Walmart, but you can find them anywhere). Make sure you measure first, as they come in many sizes. Walmart was the only place I could find that had bins that would fit perfectly in our rv's overhead storage. I bought three different colors, one for each kiddo. I just fold the clean laundry & pop it in to each kid's bin, like this:

Ok, so the Gap would never hire me, since I'm folding-challenged, but it works. 
I put the outfits together (shirt & shorts, or shirt and pants) so it's simple for the kids (or their Dad) to just grab a full outfit for each day. 

I then make another bin (little plastic storage bins sold in a huge box at Costco) for each kid with socks, underwear & jammies in it.

No, you're not seeing things. Yes, little L's name tag has been chewed. Why? I don't know. You'd have to ask him. He likes to keep me guessing. 
Then, it's so easy to just haul them out to the rv, and pop them inside. Bingo, all three kids are packed!
Clothing bins go in overhead storage above the dinette. A stack of diapers/pull-ups fits perfectly between them all, making for easy changes on the road and while camping.

Overhead cabinet is closed, and bins (and clothes) disappear. Nice!
Little bins go under the dinette seating, and I add wipes and a changing pad for an easy diaper station that can be packed away quickly.
I love the bins, because it makes transporting clothes to and from the rv so easy. Even the kids can "pack" their own clothes by carrying it out. Also, after each trip, the clean, un-worn clothes can easily be carried back to their rooms & put away. Love it!

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