Packing for a family vacation is a pain. There, I said it. Not only do you need to think about what outfits and gear you need, you also have to do it for your children. Despite my desire to be super organized, I usually end up forgetting some essential item for myself or the kids. “Mom, where’s my underwear?” My worst packing experience was the time we left to visit family in Iowa and realized that we left my daughter’s bag with her clothes sitting at the top of the stairs. I had to drive to Wal-Mart in the next town and buy her some of the ugliest clothes ever. Oh well. At least I could drive and get something.
However, packing lists have helped me get my act together. (Lists in general tend to be a Mom’s best friend. You know, the whole Baby Brain Drain does some real damage to your memory.) Even if some lists don’t include everything that we need for our family, it’s a good place to start and helps so that we don’t forget the essentials. “Honey, why did you bring the nose hair clippers and not any toothpaste?” Anyway, download our Chocolate Cake Moments Family Vacation Packing List here to help you stay in control and smiling. If I’ve missed anything important, let me know.