I have vague memories of a time when packing for a vacation could be accomplished by opening a couple of drawers and the closet and picking out a number of outfits equal to the number of days we would be away. Add in a few toiletries and a good book, done. The entire process could be completed in under 40 minutes.
|State of the art booster seats for bigger kids…the head rest is nice for long drives.
This one even comes with its own reading lamps.
Today, we begin by adding somewhat cumbersome car seats (safety first) and adding in any number of stuffed animals. I remember my husband sadly realizing he would have to sell his Celica when we found out baby number three was arriving. There was no way we were going to get a third car seat in the back of that one! Gone was the last remnant of his single life…onto many years of ‘family’ vehicles for him.
We didn’t actually move up to a mini-van until our grandson was about to arrive. Prior to that, a full-size sedan did us quite nicely. The mini-van was purchased for family outings and that first one made many. Something about summer road trips seems to wear them out after a while.
So here I am, packing for our upcoming six-week road trip. Just hubby, grandson and I. Off for a drive across the U.S. for a month at Walt Disney World. The last time the girls and I drove there, the little man was younger and still in a stroller (those things take a lot of space.) Also, with four females there was quite a bit of shopping going on. I hope I’ve learned from our mistakes. We packed way too many clothes and didn’t consider we would likely buy T-shirts and things while we were there.
|As my daughter says, this is what happens when five people spend 12 days at Disney World|
For this trip, I’m being much more organized. We are taking eight outfits each since I plan to do laundry once a week. Considering that a nine-year-old boy will likely change more than once a day, I am counting on buying him some souvenir T-shirts along the way. (Hubby says our first stop will be the Disney Outlet on International Drive!) To keep things organized, the little man’s outfits are being packed in x-large zip lock bags to keep everything together and make it easier to tell clean from dirty. It will also make it easy for him to get dressed in the morning.
|EJ doing his school work in an olden days school house during a recent
road trip. He had fun seeing how boys and girls learned back then.