Thursday, February 23, 2012

Three bags of dirty clothes later

Brazil, vacation, packing, vacation with kids

You may be wondering the silence around the Sip Mom blog world. Well, we spent these last 10 days sipping a vacation in Brazil, and most of the days I did not have Internet connection, so I guess it was also an e-vacation.

It was our first international trip as a family of four and we experienced with small kids being on boats, planes and automobiles and all the tricks involved to keep them happy. Overall, I would say that it was a success!

We had a wonderful time with family and friends and got our level of sunshine back to full. I plan to write a few more posts about the special moments of the trip, but that will have to wait until after I finish unpacking, washing, cleaning and sleeping! In the mean while, I wanted to share the one right decision I took that made traveling with kids a little bit easier. (of course traveling with kids is never easy, but every little help adds on!)

Brazil, vacation, packing, vacation with kids

After I had packed the bags in my traditional way I decided to watch a few YouTube videos to learn how to properly pack a bag. I was amazed that despite all the international trips I took in the past I had neglected to learn the art of packing! With the videos I learned to roll all the clothes before placing them in the bag and it worked great, specially with the boys clothing. My clothes got a little wrinkled but nothing that a few hours of hanging did not fix. With all the clothes rolled inside the bags I had a full view of every single piece available to wear.

In one of the bags I placed Luke's clothes on the right side and Mark's on the left side, so I always knew what belonged to whom. Of course, on the way back almost nothing was rolled up, as all the dirty clothes were just pushed inside a plastic bag.

Brazil, vacation, packing, vacation with kids
Before

Brazil, vacation, packing, vacation with kids
After
What about you? Are you perfectionist bag packer? Or do you just throw your things inside and then jump on top to try to close the bag?!

Brazil, vacation, packing, vacation with kids

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