Monday, April 30, 2012

Laundry on a Road Trip: Pack an Extra Bag

My final tip for taming the travel laundry beast (see my post on organizing baby laundry here and coming home laundry-free here) is all about keeping tabs on the laundry while on a road trip.

Summer is the perfect time to hit the road for a lengthy vacation. If you're planning to be away for a week or more, the idea of handling all that laundry can be a bit overwhelming. I picked this tip up from my sister, a mom of two who traveled throughout Michigan for a week last summer. They visited several different areas of the state and stayed for a couple of nights in each place. Needless to say, there was a lot of packing and re-packing throughout.

Before they headed north, she threw an extra (empty) duffel bag in the car. As their trip progressed, each morning she put their laundry in that duffel. Then when they got home, it was the first bag she brought into the house and got to work on washing it all.

A few benefits of this method:
  • If you don't have time to unpack every bag upon arriving back home, you can at least get a load in the washer immediately without digging through bags.
  • Your other bags will stay organized and clutter-free throughout the trip. And you'll make room for a few souvenirs, too.
  • You won't have to try and remember which clothes your kids wore and got dirty.
  • The stinky stuff stays contained with the other stinky stuff (especially important in the hot summer).
My sister's beautiful family enjoying their week-long trip in Michigan. Bonus: Everyone is wearing clean clothes!

We're heading up to Michigan for a week this summer, and I can't wait to steal her idea. Thanks for the tip, sis!

This post is a part of Travel Tips Tuesday at Suitcases and Sippy Cups and Walkingon Travels.