Why All Moms Need a Master Packing List

Why all moms need a master packing list

As the holiday season approaches, you’ll likely be spending some time traveling, visiting friends and family. Remembering what to pack for you and your family, along with any presents and toys, can be overwhelming. On one of our first trips with our kid, we got about a mile from the house when my husband asked if I had put in the Pack and Play bed. Whoops! A quick 5-minute detour was much easier than trying to figure out the sleeping situation at bedtime that night. But keeping a master list of vacation items would have been even better.

Since then, I keep a master list of everything we could need on a vacation:

  • Diapers/Wipes/Desitin
  • Deodorant
  • Pajamas and clothes
  • Sippy cup
  • Toothbrush/toothpaste
  • Swimsuits

If we are going somewhere without a pool, I cross off the swimsuits. Kid staying at grandparents, I cross off the adult stuff.

In the week leading up to the trip, keep the list out so you can add any additional items you may need, such as Uncle Joe’s Christmas present or the book Aunt Judy lent you last year. 

Having a master list prepared in advance will save you time scrambling at the last minute. And ensure that you never forget that Pack and Play!

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