It’s hard enough to get the kids into the car for a day at the park, let alone packing the whole brood—and all their stuff!—up for a family holiday. So if you’re wondering how you’re going to make it through all the car rides, plane trips and taxi jaunts without losing your mom cool, here are a few great travel hacks to make the journey easier.
Use Tidy Snaps to Roll Your Clothes
Packing your bags can be a pain. Especially when you’re a kid. But these fun little gadgets make it easy for anyone to roll up clothes into neat little packages (rolling clothes helps ward off wrinkles and saves tons of space). The Tidy Snap System comes with a special “flip board” that helps kids (and adults) fold and roll clothes neatly and 25 Tidy Bands that snap around the rolled clothes so they don’t get all disheveled in your bags. Basically, it’s like a snap bracelet for your clothes—and by the looks of this video, it’ll make packing for your trip way more fun for everyone.
Pssst: Tidy Snap is also great for keeping clothes organized and color-coordinated in jam-packed closets.
Cost: $24.95 for a Starter Kit; additional bands available in 10 and 30-packs.
Push Two Hotel Chairs Together To Make a Toddler Bed
Most hotel rooms are small enough; why cramp things up even more by asking hotel staff to haul up a cot for your little sleepyheads. Keryn Means of WalkingOnTravels.com gave us this amazing tip: Take two hotel chairs (the cozy kinds with padded seats and smush them together to create the perfect toddler bed! The chair armrests make for the perfect bed rail, and once you put a few blankets or towels on the cushions, you’ll have a cozy and clean place for your tot to sleep without sacrificing too much floor space. Brilliant.