My packing plan soothes me

Before kids vacation meant catching up on my reading, laying still on the hot sand and dipping into the water when I wanted to cool down.  It was about going out for dinner and enjoying a few drinks.  It was about sitting by the fire pit talking about life.

It was about rest and relaxation.  A time to unwind and take a break.

Now vacation is... different.  It's action pack and full of movement. It's a little chaotic and hardly goes according to plan.

Planning soothes me.  So when it comes to packing I have my plan down pat and will share it with you today.

1. The Packing Excel Sheet

Make a column per child, yourself, your husband (but make him pack his own stuff you have enough to do), bathroom items, electronics, food, and the ever popular “misc”.  Print the list 2 days before the trip and post it on the fridge.

2.  Kids get one backpack each.

They can bring whatever they want as long as it fits the backpack.  While on vacation, every night the backpack has to be repacked.  Nothing is worse than stepping on toys while ON vacation.  I do that enough at home, thank you very much!

3.  Leave a large empty bag by the door.

When you are on the mad dash to get out the door you will think of a bunch of things that you MUST pack.  Use this miscellaneous bag to pack all last minute items.  When you are packing to head home, use this bag again in the same fashion.

Hope these quick packing tips helps ease the stress of your next vacation!


Liz  is owner of Coach LizzyMc ~ Working Mom Coach.  She is a Certified Professional Coach who coaches Working Moms to overcome their Motherhood Transition Challenges (MTC). She was voted Rookie Coach of the Year in 2013 by the International Coach Federation New England Chapter.

Liz's love for writing, creativity, and helping others fueled her passion to be an author. Liz first book, "Igniting Mommy Energy", released on the first day of summer in 2014. It's available exclusively on

Liz is also a professional blogger and speaker. She writes and speaks about MTCs such as returning from maternity leave, igniting your Mommy Energy, and career advancement.


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