Oh, the joys of packing…with an overflow of organization and everything done in a timely manner. Said by no one ever. While tour dates are known very early on, there is still the tradition of the results of frantic procrastination on Tour’s Eve. Is it 10pm the night before we leave for 6 weeks? Yes. Is there a suitcase filled with only vacation hair accessories and a lonely sock? Of course not. (Narrator: the suitcase was indeed very empty.)
While we’re not here to present a perfect and timely packing guide, we would still like to share how we go about getting ready for a big trip. Making sure we have everything from top to bottom is a daunting task, but creating a list and slowly checking things off is a great team effort. Involving the kids allows them to be helpers, and also ensures they have their favorite bedtime books and toys to bring on the bus. One of Joaquin’s favorite ways to prep for tour is going on an inaugural Target trip, and picking out bedding for his bunk. In the past he’s chosen super hero, Minions, and shark sheets…we’ll keep you updated on what his official bedding is this tour.
Here are our essentials for packing!
Become a surveillance pro with Vtech monitors and Nest Cams. We bring these monitors everywhere we go, and are great for when we’re hanging outside the bus after a show or when we’re in a hotel for a day off. We tape up a Nest Cam in Joaquin’s bunk and in the master room for Luna. After linking to an iPad or phone, we have a perfect view of the kids, and also proves to be very entertaining. The Hushh White Noise Sound Machine is also awesome to travel with since it’s so small, and can be put in the stroller for portable nap time.
Joaquin’s backpack is like Mary Poppin’s bag. There are many knick knacks, crayons, and half eaten snacks tucked in there. We got this awesome Parkland backpack is Toronto on the last tour, and has been accompanying us on trips ever since. With so many different travel bags it’s great for Joaquin to have his very own, especially on an airplane when he can get out whatever he wants to play with. One of his favorite toys inside is a mini Lego brick backpack, which holds the perfect amount of Lego’s. It’s awesome for quiet time in the afternoon or the greenroom.
We love book time before bed, so Joaquin picks out his favorites to bring with us. We store them at the end of his bunk or in his drawer in the bunk room.
Joaquin’s Tumi suitcase is a must for traveling, and can easily fit in the Junk Bunk. We also recently started using packing cubes, which is a game changer. It’s so much easier to separate clothes for each kid, and can be easily transferred to their bunk or hotel room.
Check out the packing list below to help with organization, and comment below on other essentials you bring on trips!
We’re so excited to begin our journey for The Touring Toddler, and can’t wait for you guys to follow us on the road. Cheers to the first post!