Packing Tip: Use Travel Folders


Disclosure: I was provided with one of  Dot&Dot’s Travel Folders to facilitate this review. All opinions and ideas are my own.

I like to think of myself as an expert on travel packing. It helps that I have a healthy dose of OCD and a strong desire to really relax and have fun when we travel. I do NOT want not spend precious time looking for something in our bags or spending extra money to buy something we forgot. Every item has its place and I can usually direct my husband with 100% accuracy to  exactly where he can find any item he needs for himself or the kids. Over the years I have tried a variety of travel bags, packing accessories, and different approaches. I always love trying something new especially if I think it will improve upon what we are already doing. I am very excited to tell you that my new favorite travel essentials are travel folders from Dot & Dot Travel Accessories. In fact, I love these travel folders so much I have already ordered more.

Simle and Easy Family Packing Tips using Dot and Dot Travel Folders

Pack things in smaller separate bags 

One tried and true practice is to pack things in smaller separate bags.  This cuts down on everyone rifling through each others stuff and getting things disheveled and disorganized. We often use smaller bags for each family member. Sometimes I even pack two bags for each family member, one with clothing and one with pajamas. Sometimes and this is where the OCD really kicks in I may even pack a third or fourth small bag for specific activities. For example if I know we are going to the pool then I may pack small bags for each person with a swimsuit, towel, and googles etc. Usuallly when I do this my husband and I can share a bag but the kids get their own. This is also a great way to have the kids take some responsibility and be self directed. They can grab their individual bags and take care of their own belongings. Dot & Dot travel folders and travel cubes are the perfect way to sseparate everyone’s stuff. I love that the have a mesh window pn all the bags so you can quickly see what is inside.

Assign each family member a color

This way you can pack each family member separate bags, one for clothes, one for pajamas, one for toiletries etc but all their bags will be the same color so you can easily tell whose is whose. Bonus: You also know who to call when someone’s stuff needs to be picked up. Dot & Dot travel accessories come in a variety of colors.

Put smaller bags inside larger bags 

Give everyone their own suitcase for all of their individual bags. This makes it easier to carry everything from the car to your hotel room. Bonus:If you have big kids they can carry all their own stuff. Smaller children can easily pull behind a suitcase on wheels. Why should the parents be the only ones doing the work to get everyone happily settled for vacation.

Empty Dot and Dot travel folder

Pack an extra travel folder or two

Dot & Dot travel folders fold up flat so you can easily pack an extra one. This will give you extra space to bring home souvenirs and mementos from your trip.

As always safe travels. Share your favorite packing accessories with us below!

Other Packing and Travel Tips:

What to pack for Great Wolf Lodge

Traveling with Tweens

How to Organize you Glove Box

Battleship USS Missouri Memorial

Most people know to check out Pearl Harbor and the United States Ship (USS) Arizona when they visit Oahu, Hawaii, but did you know you could find even more history at Pearl Harbor? The USS Missouri, where the Japanese signed their unconditional surrender, is docked in Pearl Harbor for visitors to come aboard for tours and exploration.

Most people know to check out Pearl Harbor and the USS Arizona when they visit Hawaii, but did you know you could find even more history? You can also visit the USS Missouri.

The USS Missouri was lunched on January 29, 1944 and is the last battleship ever built. It was the third US Navy ship to be named after the Show Me state and the fourth warship to bear the name. There was a Confederate Missouri that was captured by Union forces during the Civil War, but never commissioned as USS. It was used as a Navy Battleship from WWII to Operation Desert Storm.

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When Mommy Travels

I am embarking on a trip overseas the problem is my kids aren’t happy I am leaving. I am however, still going but I thought about it and decided there is something I could do to make my departure a little less upsetting. I usually call daily or Facetime my family when I travel but when you go overseas with the hour changes and my schedule it does become increasing difficult. I know how hard it is to be the parent at home with children who want to talk to the parent away and they aren’t reachable. I spent years dealing with this very issue and the resolution is to do something for the children so they know the parent that is traveling is thinking of them. I need a way for my kids to feel special and loved when mommy travels. 

When mommy travels she writes love notes to her children

This is the idea I came up with I would write them notes one for each day and I would leave them for them to open. I decided on some days there would be little gifts and other day just cute notes. I am of course a teacher so I am going to provide facts about the places I am visiting and I may even find website urls that the children can visit so they can also see what I am experiencing. I have three children so by the end of my trip they will have learned 30 facts and will have received 10 letters each since my trip is ten days.

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Pearl Harbor: USS Arizona Memorial

One of the most famous things to do on the Island of Oahu is to visit Pearl Harbor and the USS Arizona Memorial. It is a great place to visit for so many different reasons. Maybe you know someone who served or a family member who died there. It could be possible you have no connection to the place at all except that you learned about it when you were in grade school and know it is where the United States’ journey to World War Two began. No matter what your desire is to visit, I highly recommend the trip.

One of the most famous things to do on the Island of Oahu is to visit Pearl Harbor and the USS Arizona Memorial. It is a great place to visit for so many...

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Los Angeles Zoo

The Los Angeles Zoo is located at the Northeast corner of Griffith Park in Los Angeles. The Zoo has so many different exhibits and animals to see, but the exhibit I enjoyed most was seeing one of the newest members of the LA Zoo, a baby hippo. There were also a number of new animals throughout the park, which made for a fun day.

 The Los Angeles Zoo is located at the Northeast corner of Griffith Park in Los Angeles. The Zoo has so many different exhibits and animals to see, but the exhibit I enjoyed most was seeing one of the newest members of the LA Zoo, a baby hippo. There were also a number of new animals throughout the park, which made for a fun day.

 

You can spend a full day at the LA Zoo. There are so many different animals to see and as we walked around seeing bears, birds, monkeys and more we made our way to the back of the park where we found a huge playground and picnic area perfect for lunch. There were kids running all over the place and enjoying the slides and water fountain. It was an unexpected addition to the zoo making it a perfect place to stop and enjoy a snack and take a break and then get moving again.

Baby Hippos at the Los Angeles Zoo

There were also a number of hands on exhibit booths set up throughout the park. So besides getting to go into a petting zoo to see goats and sheep up close we were able to pet a rabbit and a snake.

There are also a few extra excursions you can be a part of depending on the day. Children over 4 can get up close and feed a rhinoceros. There is also a train that does a circle tour around the park to give you a quick view of everything to see throughout the park. Coming up in March. Elmo and friends will be visiting the park and their show will be included in admission. You can check out their website to see the latest events and find out any other questions you may have.

Other Great Zoos to Visit:

Columbus Zoo and Aquarium

Fresno Chaffee Zoo