This viral ‘packing hack’ for kids is a game-changer for all family vacations

If you’ve ever traveled with kids, then you’re likely very familiar with the hell that is packing and organizing everything you need to bring along for your kids. Especially because you know that no matter how meticulous you are when putting everything together, the minute you arrive at your destination those suitcases are going to look like a bomb went off.

Needless to say, this “packing hack” for going on vacation with your kids is, without question, the solution to all of the above.

Stephanie, a mom who goes by @betterwithchardonnay on TikTok, shared the packing hack on her account recently, and it’s no wonder the video blew up.

So what’s the trick? One of those cheap, plastic, over-the-door shoe organizers. YEP.

“Lay out every single outfit per day, roll it up, and throw it into each one of those little slots,” she explains. “I am using one organizer to pack for two toddlers on a six-day trip.”

Because kids’ clothes are so small, this is honestly genius. And you can use all the remaining slots for any other small items or toiletries, roll it alllllll up, and jam that thing into a bag or suitcase. And voilà! There it goes, and there it can stay for the duration of your trip.

The packing hack was a hit in the comments section, too.

This is how I do my kids clothes every day. It hangs on their doors and they pick out which outfit to wear. No messy dressers.

This is genius! I spend so much time coordinating outfits to just have my husband grab random stuff out of the suitcase to change them.

I did this with gallon bags 10 years ago when we went to Disney. Kids could pick their outfit and in the bag

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Carolyn Hax: Sister wants guests at family’s annual beach vacation


Dear Carolyn: My sister and I live in different states but our families spend every Christmas together and take a beach trip to the same beach every year for the past 16 years. These occasions are the highlight of our and our kids’ year. Sometimes the beach is one week, sometimes two. This year it’s one because of college schedules and the soaring cost of vacation rentals.

My sister mentioned that she wanted her best friend (who lives in her same town) to come for a night. I said sure — it will be my sister’s birthday that night as well, and we have one extra bedroom. Then she mentioned that it’s actually her best friend plus the friend’s college friend and his daughter, who are going through some sort of tough time. When I said we wouldn’t have enough bedrooms, she said her best friend planned to camp on the lawn.

I am trying to succinctly identify what about this bothers me most so that I can try to address it, but am struggling. I am pretty sure I can shut down the camping on the lawn, as I’m confident it’s a violation of the lease agreement I signed — the friend can sleep on a couch or something if this all transpires. I think what probably bugs me most is that my sister is choosing to spend time with her best friend (and two complete strangers?), a friend she sees nearly every day at home, during a short window we have for our families to be together.

I think maybe a lesser concern is that I know the burden will fall to me to cook for and clean up after these people. When I asked my sister exactly what the plan was, so

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