Well, I’m back! My family was lucky enough to enjoy three nights at the beach. Since I had just done a post on packing light, I thought that I would share our luggage from our beach trip:-)
Yes, my husband, myself, and our two children fit all of our clothes, swim suits, towels, diapers, etc into a carry-on suitcase and a duffle bag.
Have you ever gone on a trip, stuffed your bag FULL OF STUFF, gone on your trip and returned to discover that you really only wore about 1/2 of what you packed? I use to be an over packer…a ‘just in case’ kind of girl when it came to packing until I had children and now am fiercely independent when it comes to wanting to be able to handle all of our things in every situation. How on earth would I be able to manage going through an airport with two small children, carry-ons, a car seat, AND 2 checked bags? Simple answer is that it would be really hard. So, instead, I condense, downsize, and bring multifunctional pieces of clothes:-). See my post about ‘mom-style’.
On our beach trip, my in-laws and sister-in-law were also making the trip with us, so it made it much more economical and fun to be able to pile all 7 of us into one vehicle. Thanks to light packing we all fit without worries. We also brought along a bag of sand toys and a cooler, but had we flown anywhere we would have simply thrown our collapsible cooler in our bag;-)
Don’t be afraid to mix and match clothes. Don’t be afraid to really think about what you are going to wear and HOW you will be wearing it.
We had an amazing time and my children will always treasure the memories formed from this trip…some of the funniest stories can come from car rides.