Packing for a year!

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So one of the most common things that comes up when we tell people we are travelling with three children for a year, is how much luggage we’ll be taking. We are used to packing light anyway as we travelled a lot before and I hate having too much stuff with us (probably because I lose stuff or leave things places A LOT). Having said that, it wasn’t an easy task and we did a lot of rearranging and sorting out. 

What we have

  • 2 large pull along suitcases (Carpisa)
  • 2 rucksacks (Herschel)
  • 2 Trunki booster seat backpacks
  • 1 toddlet carseat
  • 1 travel cot

How it works

The two rucksacks are for hand luggage when travelling (nappies, snacks, books, passports, phones etc) and then for days out once we are settled.

Arthur and Eirlys each have a Trunki booster seat that they carry as hand luggage and they hold the kids’ cuddly toys, a couple of toy cars and a travel set of Connect 4!

Then everything else goes in the suitcases. We decided to buy packing cubes after our first pack-unpack-repack in France and it took ages and I was going crazy – we bought PRO Packing Cubes off Amazon. I wasn’t sure if they would make a difference as surely everything has to still be put somewhere, right? But they have been AWESOME! It makes everything so much easier to pack, keep organized and then unpack again. 

We have also left a bag in Wales which has some winter clothes for when we are back at Christmas. We might need to squeeze some of that warm stuff in the suitcases for the first part of 2020 when we head to LA, Vegas and Sedona in February. 

What’s in there

  • Kitchen bits: kids plates, cups and cutlery, porridge sachets, UK teabags.
  • Medical kit: Calpol, eyedrops, plasters, insect cream, antibacterial cream, kids vitamins, mosquito repellent, immodium, Eirlys’ eye patches
  • Miscellaneous: travel games, wires, USB sticks, adaptors, chargers, laptops, iPad, sunglasses/glasses
  • Home school: blank exercise books, stationery, whiteboards, sticker books
  • General toiletries, suncream, wet wipes, hair stuff 
  • 1 towel, 1 baby duvet, 2 ‘bags for life’, travel baby sling 
  • Arthur: 5 t-shirts, 2 long sleeved tops, 1 shirt, 1 jumper, 3 shorts, 1 trousers, 1 rash vest, 2 swim shorts, hat, trainers, sandals, underwear and socks
  • Eirlys: 3 dresses, 3 t-shirts, 1 long sleeved top, 1 jumper, 2 shorts, 1 skirt, 1 rash vest, 1 swimsuit, hat, trainers, sandals, underwear and socks
  • Bertie: 5 t-shirts, 1 shirt, 1 jumper, 2 shorts, 2 trousers, 1 rash vest, 1 swim shorts, 1 swim nappy, life jacket, hat, trainers, sandals, nappies and socks, sleeping bag
  • Lydia: 4 t-shirts, 2 crop tops, 2 short dresses, 3 long dresses, 1 skirt, 1 shorts, 2 trousers, 1 jacket, 1 scarf, 2 bikinis, 1 beach cover up, hat, trainers, sandals, underwear and socks, jewellery roll 
  • Tom: 3 t-shirts, 4 vests, 3 shirts, 2 shorts, 1 trousers, 2 swim shorts, hat, 3x trainers, sandals, underwear and socks

We have been travelling in some way for just over 10 weeks now and there are already some bits we haven’t needed and a few things we have realised we did need. Like the travel cot, we originally packed a bed guard in the hope we could sort something out for Bertie but he just didn’t want to sleep! 

Our biggest tips

  • pack an “emergency food”, like the porridge sachets for if you can’t get hold of a meal they will all eat
  • bring stuff to make sure you all sleep well – like the cot and sleeping bag for B Bear – no one wants to explore new places on no sleep
  • you can always buy new clothes on the road so don’t panic about not having enough, stick to the basics

 

 

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