All our bags are packed and we’re ready to go…

Anyone sing that title in their head? Just me?

I’ve been doing this instagram/blogging/social media thing for about a week and a half. I don’t know what I am doing but I’m loving the learning element and I am really finding most people out there to be supportive and interesting. I have completed 90% of our packing (the last minute stuff like bottles, etc need to wait until literally the last minute). I can honestly say that I am pretty much the most excited I have ever been about our upcoming adventure.

There are a few reasons for this.

  1. It is Harrison’s first time overseas! I can’t believe we waited until he was almost 5 months. Considering he had a bit of a rough start (spent the first month of his life in the NICU) I am happy with waiting but I have been dying to watch a new continent through his eyes.
  2. We haven’t been overseas since last Fall! AHHHH!!! Nothing like an overnight flight and a taste of everything that is wonderful about Europe (WINE, CHEESE!!!) to re-energize you and make you feel alive.
  3. I am going to have so much content! SO.MUCH.CONTENT. I can’t wait to share our experiences with you and to continue this living, breathing record book for my boys to have forever.
  4. My hubs. I get to have him completely when we are away. No work (a few check ins here and there), no odd jobs around the house, no sporting events with his friends. I get to have him all to myself. I know the boys feel this way too.
  5. George. Swimming. That is all. Literally, the boy loves the water and to be able to give him a pool/ocean all day everyday for two whole weeks makes me so happy.

 

What is your favourite part about the pre-trip?

 

I’m not going to lie and say this week has been a dream. I have literally ran non-stop from the moment my feet hit the ground out of bed until I collapse getting everything organized for our trip and for when we get back (back to school, etc). BUT, that being said, the reward is there…dangling in front of me. A glass of vinho verdeĀ and a beautiful sunset in Portugal await!

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Upcoming Trip – Portugal/France/England

Part of the urgency for getting this blog up and going in conjunction with all of the social media sites is some upcoming travel we are doing. Ironically, it has been harder to get on this than anticipated because we’ve been away so much!

Our “big” trip of the summer is approaching and I am focused on being the most efficient packer on the face of the earth (my hubs would say I have a way to go). Packing for myself and my two little guys for just over two weeks isn’t all that bad if I get organized ahead of time.

IMG_8075Some quick tips on what helps when getting ready for a trip like this.

  1. The use of packing cubes! I am new to the packing cube game but it has been a lifesaver this summer. Especially with the arrival of baby #2. Packing cubes keep our things separate and with like items so you don’t have to dig through a whole bag to find your swimsuit!
  2. Three words. Choose. A. Colour. Seems like a rather boring way to live but I really swear by sticking to a colour palate in order to mix and match EVERYTHING. Right now, my boys and I love a little navy. Also inspired by the French flag and our second stop on this trip!
  3. Never enough zip lock bags. I use, reuse, write on them and discard them as needed. Typically I start a trip with everything properly put into the perfect size baggie and labelled nicely. I come home with half as many bags and fill them with clothes that require oxyclean and bottles that need sanitizing. Everything goes into one. (sunscreen, toys, medicine, jewelry, etc).
  4. Lay it all out. I literally lay it all out on an extra bed that we have and set it and come back repeatedly. This way I have the option to edit as I go, drop stuff off as I think of it, etc.
  5. Don’t panic. Unless it is a prescription, a kid or a passport you literally CAN figure it out if you lose it. Even a passport or a prescription (while a pain in the you-know-what) can be replaced. I try not to lose our kids. So far, so good.