The idea of a fun road trip always gets me excited. There’s something about traveling just far enough away from home that it feels like an adventure, but still staying close enough that you can be home and in bed at a reasonable hour by Sunday night. It never seems to fail, however, that despite packing what seems like a month’s worth of necessities, someone always forgets the bug spray or clean underwear.
Luckily, as Supermom of the family, I’ve compiled a few helpful tricks to ensure you leave home with everything you need while still packing light.
1. Start compiling your list early – and add to it
As soon as we decide we’re taking a road trip, I start a list on my phone and add the obvious items right away. It’s usually the details you think of at the most inconvenient times that are the most important. Being able to add these things to your list as you think of them will help keep the actual process of packing much more streamlined.
2. Make a separate list for each person
As departure time nears, I start to create a separate list for each family member who’s taking part in the adventure. This makes it easier as each person’s toothbrush has to be checked off individually instead of just checking off “toothbrushes” and hoping you remembered to actually grab all four.
3. Make two copies of each list
This may seem tedious, but whenever we have two copies of each list it’s almost guaranteed that we don’t forget anything. Use one list while you’re packing, checking off items as you add them to your bag. Check the other list right before you’re about to leave to ensure that nothing was removed or inaccurately checked off.
4. Make smart clothing choices
Always choose clothes that can be easily re-worn and mixed and matched. For example, if you’ll be gone just over a weekend, you can probably get away with a single sweatshirt. Choosing neutral colors can also help decrease the amount you have to pack since different items can pair together in a capsule-like fashion to create matching outfits.
Follow these tips and you’re sure to spend more time enjoying your adventure and less time urgently looking up directions to the nearest Target!
Kiara Martilla is a travel blogger and marketing strategist with a bachelor’s degree in business administration. She typically juggles iced coffee in one hand and the hand of her toddler in the other, and she aspires to completely renovate an old Airstream to travel the U.S. and Canada with her little vegan family.