One of my favorite things we did to avoid some of the usual travel confusion on this vacation was to make and use bag tags. They took a little bit of time and money, but they were so worth it.
I used the cute templates that came with my JDC Monthly subscription in June, but you could use plain ‘ol paper just as easily. And while I hated spending money on the self-laminating tags, I plan on stretching my bucks by using them again and again.
Here’s some tips on how I made and used them:
—Read the package directions to make the tags. Keep in mind that regular weight paper works better than card stock.
—Use basic or generic labels so the tags can be used again. I wrote our names or descriptions like “personal care items” rather than listing the exact contents of the bags.
—Use labels to separate what belongs inside the car. When it comes time to pack up, things get hectic and bags get tossed wherever there’s space. To avoid having any of our car bags stuck under a layer of suitcases, they were all labeled with names and the words “inside car”.
—Use tags to help grab-and-go. We broke up our long trip to Florida with a one night stay in Georgia. I used tags to label the smaller overnight bags we packed for that hotel. Anything in our trunk with a tag on it went into the hotel for that single night; anything without a tag stayed packed until our final destination. So helpful after a very long day of traveling!
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