Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Taming the Laundry Beast: Munchkin Baby Laundry Bag

Two of my favorite family travel bloggers, Keryn from Walkingon Travels and Jessica from Suitcases and Sippy Cups, have teamed up to launch a new weekly roundup of travel blog posts, called Travel Tip Tuesday. I can't wait to read the tips they'll share, as well as those from other travelers.

For the next few weeks, I'm offering a few ideas to help tame one of the dreaded travel challenges: the laundry!

(Hey, it's not glamorous, but wouldn't you rather be flipping through all the great photos you took instead of staring at mountains of laundry upon coming home from vacation?)

I've mentioned that a few weeks ago Munchkin sent me some travel products to put to the test while my family is out and about on various adventures. We've now used the Munchkin Baby Laundry Bag* on two trips, and I'm a big fan. At first I thought it looked like another unnecessary baby item, but it has saved me several minutes during trip packing, unpacking, re-packing, and then unpacking again at home, and if you're like me, a few minutes here and there is priceless.

On our trip to Florida, we checked one big suitcase with all the clothes that my husband, both Arrows, and myself needed for five days. I used the Munchkin bag to store the Arrows' socks and Big Arrow's underwear so that they wouldn't get lost among all the bigger clothes and would be easy to find in the bag upon arrival. Such an easy tool to keep a big bag organized.

And guess what? We didn't lose a single baby sock on that trip. (Which is more than I can say for a typical week around home.)

On our trip to Chicago last weekend, when we left Big Arrow at home and traveled only with Little Arrow (more on this to come!), we packed all the clothes he would need in the Munchkin bag, along with a container of wipes, some baby food and bib. Then all his dirty laundry went back in it when we packed to come home. Yesterday as I was starting our laundry, I knew exactly which of his clothes to throw in the wash.

Little Arrow's wardrobe for a trip to Chicago

So whether you use Munchkin's bag or just find a small laundry bag of your own liking, I highly recommend utilizing this type of system for the youngest travelers to keep track of all their itty bitty laundry. And beyond the organizational benefit, I like the idea that the inevitable really yucky baby laundry mess would be more contained, and the other items in a suitcase would be protected from any unfortunate "incidents."

More laundry tips to come over the next few weeks!

This post is a part of Travel Tips Tuesday at Walkingon Travels/Suitcases and Sippy Cups and Things I Love Thursday at Be The Difference.

*Links to my Amazon Affiliate account. A small portion of any sales made through these links will come back to support this blog, but this does not in any way increase the cost of purchase for you.

Disclaimer: I received a complimentary Munchkin Baby Laundry Bag to review. All opinions expressed are my own.