That is, until I discovered the power of the Ziploc (zippie) freezer baggie.
Each of these bags is packed with a full day's worth of clothes for each of the boys from a matching shirt and pants with socks down to what they'll be wearing to bed for the night. Since the baby tends to go through more than one outfit during the day, his baggies are packed with two sets of day clothes and two sets of jammies.
There are even extra bags packed with additional shirts for the toddler, monogrammed tops, matching sibling tops, extra socks, burp cloths and blankets.
Not only does this eliminate rummaging through the otherwise bottom-less pit known as a suitcase each morning, but it also allows your little ones to pick out their own clothes for the day with ease. Carter loves waking up each morning while on vacation and picking out his baggie for the day. With their see-thru plastic sides it makes it so easy to see what's already been put together for the day. Just grab it and go!
Doesn't that top picture make your heart sing or is it just me?
Imagine the possibilities. When packing for a little girl you could even throw in coordinating accessories, hairbands, tights, etc! It almost makes me wish that they sold larger zippie baggies so that I could fit my own clothes in them!
I purchased a box of 30-count Walmart-brand freezer ziploc bags for under $2. Larger items such as bath towels, jackets and our Bitsy Bag were folded and stored in the zippered mesh pocket in the top of the suitcase. Once the zippie bags were all easily packed into the suitcase, I was able to tuck in three pairs of shoes and a couple of the boys' favorite lovies.
Doesn't that sound much less daunting than having to carefully fold and stack each item of clothing by itself in the suitcase risking a mess of half-folded clothes upon arriving at your destination?
A sanity-saver, indeed.
The inspiration for this project came from this post that was linked up with Hey, That's Pin-tastic.
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