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Paris. Again! Packing For a Trip

I am currently in Paris, France (shocker, I know….my posts are either about Paris, Oregon, NYC) but this time with my 6.5 year old son. Not sure why I scheduled this trip, but I wanted to “show him the world” and have “global experiences.” I have been terrified of the agony and pain of a whiny, tired, jet-lagged child.  While I have a hard enough time powering through the jetlag and not being cranky myself, my son is about 100 times more whiny and difficult than I am (#MyHusbandDisagrees). That said, here is my #1 packing secret….packing bags [1]!

 

Before we get to the packing bags, I want to show you a picture of me when I was 8 years old in France. I know, right, I am the CUTEST kid you have ever seen? Mullet and perm, why YES, that is the best look EVER EVER EVER.

Before we get to the bag packing, I want to show you a picture of me when I was 8 years old in France. I know, right, I am the CUTEST kid you have ever seen? Mullet and perm.  Why YES, that is the best look EVER EVER EVER.

I had to show you another look at how beautiful I was. I apparently loved the blue tie dye shirt (good thing, I still love tie dye). Here I am with my french sister and brother. Cruzzie and I are going to see Elsa this week, and I am so excited to see her.

I had to show you another look at how beautiful I was. I apparently loved the blue tie dye shirt (good thing, I still love tie dye). Here I am with my French sister and brother from my exchange family. Cruzzie and I are going to see Elsa this week, and I am so excited.

I pack with these bags for every trip we take -- day trip, summer trip, week trip, etc...I pack things in them and it makes life so much easier.

I pack with these bags for every trip we take — day trip, summer trip, week trip, etc…It makes travel so much easier.

First, I organize the clothes on the ground....

First, I organize the clothes on the ground….

Then, I put them in the bags....

Then, I put them in the bags….

And then ZIP them up, voila! For our 6 day trip, Cruzzie only has these two little bags -- they compress the items and make them so easy to deal with.

And then ZIP them up, voila! For our 6 day trip, Cruzzie only has these two little bags — they compress everything and it helps me feel organized.

Side note, apparently I really love colors and stripes.

Side note, apparently I really love colors and stripes.

And....my son really likes legos.

And….my son really likes legos.

 

To purchase the packing cubes, go here [2]. Twenty bucks per cube might seem expensive, but you will use them every time you go anywhere and it will make any travel/packing/unpacking that much easier. Promise. Now….off to eat a ham, cheese, and butter baguette sandwich!

Anika Yael Natori, aka, The Josie Girl
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