Since our eldest was three months old, we have been taking trips. Day trips, long road trips, plane trips. Back then, it didn’t take much to throw a bag together and go. Now, we have 5 kids, and with the addition of each child, things have gotten more challenging. When our eldest was three months, we travelled by car for 14 hours to my husband’s family, where we flew out on a 4 1/2 hour flight to my family, where we borrowed my dad’s truck to drive 24 hours to Florida, then we reversed it all to get home. Seems like such an easy feat now that we have more kids! With a 19 month old and a 5 month old, we flew again to Virgina and drove down to Florida. We had two more kids and made several road trips with all of them, and a flight back to my family. We just spent the month of December flying down from the Northwest Territories to Florida again, going to Disney World and Aquatica and visiting family. While I was 6 months pregnant. Over Christmas. At the time, our kids were 2, 3, 5 and 6.
Yup! But we did it anyway. The planning, the packing, the vehicle rental, the stroller and ar seats, and driving 20 hours to get to the airport from home, and back after the trip was over. With four sick people on the car ride home (including me).
We tend to pack WAY too much stuff. It’s really hard to get around that though, when you have a bunch of kids!
Now, however, I’m about to embark on another trip to go spend the summer with my family. Unfortunately, my husband has to stay behind to work. Fortunately, though, my mom has been staying with us for three months, and can fly home to Ontario with me! She came for the birth of our fifth baby, and stayed to help, then stayed longer once I decided to go for a visit. (I have no idea how I’m getting home yet, by myself on 2 planes and in 2 airports with a stroller, luggage and my five kids including a baby! But that’s another story!)
So now begins the packing process. Being that you have to now pay for each piece of checked luggage, I have vowed to bring as little as possible with me. It will also make it easier to get the luggage in the van for the 10 hour road trip it will take to get to the airport, and save us the hassle of where to put it all when we reach our destination.
Today I’ll be starting to fill our suitcases with clothes, cloth diapers, baby items, toiletries, cameras, and other necessary “stuff”. I’ll keep you updated on how it goes, and pass along any tips and advice I find helpful, because I KNOW there are many of you out there who need to find solutions to packing problems for large families!!