#4 on our Summer of Organized Travel is my least favorite, Packing.Though it is essential, it doesn't have to be difficult:
Make a list before you begin, even if it's just a general outline of what you'll need. This works especially well with older kids who are capable of packing for themselves if they have a little guidance. Such as:
3 short sleeve shirts
-Also, roll up your clothes to fit more into your suitcase.
-Bring extra plastic bags and be amazed at how often they come in handy (think: leaky shampoo bottles, snacks, wet clothes, laundry).
-Choose only a few pairs of shoes that can multitask.
-Always pack clothing that can be layered between indoor and outdoor venues.
-Bring clothes in complementary colors that you can mix & match for more outfit choices.