BabyWise Master Lists + LOOKING UP LINK-UP

This weeks post is very busy.  Not only is it a portion of the Baby Wise Friendly Network and their contributions on parenting; but it also is my first Looking Up Link-Up post.

If you are a parent who enjoys taking your family on outings, I  hope you will find something useful in this post that will help with packing & planning.  If you are here from another blog please don’t leave without scrolling to the end of this post and adding a link to your own blog.  This will create more exposure for you and a fun network of learning & sharing what each of us has to offer.

Here is today’s post about summer fun & master lists; how organizing your pre-packing will make any day trip or overnight stay just a bit more comfortable.
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This week we went on a summer outing that we all were very much looking forward to.
Once a year they have a big air show a few hours from us and since we all love the excitement of aviation; we could hardly wait to get there!

Unfortunately the day didn’t go near as we had envisioned.

5 hours of pouring rain, no outside shelter, everything soaked, the show was delayed for 3 hours as we wilted.  The kids were crying, I was crying…on the inside.  Needless to say, it was a disaster.  All I kept thinking, as we were sitting in the middle of the downpour holding our umbrellas statistically to form a canopy as a shelter, was that I really needed to make a master packing list for trips such as these.

Years ago, I created a Master Grocery List; it included anything and everything that I could possibly use in my home.  It covered Lima beans to light bulbs and everything in between.  It has a suggested number of those items I would need in order to be “stocked up” and as I got ready to go to the store I would print off my Master List, look at each item and determine how many I needed based on my “stocked” ideal number.

Many things, such as fresh fruit, I knew that I would need regularly; other things such as canned tomatoes, I would place a small number next to it, telling me how many I needed in order to replace what I had used.  It became a convenient way to shop and make sure that I didn’t miss a thing.  As I’m dripping from the storm lagging on overhead, with 2 boys sitting in dirty diapers and no dry place to change them, my daughter “starving” for something to eat (which was impossible due to the ATM crashing and now out of order) and water up to our ankles…I day-dreamed of my Master Packing List and what I could have possibly packed in order to make this experience more comfortable.

What if I made a list that was similar to the grocery list and on it was items for day trips along with over-nighters?  Whenever we decided to go anywhere, for any length of time, I could simply print it off and circle all the items I would need according to where we were going, length of stay, activities, & weather.  Then I would at least be as prepared as I could be.

I went home and compiled a list of what I thought may be helpful to us…
Here is the list I came up with; if you find it helpful please copy & paste it to a Word document and use at home for your family  πŸ™‚

MASTER PACKING LIST

FOOD

Drinks
Cooler
 Ice Packs/Loose Ice
Thermal Carrier
Coffee Travel Mugs
Water Bottles
Baby Bottle/Sippy Cup
Milk/Formula
Snack Foods (Carrots, Apples, Granola, Chips)
Case of Water
Medication/Vitamins/Supplements/Oils
  

TRANSPORTATION

Double Stroller/Single Stroller
Light Blanket to cover stroller if needed
Car Seat Cover

OVERNIGHT

Diapers & Wipes
Blanket & Pillow
Playpen & Sheet
Deodorant
Make-Up Bag
Hair Products
Toothpaste/Brush
Hair Brush/Comb/Hair Dryer/Straightener
Towels/Washcloths/Loofah
Q-Tips
Nail Clippers & Tweezers
Soap/Shampoo/Conditioner
Rubber Bands/Head Bands/Bobby Pins/Barrettes
Shaving Cream/Razor
Facial Cleanser/Moisturizer/Oils
Laundry Soap/Fabric Softener
Feminine Products
  

CLOTHING

 Play Clothes
Church Clothes
Extra Outfits
Socks/Underwear/Bras
Sweatshirt/Sweats
Pants/Capri’s/Shorts 
T-Shirts/Tanks/Long Sleeve
Casual Sweater
 Jacket
Sandals/Flip Flops
Boots/Shoes
Pajamas/Slippers/Robe
Hat
Jewelry
  

EXTRAS

Notebook & Pens/Pencils
Art pack for kids (crayons, colored pencils, etc.)
Facial Tissue
Ziploc bags
Wal-Mart Sacks for wet clothes, trash, dirties…etc.
Lip Balm
Insect Repellent or alternative (Tea Tree Oil)
Glasses/Sun Glasses
Shower Shoes
Flashlight/Lighter or Matches
Toilet Paper
Travel Games/Movies
Camera/Video Camera
Ear Plugs
Hand Sanitizer
Sports Gear
Reading Material
1st Aid Kit
Calendar
Handheld Vacuum & Charger for vehicle
Nursing Cover 

WEATHER

Umbrella
Sunscreen or alternative
$1 Poncho from Walmart
Fold Up Chairs
Tent
 Blow-Up Mattress
Camping Supplies
Swimsuits/Trunks
Little Swimmers
Floaters
Goggles
   

COMMON NECESSITIES

Cash
Laptop & Charger
Phone & Charger
Wallet/Driver’s License
Itinerary/Maps
Medical Info/Emergency Numbers
Business Cards
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 I hope this is at least a good start of something you can use at home.  I’m sure you may want to tweak it and add or move categories.  I am certain that it will be a great resource to me the next time we venture out as a family.
I was thankful that finally the airshow was able to start and as the clouds faded & the rain simmered down we were able to get a few photos; next time we will be more prepared and surely enjoy ourselves a bit more.

Now it’s time for our 1st of many Looking Up Link-Up

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Comments

  1. Great ideas!! With 5 kids this is something I really should do to help with organization and planning. Plus my sanity!! Thanks also for the link-up! Blessings to you!

  2. My momma is a big list maker too. πŸ™‚ She'd love this. Thank you so much for sharing, what an awesome idea πŸ˜€

  3. I've been using my packing list for years and LOVE it. It makes it so much easier to go places, feeling secure that I've got what I've needed. I've had to tweek it through the years, adding things, removing things, but basically the structure still works. Thanks for sharing!

  4. Thanks for sharing this list! It will definitely help with planning πŸ™‚

  5. I so appreciate this list! Thanks for sharing πŸ™‚

  6. Great list of info, it would be very helpful. I had to prepare one for a trip to China, and due to weight I had to be choosy what I packed.
    Thanks for hosting the party.
    Enjoy your weekend!
    Karren

  7. Such a shame it rained for the show. Sounds like your packing list will cover all eventualities.

  8. I love the idea of having a master Packing List, think I might have a go at making one up later.

  9. Great idea, I always do a new post whenever I go on holiday I think I need a master list x

  10. That list is awesome! So complete. Have bookmarked this for when we need to go on tips esp long ones! #countrykids

  11. Great list! I always forget something no matter how careful I am to bring everything;p this list will help:) Linking up with you at mama moments monday!

  12. I always make a list when I know we are going away. And as they are packed, they get crossed off. It is so helpful & has minimized things being forgotten. I think this is my first time here so … "Nice to meet you!" πŸ™‚

  13. Love finding new link ups. I am super bad about remembering to get back to them but I will pin your linky.

  14. Happy to join your new linkup this week. I found you from Titus 2 Tuesday. Thank you for sharing your packing list with us. I'm always googling for those before a trip.

  15. Great ideas and so helpful for a Mom in the thick of it. I'm just a little down the road from there, and it's crazy. I never thought I'd be past that stage where you have to pack so much to get out the door each time. haha Thanks for sharing with #RaRaLinkup today!

  16. Oh, bless you. I remember those days when planning an outing took such care. This looks like a very helpful tool! Now that my boys are teenagers, we have regained a certain amount of spontaneity. But not completely …

  17. Amy, this is an awesome list and one I'll keep in mind as we venture to travel this summer! Also, so excited for you and this link-up.

  18. Great idea, Amy. I used to have a master grocery list too. I would go through and check the list to know exactly what I needed at the store. Thank you, Amy, for sharing your heart at #IntentionalTuesday on Intentionally Pursuing. : )

  19. A good list. It's so lovely how events in our lives inspire us to come up with such useful ideas. This is definitely a list to look through and customise for one's own use.

    Glad I found your link-up too; I've pinned it to my free ad blog beauties Thur board. I'll perhaps join in sometime. God bless you and your family real good. πŸ™‚ #WeekendBlogHop

  20. Oh, how I remember the days. Being a mom of littles is a lot of work.
    Great idea to have that list prepared so all you have to do is circle what you need.
    ~ Blessings today from your neighbor at the Coffee for your heart linkup. πŸ™‚

  21. What a cool idea to have master lists! When I think of all that's been left behind along the way … well … no WONDER a list is a life-saver.

    Thanks, Amy, from your next door neighbor at Holley's!

  22. Fabulous list, Amy πŸ™‚ Thanks for sharing this wonderful post with Roses of Inspiration. I hope you have a beautiful and blessed day! Hugs!

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  24. Thanks for sharing this list! Great tips!!! and for hosting! πŸ™‚

    Blessings!

  25. Popping in from the linkups FB group πŸ™‚
    HapPy to find you – have liked your FB page as well – Have a blessed week!

  26. What a great list, thank you for sharing it at Good Morning Mondays. Blessings

  27. This is such a great list! Thank you for compiling it, pinning for future πŸ™‚ Thanks for joining the Link-It To Me link party, I hope you will party with us again next week!

  28. Great list! Thanks for sharing on the Homestead Blog Hop!

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