Camping with Kids-Packing the clothes

I hate suitcases in our camper. The home-on-wheels came equipped with plenty of storage so it seems silly to haul around a box filled with our clothes that doesn’t fit in any of those storage compartments. I like to simplify, simplify, simplify. So using a bunch of giant resealable bags (think Ziploc here), I pack up our kids clothes and keep everything organized.

Big bags keep clothes clean and organized.

I came across large resealable bags, like these from Ziploc and decided they would certainly help with the chore of packing and organizing my children’s clothing. Each child gets two bags. I fill one with tops, the other with bottoms (two for each day plus a few warmer clothes in case the weather takes a turn) I slide PJs in one bag and a bathing suit or two in the other. I label them for the child and then load them in the camper. They share an overhead compartment and the bags are separated by a package of diapers each and a winter coat just in case. (Shoes are in a different area of the camper.)

Every day, my husband or I can easily get them dressed and ready to go. PJs can go back in the bags for the next night. At the end of the day, all of the clothes go into a cloth laundry bag that I put in our shower (since we don’t use it for showering).

Laundry totes are awesome for storing the entire trip's dirty laundry.

The plastic bags help keep all the clothes clean. I see dirt everywhere when we are camping and sometimes if it’s damp outside, to me, everything feels damp. In the bags, the clothes stay fresh and clean. Not to mention they don’t fall all over the place while we hunt down a specific shirt or pair of pants from the stack. Each child’s clothes stay together nicely. By the time we get home, any unused clothes can be easily put in drawers. And since all of the dirty clothes are already in a bag, I carry them into the basement and sort them to wash right away.

All this and no heavy suitcase to take with us, no clothes to sort through when we get home, no mingling of the clean and dirty clothes.

Nice and efficient. Just the way I like it.

Courtney Lawless

Courtney is the traveling mom! She has 3 girls and is the founder of Detroit Mommies and currently lives in Florida. You can follow her on Twitter @courtneyRVL.

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