The SMART way to pack your Baby or Toddler for Vacation
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The Smart Way to Pack for Baby or Toddler

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Ever since creating the baby & toddler packing list for you {ahem, years ago…}, I’ve wanted to fill you in on the SMARTEST way that I know how to pack my little guys.

The SMART way to pack your Baby or Toddler for Vacation

I’m certain that this one little life-changing tip, will CHANGE the way you pack for your baby or toddler.

The SMART Way to Pack a Baby or Toddler:

1. Start by sorting the clothes that you plan to take with you. I do this by pulling articles of clothing out in categories.

For instance: I start with onesies & shirts. I pull them out of the closet, and place them in a pile somewhere, where I have a big space to spread out.

The SMART way to pack your Baby or Toddler for Vacation

Next, I pull out shorts…

The SMART way to pack your Baby or Toddler for Vacation

…pants. {Can you tell I was packing for the beach on this trip, since I only packed one pair of pants? 😉 }

The SMART way to pack your Baby or Toddler for Vacation

…Swimming Suit{s}/Trunks

The SMART way to pack your Baby or Toddler for Vacation

…and for the infamous baby & toddler “outfits,” that come together… I put them in their own little pile, individually.

The SMART way to pack your Baby or Toddler for Vacation

… and lastly {for us} a few jackets for those cool nights.

The SMART way to pack your Baby or Toddler for Vacation

2. Next grab, clear plastic, gallon size, zip-top bags…

Brand doesn’t matter… they all work great for packing.

The SMART way to pack your Baby or Toddler for Vacation

3.  Starting with one pile of clothes {I started with the onesies and shirts}, gently roll up an item, and place it in a bag. Do this with each item, placing all of the shirts in one bag… and grab a different bag for the pants. A different bag for the shorts. Different bag for the swim trunks... etc.

The SMART way to pack your Baby or Toddler for Vacation

In this photo, you’ll see that my little guys shirts were small enough, that I could put some horizontal in the bag, and still have room on the side to stuff some shirts in, vertically…

The SMART way to pack your Baby or Toddler for Vacation

For the outfits that come together, I put those in their own bag. {I do this, so if anyone else is helping dress the baby/toddler on vacation, they’ll already know what shirt/shorts go together.}

The SMART way to pack your Baby or Toddler for Vacation

4. When one bag is full {it doesn’t have to be completely filled up}, seal the bag about 3/4 of the way. Push all of the air out of the bag, and finally seal the bag completely… trying to make sure no air filters back in to the bag.

{I actually place my knees on the bag, REALLY pushing the air out, and then I pinch the bag closed.}

Then… I have created a “vacuumed sealed,” type of package.

The SMART way to pack your Baby or Toddler for Vacation

Why do I do this? For a few reasons:

  1.  The “Vacuum Seal,” effect, saves room in the suitcase
  2. Rolling up the shirts, creates less wrinkles than folding the clothes, leaving space to move and crunch during transport.
  3. Placing the clothing in plastic bags, prevents getting ruined if the baby shampoo or sunblock leaks during transport.
  4. I can use the plastic bags to store the dirty clothes while away on vacation.
  5. I’m able to use the plastic bags over and over again, for each vacation. I just place the bags back in to the empty suitcase when we get back home!

In this photo belowyou’ll see that I was actually able to put my 4 year olds clothing in the same suitcase, because I saved SO much room packing this way! 

The SMART way to pack your Baby or Toddler for Vacation

I’ll never forget the look on my girlfriends face when I taught her the smart way to pack for baby or todder. Her and her family travel just about as much as we do, and I honestly feel it changed her packing life… as it did mine!

The SMART way to pack your Baby or Toddler for Vacation

I can’t WAIT to hear how this method of packing worked for you! Let me know below! I love hearing from you!

xoxo,

jessica

The SMART way to pack for a baby or todder

4 thoughts on “The Smart Way to Pack for Baby or Toddler

  1. Meghan says:

    My kids are 7 and 8 and this is still how I pack for them, each bag has a full outfit, including socks and underwear. This way they just grab a bag out of the suitcase and can get dressed, not trying to match things up, or find the underwear that is at the bottom of the suitcase.

    1. Jessica says:

      That is SO awesome!! I hadn’t even thought about doing it for when the kids get older! That will be so handy!!!! Thank you for sharing that!

  2. I love this packing way for my daughter’s clothes. I am doing it since she was a little baby. Best regards

    1. Jessica says:

      Oh that’s fantastic!! Thanks so much for stopping by!

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