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Traveling Woes - The Pain of Packing

I'll be honest here, I am not big on traveling. 
I mean not with kids in tow...

It's hard work, the packing is DREADFUL
Seriously we went out of town for 1 night and I was packing for hours. No Joke
Okay maybe I'm just not a good packer?! and maybe I even over-pack ?! But hey better safe then sorry I say,, I just can't help it. 

Packing for everyone is a fu&*in process, excuse my language but I have to think about what to pack, how much to pack and then do that for 3 little humans! That whole thought process makes me cringe and throws me off my game big-time. I seriously ended up packing way more then I needed! But whats new.
And me...Well I am not the type to pre-plan outfits. I literally dress for the way I feel. So yes I packed like 5 outfits, 2 swimsuits, 2 swimsuit covers, 3 pairs of shoes, almost half my jewelry, an abundance of hair accessories and supplies (that I probably haven't even used in weeks...I haven't) and just 1 purse that I can get away with because its neutral.

Luckily I am an awesome organizer and packer ;) Able to fit a family of 5 into 3 suitcases. Yup- I'm good! .....But that does not count the "extra" bags with all that "extra" stuff. ugh!

Anyway I get kinda embarrassed when I am walking into a hotel with all this shit around us. Suitcases, Bags, Blankets, Pillows, Snacks. Yes we do all that! More so my hubby is like this freak about our own blankets, towels and pillows; So here we are, extra crap to haul. I mean I don't blame him, hotels can be a manifest for dirty nasty things. Yuk even thinking about who's been there before us...AHHH!!!

Then when we are in the room, we have so much bags all over the floor that I cannot even get comfortable. At this point my anxieties have me wondering how I can best organize the damn room to be just a little more spacious and visually appealing. Like I don't even want to open the damn suitcases, as my wonderful packing job that took me all-night to accomplish is about to get ransacked within the seconds they are opened...

Clothes become intermingled
Clothes get unfolded
Shoes are thrown everywhere
Socks are lost
Toys are scattered
Food crumbs are thrown everywhere
Bathroom supplies are laying UN-attractively on the small-ass bathroom counter

REALLY This drives me CRAZY
Not to mention the extreme empathy I feel for the housekeepers who come in after we check out and see that our room has been overtaken by dirty diapers, food boxes, wet towels & blanket piles, lost TV remote, etc....
OK OK now that our last kid is growing out of that baby/toddler stage ,, its not so bad anymore; but I can clearly sit here and remember how bad it has gotten.

Worst part of all this is fitting that damn bag of dirty clothes back into your suitcase that is now a total epic failure!  Then truly realizing how you OVER-PACKED and coming home just to unpack the shit you never used and then it takes another hour to hang everything back up. LOL!

Seriously does this happen to anyone else? Am I the only one?

Thanks for reading my vent. Please tell me I am not alone with this! ;)
- Jeanette

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