Re-packing everything back up again after a family holiday is a bit of a nightmare…
Somehow, despite my best efforts, all of our vast amounts of child and baby paraphernalia always end up all over our holiday accommodation! Re-packing can be an total nightmare, especially when there’s a certain little monster taking it all back out again. Sigh.
For me, having some sort of re-packing system is the only way to retain my sanity- here are some top tips I find really useful!
Before you set off, pop your holiday packing list in the case so that you can refer to it again when re-packing begins
Contain the children! Seriously this is super important- get hubby to take them down to reception or the pool, sit them on a bed with some games to play with, do what you need to be able to do your final pack without interruption!
Start with your valuables- you’ll be kicking yourself if you accidentally forget these, which is easy to do if you’ve stashed them in a hotel safe or something similiar.
Begin by checking the bathrooms- look out for pesky toothbrushes, swimwear hanging up, toiletries hiding in the shower etc. (And if there are freebies, you might as well take them whilst you’re there right??)
Work your way systematically around the rooms, not forgetting the pool area or garden
Move on to any travel cots you’ve used- is teddy lurking in the bottom? Sneaky dummy stuffed in a corner?
Check under the beds and shake out the sheets in case anything is wrapped up in them
Check through all the cupboards, drawers and wardrobes. If there are high shelves, reach right to the back just in case anything has slid back there- I once left behind my go-to favourite (non baby sick stained!!!) skirt as a result of this, I’ve still not got over the trauma…
Double check you haven’t left any adapters or chargers plugged in and check the fridge for anything important you might have forgotten
If you seem to be returning with more than you brought out (curse you, duty free and reasonably priced tourist shops!!) bring as many souvenirs back in your hand luggage as possible. Can your toddler sit on the plane in a novelty sombrero? Yes, yes she can.