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before my mom moved close to me in california last year i did many of a road trip with my kids to las vegas to see her. although it wasn’t a 24 hour drive, i did pick up a few tips to make travelling a lot easier.
1. Coordinate by color scheme. this way you can mix and match all the outfits and it lessens the chance of your child choosing something that looks horrible together.
2. pack in baggies. on my recent trip to mammoth i noticed my girlfriend had packed all her girls’ outfits in baggies. i have done that before and loved it. especially for toddlers it makes getting ready a snap in the morning for whoever is helping her.
3. i have said it a million times on this blog but i will say it again…light LAYERS! use cardigans, button ups and outerwear to add interest and ease in climate control without the bulk of jackets.
i put together an entire packing list for you my dear readers and then realized i had rounded up all the things i have on my essentials list….
as a refresher of all things i think a girl needs here is my list to making getting dressed easy and fun. for more in depth ideas look at my features “we live by”
1. cotton on cardigan $24 2. jcrew denim shirt for boys $34.50 3. colorblock raglan $24 4. tribal finger in the nose tee find similar here and here 5. zara striped shirt (for more on this fave of mine click here). 6. mini rodini bird tank $36 7. gap pink shorts $24.95 8. mini boden chambray short 9. littlefour leggings 10. gap jegging 11. gold salt water sandals 12. jefferson native shoe
here is why i picked these clothes. they can almost all mix and match and layer making infinite possibilities.
i always have my kids travel in their most comfy clothes elevated from pj’s. for ruby that means leggings and a tunic. for my ello it means his cotton Gap shorts and a loose tee.
shoes she can slide on and off herself are essential for road trips so you are not forced to climb in the back to buckle or tie shoes. even if she can’t do them by herself it takes a quick second for you to put them on and rush her to that lovely public bathroom. i like the natives because they are water resistant which also makes them a great option for sea, lake, resort, amusement park type trips. the saltwater sandals continue to stand the test of time. they are water resistent and comfortable. in this metallic gold they are a little more sophisticated then your average sandal and her feet won’t hurt at the end of a long day like they would in many sandals.
jeggings are a great idea for travel because they roll up real nice without wrinkling and again they are comfortable for long car rides.
i love packing a tunic like the zara striped one because she can wear them with shorts, tucked in the front or out with leggings or even jeans.
i ALWAYS recommend two pieces for toddlers and babies because it makes potty -time so much easier.
no need to spend a lot on flip flops for the pool. old navy’s $4 flip flops are tried and true. we get them every year. then when your child looses one of them you are not out too much.
i like to use a sundresses as a cover up. hm sells cotton sundresses for only $5 and they come in great patterns.
these hats are harder to pack but can go from brunch at the hotel to the pool and lets be honest are just a lot more stylish then most sun hats out there.
an canvas tote can be rolled up in the suit case and easily filled with a water bottle, sunscreen and a place to store their cover up and sandals while they are swimming. this one is kid-sized.
since you are staying at a resort, no need to pack towels! yay!
tomorrow i will show you how i pack for the car and all the little accessories one needs for spring break! need swimsuit inspiration? check out my pinterest page for some of the cute styles i have found…more to come.
hope this helps Amy!