Packing: How do you do it?

We are getting ready to head on a trip tomorrow to visit family and then go on vacation, so I am frantically packing today! How do you pack for yourself and your kids?? Are you the type to lay out an outfit for each day, or do you just throw a bunch of shirts and shorts (or whatever) into a bag and hope for the best??

I almost always forget something - usually it's something small for me, last time we traveled I brought my tennis shoes but no socks. My husband ALWAYS neglects to bring enough shirts for himself so we end up going out to get him a few shirts or I end up doing laundry for him.

So far I've been pretty lucky with the kids - it's pretty rare that I forget something of theirs that we really, truly need (hopefully I'm not jinxing myself!), though this time I have been majorly procrastinating so I won't be at all surprised if I forget something!!

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BethSummerville, South Carolina
    06/19/14
    I always make lists so I don't forget anything.
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    06/19/14
    Beth
    I really need to go back to making lists... I used to be so good at it and now I'm always just throwing stuff into bags last minute!
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      06/19/14
      8Theresa Gould
      I am a list maker and check things off as we pack them and load them so we hopefully won't forget anything. I match the clothes and pack them together. My children, however, toss everything into their bags. I have to tell them how many outfits, socks, underwear etc they need. It is quite the ordeal, for sure.
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      06/19/14
      Beth
      Are each of them responsible for packing for themselves?
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      06/19/14
      8Theresa Gould
      Now that they are older, yes. They have a suitcase, bag or backpack and are told what to put in it. Sometimes I have to go through and organize it, if there's time, or the older children will.
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      06/19/14
      8Theresa Gould
      I always pack for the little guys.
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        06/19/14
        I have an outfit for each day..That way they have at least one for each day.
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        About Beth
        Current: Summerville, South Carolina
        Birth: September 18
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        obsessed with babywearing, cloth diapering, and breastfeeding (but not judgmental about those that aren't). I'm a SAHM that works. Loves cupcakes, kittens, and glitter; hates spiders, housework and pessimism.