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Organizing your vacation Mickey Mousecan be hard. What to take, what not to take, what do you haveroom for AND, what do you really need?

Preparing for this year’s vacation is a little different than last year. Last year we rented a home outside Disney World, so we had towels, sheets, all the amenities (including a washer and dryer). It didn’t require us to bring anything other than some food and our clothes. This year we are camping for over 2 weeks. What a difference! There is a lot more to think about and definitely more to pack. We are having be even more prepared and organized with “where” and “how” we pack everything.

Here is how we prioritized our list:

1. What do we really need to take. This was simply a random and generic list of the things that we need (or think) we need to take along. Of course, this can easily get out of control.

2. We planned out trip day by day (at least in our mind). This is a road trip so it was relatively easy to do…although Disney World was very planned out.

3. We identified what type of storage and packing containers we would need to keep everything in. This was very important because we are driving a truck – without a camper shell on it. So, we can’t assume that there will be good weather for the entire trip. (This is when being married to a Retired Marine came in really handy).


Next, we started packing. We have the opportunity to have the need for winter and summer clothing…Yea! Our oldest daughter did a similar road trip last year (around the same time) and saw snow and 90 degree sunny weather all within 4 hours).  Thinking about what we should take was a little overwhelming. Winter clothing takes so much room in a suitcase. This I know for sure; we are not packing sandals and snow boots – we are packing sandals and sneakers. So, I made sure that each of us had just 2 winter/fleece pieces of clothing as well one pair of thicker socks and jeans. Reality is that we won’t need to be in anything “winter-like” for very long.


We kept the meals simple. We sat down and thought about how many meals we would need to prepare every day. Sometimes a good snack can be lunch. We thought about meals that are easy to clean up; easy to prepare and healthy too. One of the major items that we packed is a cutting board to make our salads!

We put together a list and went shopping for everything that we needed – nothing extra. Some food doesn’t store well or travel well so we kept everything simple. We took one cast iron frying pan and one pot to heat up things…that’s it!


The key to an organized vacation is to remember to keep things simple! I don’t know about you, but I don’t want to spend all of my vacation cooking and cleaning. Pack like items together, let everyone know where they can find what they need and keep the expectations that they will be put back in the same place when they are done with them. We will be following the same “rules” of bedtime, expectations of picking up their own laundry and putting shoes in a designated spot as we do at home.

Being organized doesn’t take the fun out of a vacation…it allows you to have much more fun!

I wish you the most awesome vacation ever – full of wonder memories.

Linda Clevenger, Organization Direct

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About Linda

As an Organizing Consultant and Coach, mom and grandmom, Linda has found answers to the struggles that "moms" deal with every day. Whether you are a stay-at-home mom or work outside the home, you are usually the hub of the household. Linda will be sharing organizing tips, tools, techniques, support and motivation to help you enjoy each day to the fullest. Life doesn't have to be chaotic. Your can choose to be organized. You can read more about Linda and her services at

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If Pouches' experience at History Camp is any indication, your son or daughter will enjoy joining Washington Heritage Museums and the George Washington Foundation for History Camp in Fredericksburg. The week-long day camp will be held June 25-29, from 9:00 a.m. to noon each day.

Young historians discover American history with hands-on experiences as they walk in the footsteps where the history of Fredericksburg, and a budding America, was created. The camp complements the history taught in classrooms with activities such as soap making, code breaking, colonial crafts, penmanship and much more.


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