I've started to pack and frankly, I do not hate packing. I don't have a very good system, but I am the type to overpack, rather than the light packer. I pack my sons' things separately. They have their own backpacks. When they were younger, I pack all of our things in one big bag, but now that they're older, it's nice to have them be responsible for their things for a change.
I put all their clothes in a plastic bag before putting them inside their backpacks. This way, it doesn't look too cluttered. The plastic bag will then be used after when their clothes are all dirty.
These are the things I packed for an overnight trip:
- 2 shirts
- 1 shorts
- swimming trunks ( for when they want to swim)
- 2 undies
- hankies/face towel
I also pack their small bags which carry their car essentials like their mp3 players, headphones, candies, hankies, etc.
Of course, we also need to bring toiletries. I usually reuse the kit that came from my hospital stays. The bag that comes with it is made of plastic so it's a little waterproof. There's:
- toothpaste and toothbrushes
- soap (Dove for Anton because he's allergic to anything else)
- shampoo and conditioner
- feminine wash
I also bring medicines like Biogesic for fever, and Dialix for Anton's allergies. I also have plastic bags in my own small bag so whenever the kids feel like barfing from the long car drive, I'm ready! One of the most important items now are chargers! I have to remember to bring our gadget chargers.
Food and drinks are also essential with a long drive like this. I usually bring biscuits, sandwiches, and water or the kids' fave drinks
For tips on packing, you may read these:
How to Pack Light by Travelista
Packing Smart by Rick Steves
Watch this video from Heathrow.