Tuesday, June 6, 2017


Erika and Shay shared a some tips yesterday for packing for different vacations depending on destinations. It's a part of a series they have been posting. I recently shared a little about how I pack when we went to Disney World in March. It was a fun way for others to share their tips too!

Erika shared a few beach tips yesterday and I thought that was a GREAT idea! Mark and I have been to the beach before kids, with small children, without children, and as a family with young children as well. We love the beach! It's safe to say for all 4 of us give us sun, sand, and the ocean and we are set for days...

West Palm Beach, FL (2006)

Hawaii 2007

Honeymoon-Hawaii 2008 

Obviously these trips were taken pre-blogs so I don't have posts about the specific trip. I do remember packing for each other these trips though. I was packing only for myself. LOL! Before kids a trip to the beach...when flying to get there...pretty much only needed a towel, a few swimsuits, and a toothbrush. Kidding, but for real we didn't pack much. Our condo had a kitchen and we planned only a few things before we left knowing we wanted to just relax. It was perfect! When flying we had a car  to get us places so if we forgot something it was easy to pick up.

An all girls trip to
Puerto Vallarta, Mexico (2008)

And then there were children...

Gulf Shores, AL 2012 
Wyatt: 2 
Sloane: 6 months 

Gulf Shores, AL 2014
Wyatt: 4
Sloane 2 

We are lucky enough to have friends, the Dumey's, who have a "connection" to an AWESOME place in Gulf Shores, AL. We love it!! It's RIGHT on the beach and it's close to everything. We don't pack many groceries but have a list ready to head to the grocery as soon as we arrive. Thankfully the condo usually already has some condiments ready but there have been times I have gone to the $1 store before a trip and load up on these types of things so we don't feel bad (or like we are wasting $$) when we leave them for the next people. 

As far as packing the suitcases I follow my same routine even if our destination is the beach. I have shared my suitcase packing before. I love some good ziplock bag action. We hang (plus iron) and put away as much as possible when we arrive. We pack a dirty clothes hamper to keep the dirty clothes in  one place. I don't keep dirty and clean separate when packing for the trip home because I am someone who washes everything that I packed. I know, weird and WAY MORE work than necessary but I just can't put clothes like that away. LOL! 

Couple's (Schumey) vacation 2015
New Orleans & Gulf Shores, AL 

When we fly I think I go overboard with baggies. I have had 1 too many things leak or bust in the air...though I do use appropriate bag size when using the baggies. LOL....for example: our vitamins are in the little snack size baggies not large one. ;) 

Picture clothes- This is another thing some would completely laugh at but it's important to me. I like us to coordinate. It's easy to do but I do plan picture clothes ahead of time. 

Just like I plan a trip to the $1 Tree for a few condiments I also take the kids to pick a few beach toys out as well. We DO NOT bring these back. Thanks to being able to walk out condo door onto the beach sand doesn't get in our car. So...we do our best to pick out fun stuff that we can "donate" when we lave. ) 

Daytona Beach, FL 2016
Wyatt: 6
Sloane: 4 

We have a family beach trip planned at the end of this summer and I am SURE it's going to be the BEST. ONE. YET!!! Yahoo for making memories as a family!!! 

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