Taking trips is exciting especially once you have kids. They get so excited and want to know when vacation starts. We’ve learned to wait until a day or two to let our oldest know about a trip because she will keep asking when we’re leaving 😉
We took a trip last weekend that seemed like we were going to be gone for the week with the amount of stuff we packed. We were traveling to snow so that always comes with extra gear. Knowing that we had quite a bit of extra gear I knew packing had to be done efficiently because we also didn’t have a large SUV, only a mid-size. Besides packing, there’s also the planning of activities once you are at your final destination. Traveling with kids adds an entire layer to your plans because you have to keep them occupied. We had rented a house with a few other families with kids. Most rental homes/vacation homes are not very kid friendly. It stresses me out when we actually get to a new home because your doing an inspection of the entire house, blocking things, locking doors, drawers, etc. There are games and occasionally coloring items for kids but not to many other options. With that in mind, I knew we had to have toys with for our kids.
If you’ve traveled by plane, your options for toys are limited because of space constraints. However this trip was by car so that was working in our favor. Anticipating that there weren’t going to be many toys at the rental house, I knew we needed something for kids because playing outside in the snow all day wasn’t realistic plus the babies weren’t going outside for that long. Packing toys in a backpack or a baby bag wasn’t going to cut it. A light bulb went off, a plastic storage bin. We had plenty of them and it would allow us to pack plenty of toys.
The storage bin was one of three items we brought with us on our trip that kept our trip organized. The other two were a storage bin for diapers and a bose portable sound system. Here’s how these three items will keep you organized and save you time.
- Storage Bin- This can be used for a variety of things, in our case it was for toys but it would work great for beach toys, snow gear, food, etc. Packing this in the car does take up space, about the size of large duffle bag. This storage bin would become a more valuable resource on our trip than we intended. All the kids enjoyed playing with the toys because as it turns out there wasn’t much for them to do at the rental house. After the kids went to bed, it was so easy to cleanup because all we had to do was throw the toys in the bin. We didn’t have to search the house for toys either because we kept them in the same place. Big time saver.
- Storage Basket– This basket was woven and small, unlike the storage bin. We use it at home to store the diapers and wipes in the den. I grabbed this as a last minute item and am really glad I did and here’s why, we were able to keep that bin in the den of the rental house and didn’t need to make multiple trips to our room to get a diaper and/or wipe. Leaving diapers out without any type of structure allows them to lose their shape and becomes more difficult to keep organized in a pile.
- Bose SoundLink Mini- We are new to this portable soundlink system and are in love. We bring this almost everywhere we go, it’s easy to transport. Having this soundlink with us saved us the headache of having to figure out the stereo system. There was a page full of instructions how to activate it and we didn’t even read through it. We could connect any phone to it because of the bluetooth capabilities. It was simple and easy.
Having these three items with us kept us organized and saved time because we weren’t taking multiple trips. We knew immediately where we could find the toys or the diaper changing supplies. We were able to quickly turn on music because of the simplicity of the Bose soundlink system.
You can view the items we brought with use here: https://youtu.be/WaDEAtBZfp0