Planning to go out anywhere with kids can be a real nightmare. Before leaving the house you need to get them dressed, fed, hair brushed, teeth cleaned and ready to leave on time, it is so difficult.
It's requires patience, commitment, coordination and planning. Not forgetting that you also need to pack so you are prepared for any spill, accident, mess, weather etc. You almost end up packing everything bar the kitchen sink and running late more often than not.
There seems to be so many things to consider like toys, dummies, a blanket, hat, bottles, nappies, a change of clothes, food, and the list goes on and on.
I am going to share with you the tips that have really helped me to pack faster, pack more efficiently in order to get out of the house in time and best of all to not over pack. After all why carry around a heavy bag when you don't need to?
Here are my tips:
1) Have another set of essential items- if possible keep some essentials at close family or friends places. If you regularly visit certain people then having some of these things at their place means you don't have to pack them and you know that they will always be there.
2) Write a list- take some time to really sit down and create a list of things you might need to pack when going out with your child/ren. Put the child's name, decorate the page, perhaps your child could decorate it themselves. I laminated mine so it's wipeable and doesn't curl up or rip. Use blu tak or a magnet to hold it up.
Have a list of what you need to help you leave the house on time.
You could even write them under headings such as:
Equipment & back ups
Clothing and pyjamas
I find these headings helpful to remind myself what needs to be added to your list.
3) Display your list- keep a list of the essentials of what you need to pack on your fridge or up on a prominent wall in your house.
4) Prepare the night before- Put out clean clothes to wear, shoes at the front door, packed bags on hooks near the front door ready to go. Make lunches, fill up drink bottles, make sure any equipment needed is packed so you don't have a crazy scramble in the morning to make it out of the house in time.
5) Set a timer: Use a timer that will chime or ring to let each household member know when it's time to get out of the shower, to wake up, to be ready to go at the front door and so on. Even using the timer on your phone or oven works well.
Set a timer so each household member knows they need to get a move on.
These simple but effective tips will get you out of the house on time ready to get to appointments, work, day care or school faster and prepared for the day ahead.
Leaving the house on time without rushing or feeling stressed, sounds good to me. Image source: freedigitalphotos.net
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I have an 'essentials' bag in the car at all times. This bag has a change of clothes, pajamas, nappies, swimmers ana beach towels, sudocreme and bath wash. That way if we are running late or enjoying ourselves, there's no rush to get home as we have everything we need!