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Dirty Little Secret Friday … Organized Travel

March 7, 2014
Organized Travel | View From The Fridge

We’re almost on our way south …

A quick trip to the doc for me this morning, and then we’re off.  First stop, Grandma and Grandpa’s in Iowa to drop off Miss Molly (our dog).  We’ll stay the night there, then aim for Nashville for Saturday night.  Then … Destin!  Can.  Not.  Wait.!!!

Anyway, for my organizing ‘task’ this week, I thought I’d share my attempt to be more organized for this trip.

I started thinking about packing on Monday.  That’s pretty darn good for me.  I used Abby from Just a Girl and Her Blog’s Free Printable Packing List (find that here… thank you, Abby!!).  I filled one sheet out for each boy (little boy, that is … hubby was on his own), and one for me and general items.

Here’s a snippet of mine … (don’t judge … we’re getting a little personal here):

Packing List - Katie

I also refered to my favorite organizing source, I Heart Organizing, and was inspired by Chelsea’s {from two twenty one} post:

Organized Travel Tips

Great Organized Travel Ideas from Chelsea at Two Twenty One shared over at I Heart Organizing

It was too late for me to buy or make one of those cute ‘wash or wear’ bags or those fancy toiletry organizers, but I did employ that necklace organizer wrap AND rolling my clothes.

I also took a minute to plan how our car was going to need to be packed.


  • Food / snacks
    • apples and knife (sounds a bit dangerous, but I’m skilled!!)
    • cashews
    • Cliff bars for the boys
    • Lara bars for me
    • Epic bars for Matt (they’re meat bars … actually not too bad, but more my stomach can take).
    • Grandma’s treat bag (the boys have been patiently waiting to eat those snacks since last Sunday).
  • Camera
  • Activity bags for the boys:
    • books
    • crayons and paper
    • etch-a-sketch
    • Little trains
  • Sunglasses for all
  • diapers and wipes for C
  • Pillow Pets for the boys
  • Water bottles for all
  • Phones … obviously
  • Book and magazines for me
  • Molly … she makes herself nice and comforatable across the foot area of the backseat.  Poor dog … she used to have the whole backseat to herself.  My how things have changed …

Everything else … into the trunk.  But even that required some planning.  I didn’t want to have to unload the entire car in Iowa and Nashville (we’ve learned our lesson in the past (a.k.a Yellowstone trip).  I decided to pack an extra bag for each of us to add two of our ‘colder weather’ outfits, and other items that we would need before arriving in Florida (cosmetics, vitamins, etc).

Yesterday … I was blessed with TWO napping boys at the same time, so I was able to pack.  We got the boys their own rolling suitcases for Christmas this past year.  I am still amazed that I fit all their clothes for the week into those bags!

Organized Travel  | View From The Fridge


Organized Travel  | View From The Fridge


With checklists crossed off, and a giant ‘pile’ of bags ready … we’re off (as long as it all fits in the car).

Organized Travel  | View From The Fridge


I’m no ‘expert’ packer or traveler, but I have learned a couple tricks along the way …

  1. Pack a large bag for dirty clothes … preferably one that you can hang somewhere in your hotel room.  Nothing annoys me more than dirty clothes getting mixed up with clean ones!!

    Organized Travel  | View From The Fridge

    Our laundry bag for the week (liner of our hamper)

  2. If road trippin’ … pack car so that it doesn’t need to be unloaded at every stop.  We have a separate Iowa/Nashville bag with clothes and toiletries for ALL of us for two nights.  This will go in the trunk last, and should be the only bag we need to unload at these two stops.
  3. Similar to #2 above … plan what needs to go upfront in the car.  Snacks, water bottles, sunglasses, ‘car toys’, and diapers/wipes are key for us.
  4. Make a list several days in advance and keep it handy so you can add to it as you think of something else to add.  Keep in on your phone … that’s usually always nearby!  I can’t tell you how helpful this is to me (especially with my preggo brain right now).  I’m pretty sure we wouldn’t have packed swimsuits for Charlie, vitamins for all of us, or phone chargers if I hadn’t had my list to cross off!!
  5. Bring plastic bags … of all kinds.  I have about 6 Target bags thrown in, a pack of gallon size ziplocks, and a pack of quart size ziplocks.  These come in handy for all kinds of things from wet swimsuits to sunscreen to crayons and markers for entertainment!

That’s all folks!  I’m sure I’ll have more ‘lessons learned’ by the time this trip is over, however.

Thanks for stopping by!  Have a wonderful weekend, and please stop back tomorrow to link up at DIY Sunday Showcase (live at 5pm CST).  Stop in next week, too.  I’ve got a couple of fun posts planned while we’re {hopefully} living the good life for a week!


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  • Reply Melissa @ A Prudent Life March 7, 2014 at 11:51 am

    Great tips Katie! My favorite was using the hamper liner for dirty clothes! I will definitely try that on our next road trip.
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    • Reply Katie March 7, 2014 at 9:26 pm

      Thanks, Melissa! Hope you’re having a great weekend!

  • Reply Raquel March 13, 2014 at 2:15 pm

    We are thinking of taking a road trip this summer! Good to know it can be done with the kiddos-LOL! Love the packing idea…I also love Jen’s blog and visit it many times getting awesome ideas:)

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