{Travel} Packing for a toddler

So here we are, 2 sleeps before our family holiday to Vietnam. Our first overseas trip since our daughter was born.

We are travelling for 2 weeks through 4 different cities in Vietnam, 2 long haul flights from Australia, 2 internal flights in Vietnam, 2 three hour bus trips, a 2 night cruise & lots of walking, eating & dodging crazy traffic. So what do you pack?

Being a warm climate, we can at least pack light with clothes. It’s not a fancy place, so casual works just fine for all 3 of us. For miss 16 months, all the basics…t-shirts, shorts, onesies, a light cotton dress, swimmers, pjs. Enough outfits for each day of holiday plus 2 as toddlers are messy. Then the usual baby stuff… Enough nappies for each day. I packed mostly pull ups as I am not sure how clean facilities outside of the resorts. Baby wipes, sunscreen, bug spray, hat, shoes, socks, jacket, disposable bibs, teething gel, kids plastic cutlery, plate & bowl, sippy cup, toys, food.

There’s supposed to be plenty of baby food in Vietnam but to be sure, I am taking lots of familiar snacks and a few baby food pouches for meals on the run. When a child is tired and over stimulated in a new place, having some home comforts will go a long way.

To make life easier I have made snack packs in sandwich bags. Each sandwich bag has a variety of my daughters favourite snacks like muesli bars, dried fruit, risks, crackers etc. I’ve made about 5 of these bags up and put one in our carry on, day bag, and a few in the suitcase. One will be for the trip back home, all ready to go. I also packed all the food pouches in a seperate sandwich bag in case they burst. And all of the meal related items are in a bigger bag so everything is tougher.

At places like Ikea you can get packs of travel organiser bags. This is how I have made our lives easier. Each type of item is in a separate bag inside our suitcases. All our daughters clothes are in one, each of our swimmers in another, our pjs, plus hubby & I have one for each of our undies, tops & bottoms. It makes so much of a difference to staying organised while travelling.

We will also have a portable high chair which is fabric and hooks over the back of a chair and straps them in, plus our ergo baby carrier (which is a new addition just for the trip… Here’s hoping our daughter is ok with spending time in it).

I’m sure there’s other things I’ve forgotten to mention but those are the basics for our first big trip with a toddler.

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{Organisation} A List for Everything

I will admit that I have always liked a good to do list. There is a great sense of accomplishment with crossing an item off of that list… and better still, crossing that final item off and throwing it in the bin. Although I will admit also that I do not always get to that last item or two on the list. It seems I like to throw in one or two mega tasks that I know I won’t be achieving in the near future… just for fun or something!

It seems these days to do lists are even more important. There was once a time when I was extremely organised and had an impeccable memory. A to list was not really a necessity back then. Times have changed. I think it is affectionately referred to as mummy brain by most. I am a believer that it may actually be a real thing.

No longer can I do things just because I remember to do them. Now a list is necessary for  me to keep at it and get things done. I forget some really unexpected things these days so the lists are a safe option.

At the moment I have a list that has about 30 items on it, none of which I managed to cross off today. Oops! That list has some big things on it and a lot of smaller things, many relating to our upcoming overseas holiday. But I find writing it down does give me a sense of commitment to completing most of the tasks compared to if it was just one of those things you will get around to one day.

And with my plan to simplify and declutter my life, the list is a vital tool in achieving that goal, one baby step at a time! So I think I might go check out that list right this minute and see how many of those items I can tick off at almost 11pm on a Tuesday night 😉

Procraftination

Here you are thinking I am speaking gibberish with that title but I assure you it is a real thing.

Like procrastination, but relation to creative unproductively specifically. In my case, it’s the act of starting a trillion new projects before finishing just one.

It never used to be this way. At least not when I was just a plain old paper scrapbooker & card maker. But then I turned to digital Scrapbooking & project life as well. And now this year begun that journey of learning how to sew. So there it is that I have a little bit of each craft on the go at once. And aside from the crafting mess occupying my office, dining table & living area, there’s the housework neglect. No time for cleaning when there’s all these fun things to make.

But as a part time professional, small business owner & mummy to a toddler, the procraftination is taking its toll.

So here begins my mammoth to do list towards achieving a clutter free, organised house. I imagine if I eventually manage it, everything will feel a little more harmonious. Less wading through clutter, or trying to find misplaced stuff, less cringing at the mess & a whole lot more time to do the fun things & finish projects 😉

What are your organisation tips?

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