I really like this idea!

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gardenbug's picture
Joined: 03/12/07
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I really like this idea!

A packing list for kids! Get them to be responsible for themselves! Add the quantities for each item. Kept in a plastic sleeve, they can check things off for the return trip as well.

http://lusaorganics.typepad.com/clean/2011/07/printable-packing-list-for-kids.html

Joined: 10/21/03
Posts: 172

Very nice Smile

I have a spreadsheet that we go down the list to pack. I tell them what to get, the kids get it, bring it to me and I approve the stack then it goes into their bag. I tried just giving them the list... but somehow they all ended up with clothes that didn't match and it drove me crazy the whole trip, lol. Now they still pack their own clothes, but I can veto things (like the favorite holey shirts...) before it's packed. Even Evan brings me his clothes to pack. Best of both worlds Smile

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I have had my kids pack their own clothes for our short weekends to Idaho, but always have to give it the once over for the reasons Nancy stated. Smile Once dd brought some pretty strange things, thought a pair of shorts was pants (it was January in Idaho), and I cannot recall what else. DS packed like 7 shirts and one pair of pants. So the last trip they packed but I checked it... good thing too. lol

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My older boys pack their clothes but I'm amazed at how often I have to ask where one item is or more of something...son, we're gone for a week, you'll need more than 1 pair of socks!

Younger children, good in theory but may just cause more work for me as I can see it getting unfolded or being stuffed in a suitcase. But I guess thats just me. Wink

gardenbug's picture
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The chart shown has a spot for quantities of the items to be packed...so you'd end up with more than a single pair of socks etc.

Personally, I preferred that the kids learn to help and did not worry much about how well folded things were. Maybe that's because we camped a lot. Showing them how to fold things can be part of the lesson though.

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Joined: 11/29/06
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"turtnjay" wrote:

My older boys pack their clothes but I'm amazed at how often I have to ask where one item is or more of something...son, we're gone for a week, you'll need more than 1 pair of socks!

Younger children, good in theory but may just cause more work for me as I can see it getting unfolded or being stuffed in a suitcase. But I guess thats just me. Wink

My favourite was "I did get seven socks. I couldn't find any pairs!"??!!!!!

Umm... so seven individual socks is the answer? At least it was more than 2!

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Joined: 08/03/01
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oohh that is cute & that picture of a camp fire has me wanting to head to the mtns sooooo bad!!

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