Family Packing Hacks: The Best Luggage Organizers Reviewed
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So I’ll be the first to admit that I am a little Type A when it comes to packing my family on vacation. I plan out outfits and I ALWAYS unpack when I get to my destination. I’ve been slowly perfecting my perfect packing technique, and I’ve tried all the packing cubes, luggage organizers and suitcase organizer cubes out there. Here is my list of family packing hacks to get you organized on vacation:
Family Packing Hacks
Luggage cubes have become really popular recently and I purchased a few sets of these after hearing rave reviews from my friends. These travel cubes allow you to ‘travel with drawers’ just like you would have in your own home. I bought my luggage cubes off of Amazon and I purchased the BagAil brand. I’ve been very happy with the quality so far (4 trips in and counting!) I bought one color for each member of my family so that I can keep everyone’s clothes separate and easily identifiable. The nice thing about this method is that you no longer have to keep stuff separated by suitcase. I try to mix up my clothes amongst all the suitcases we are using so that if one suitcase gets lost we won’t be missing all of one person’s clothes!
The only negative I find about luggage cubes is that the outfits aren’t really organized this way. This is why I’ve now added the MeeBands (see below) to my packing routine. Especially for my kids, I like to plan their outfits in advance, and if I don’t have the outfits organized my husband is sure to pick something ridiculously mismatched. I know it’s a very type A, but hey, if I’m spending $$ on some nice outfits, I want them to get used!
I discovered these super awesome packing organizers on Instagram when I started my @tearfreetravel account. Made by a momtrepreneur who has a lot of experience traveling with kids, these little bands are pretty genius. What I LOVE about these bands is that you can pack outfits all into one roll (underwear, socks, headbands all included!). I have been using these bands in my diaper bag to keep my kid’s ‘spare change’ of clothes organized and together. I’ve also been using them to keep a set of gym clothes in my car.
For packing, I think the ultimate is to use these and the packing cubes together. That way you still get the ‘drawers’ but you can also keep the outfits organized and throw an outfit into your beach bag without the clothes unraveling and getting all mixed up.
The Ziploc Bag Method
After seeing a bunch of Pinterest posts about organizing outfits into Ziplocs I’ve tried it on my last three vacations (before discovering MeeBands above). I only did it for my kid’s clothes as Ziploc bags don’t really hold a full adult sized outfit. To be honest, I really hated this method. Ziploc bags are slippery, so it’s impossible to unpack them properly onto a shelf in our destination. It’s also pretty wasteful as the bags often end up getting thrown out at the destination.
I definitely like the roll up outfit idea much better for keeping outfits organized. Fasten with a band and you are good to go. It’s a better space saver in the luggage too!
Pack a Wet Bag
If you are going on a beach vacation, a wet bag is essential! This is great for keeping your wet swimsuits away from the rest of your stuff. If you use reusable swim diapers like we do, it’s also a great place to keep them. The wet bag we use is by Eight Stripes and I love the design. My husband was randomly given this bag on vacation (we didn’t even have a travel blog then) and we have been using it ever since!
Speaking of being Type A, my first aid kit for travel is very ‘all-inclusive’. I come prepared! I pack my first aid kit in wipes containers and I use a pill organizer for the items I bring in my carry-on. This first aid kit has ABSOLUTELY come in handy on almost every vacation I have been on. Someone is bound to get constipated, a stomach bug, a red eye or a bump or cut. I don’t want to be spending hours at a pharmacy or clinic in a foreign country unless I absolutely have too.
Check out my post HERE which details the list of everything you should bring.
Do you love to be organized on vacation? What family packing hacks have you used? Suitcase organisers? Kids packing cubes? Compression bags? Let me know what you loved and didn’t in the comments below!