Going Away for the Holidays? 5 Tips for Stress-free Family Holiday Packing

Packing for the whole family can present its own challenges. These five simple tips can help make the process easier.

Being away from home for the holidays can be a luxury and greatly anticipated by all, but getting everyone packed and ensuring everyone is looking smart and festive can be quite a challenge for mums. Here are some tips to guide you through, and make the process a little easier:

1. Start with the basics

These are your day-to-day clothes and other items. Start by making a list of basics: from socks and underwear to toothbrush and toothpaste. Set all these aside day, and work on some basic outfits: for the kids estimate about two a day, allowing for spills and stains that cannot be removed while you’re on the road. Don’t forget nightwear for everyone! Use key items, like jeans, that can be worn more than once, to mix and match a few outfits.

2. Holiday outfits

Pick these special items well in advance and get them ready with time to spare. Keep your white shirts sparkling, with this handy Ariel guide and your colours vibrant by following these simple tips. Iron and fold carefully before you pack, to avoid wrinkling and creases on any of your favourite festive items.

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3. Leave time for washing and drying

Remember, certain materials, like cotton and wool will take longer to dry, so start the preparation early and leave time for both washing and drying. Once dry do not return clothes to the children’s wardrobe if you don’t want to find it stained the day before you leave! Store things together and away from reach, before you start the packing process.

4. Keep it fresh

Keep your clothes smelling lovely for longer with Ariel Washing Liquid with a Touch of Febreze. This way, when you reach your destination and unpack your clothes will still smell freshly washed and ready to be worn.

5. Pack a laundry bag (or two)

Keeping your dirty clothes separate from your freshly-washed and fragrant clean ones is a must! Pack a separate bag that will serve as a dirty laundry bag - ideally two or three to separate your washes as you would do at home. Once you’re back at base, you can them pop them into the machine as they are, without wasting time sorting them again.

What are your top tips family packing in the festive season? What are your must have items that you cannot travel without?

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