Spring Break Packing

“This post is sponsored by OshKosh B’Gosh; however, all thoughts and opinions expressed are my own.”

We are so excited to be taking the boys to the beach next week, and I have already been getting everything packed. This is both Ford and Rhett’s first times at the beach and Ford’s first time on an airplane. I always get a little anxious before traveling, especially with the kids since there is so much gear and clothing and diapers and such involved, and if you forget something important like diapers, you might just be stuck with a stinky kid on a plane for three hours. Even though our trip isn’t for a week or so, I’ve already been trying to get all the boys clothes washed and packed that way I have one less thing to worry about, and can focus on having fun. I thought I’d share some of my packing tips for Spring break with kids and I have something else super awesome to share at the end of the post!!.OshKosh (12)

1. Always take a swimsuit. It doesn’t matter if we’re traveling to Maryland in the middle of a blizzard, I take a swim suit. My mom always taught me that growing up, because you never know when you might get the chance to go swimming and you never want to miss it. Can you tell we’re water people?Toddler Boy Style

2. Coordinate, coordinate, coordinate. Have you ever seen one of those ads that has like five pieces of clothing that makes like ten outfits? That’s exactly how I try and pack for my kids. I stick to one color scheme and all of their pants/shorts and shirts should fit it. That way they can re-wear shirts with other shorts for a different outfit and if anything gets dirty, it can still be worn with something else. My four year old can grab any shirt and shorts out of his bag and they will match, no problem. Since my older two boys are so close in size that they often wear each others clothes, it’s nice when their clothes coordinate too in case someone runs out of something or gets it really messy. Being able to make lots of outfits out of less clothes means we can travel with a lot less bags. I also try to find one pair of shoes per person that work with every outfit and are appropriate for what we’ll be doing on our trip. For my boys I love little kids style buckle sandals like you can see below. They can be dressed up for nice dinners and weddings, but are casual enough for beach trips or playgrounds too. Here’s an example of some of what I’m packing for our beach trip, all of these awesome clothes are from OshKosh B’Gosh, one of my favorite go-to’s for styling my little guys. See how all of their clothes have the same color scheme and the shoes match every outfit? OshKosh makes it easy by carrying whole collections of clothing that all coordinate and having matching color schemes. It makes it so much easier for me to shop in one place and get it all!

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3. Always bring (at least) one extra outfit. If your kids are anything like mine, food doesn’t always make it to their mouth, markers don’t always stay on their paper, and dirt attracts them like moths to a light. If our trip is short, just a few days, I only bring one extra outfit. If we are somewhere for a week or longer, I try to bring two, but only if space allows. If we are planning on being somewhere on a Sunday, I try and make one of the extra items a nicer outfit they can wear to church so we can go with whoever we are visiting. Bonus points if the church outfit can be dressed down for other days!OshKosh (11)OshKosh (4)

4. Light jackets are a must! Last summer we traveled to Arizona for a week. When I checked the weather, the highs were in the 90’s, so I didn’t worry about packing the boys any jackets. What I didn’t know is that Arizona is freezing in the mornings and we were up and going the next morning (thanks to a 3 hour time difference) at 4 a.m. and it was in the thirties. It was so cold that I had to keep the boys entertained in our hotel until it warmed up enough to be able to run to a store and buy them some jackets. Lesson learned- always take a jacket. It’s a good idea to take them on the plane too, since most airplanes get cold at cruising altitude.

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5. Be Realistic. If your child really hates a certain shirt, don’t pack it. You want your vacation to be spent having fun, not arguing over an itchy shirt. My kids love to run and jump and play, so I try to make sure they can move and have fun in anything I pack. If they’re old enough, you can always let them help you pack- my kids love helping pick out their outfits! (Another reason #2 is such a good idea- so everything matches no matter what they pick!)

6. Be flexible. I almost always forget at least one thing when we’re traveling. It’s not very hard to find stores just about anywhere you go, or just use your momma powers to make do. I can promise your kids will still be stylin’ even with a little spot of dirt on their clothes.Spring Break Toddler Style

I hope those help your family to have the best Spring break vacation! We cannot wait to go to the beach and to see my guys playing and having fun in their OshKosh outfits. If you’re going to be heading somewhere for Spring Break or just need some cute Easter outfits, you have got to head to your closest OshKosh store; I can guarantee you will find a ton of cute outfits for your trip, and to help you get even more for your money, here is a coupon for 25% off of your $30+ purchase, or you can shop online and use the code “SPRING16″ and because I love ya, I’m giving away a $50 gift card to OshKosh so you can get an awesome Spring Break wardobe for your little one!

$50 Oshkosh B’Gosh Gift Card

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57 comments on “Spring Break Packing

  1. The beach is my family’s favorite place to be and I’m remembering our last vacation to St. Maarten with the grandkids. We had so much fun. Have a great vacation!!

  2. The beach is exactly where I would love to be right now. It sounds like a fun trip. Thank you for sharing the great clothes and how to coordinate

  3. Super cute post!!! You’re boys always looks so adorable and beachy!!! Thanks for posting the giveaway, if I won the gift card, I’d def have to buy the anchor print button up and some flat front shorts, so cute!!!

  4. We are taking a vacation later this month, and these are some great tips! OshKosh has some adorable toddler girls spring clothes right now too, and if we won the gift card we are eyeing the roll cuff denim shorts and some flutter sleeve tops! Hope you have a great vacation!

  5. Oh man your kids are so cute. I am loving the new Osh Kosh collection. My kids can still fit their clothes and I am really happy about that.

  6. Not only are your kids just the cutest, but I really do love those clothes! My little one is now almost 21, but I have plenty of kiddos in my life to shop for. Great pics!

  7. Awesome tip! I love “Be Realistic” I need to take this advice. I so often pack items and think my son might wear clothes that I love, but he hates. And it never works out and it just took up precious space in the suitcase.

  8. Love the pics! I try to leave the tots out of the packing process in hopes of everything being easier. The boy doesn’t care much but as the girl gets older, she is taking an interest.

  9. These outfits are two adorable fore words! Me and my sister always rocked OshKosh B’Gosh when we were growing up (back in the 90s) and it’s so great to see that them still make adorable/stylish clothes <3

  10. It sounds like your kids will have everything you need for your trip. I hope you have a fabulous time and I’m looking forward to seeing more fabulous photos!

  11. We love Osh Kosh! I would buy shoes for my little! I love their Braided Rosette sandals! They would match so many spring and summer outfits 🙂

  12. I would get the Oshkosh Fancy Free Dress in Pink and the Gold Fisherman Crib Sandals for my daughter! I love Oshkosh! 🙂

  13. Awww they both looks so so adorable! Love the whole look and the button up shirt looks really nice. I wish we have their line here in Indonesia 🙂

  14. I would use this gift card on the Colorblock Jersey Polo and Printed Jogger Shorts for my grandson to wear this spring/summer!

  15. These are some great tips! The coordinating tip is my favorite. We go camping a couple times a year and being able to switch out tops and bottoms is really great. It usually rains at least once and my kids always get their bottoms muddy. I really like Oshkosh’s Fancy free dresses for my and their button down bodysuits for my son. I’d use the gift card towards getting a few of those things 🙂

  16. I love OshKosh. I bought this brand for my children and now my grandchildren. I would choose the roll cuff-flat front shorts and plaid button up shirt in blue. Thanks!

  17. Your photos are beautiful and make me want to visit the lake! I would love the FANCY FREE DRESS in blue stripes and the JERSEY SLEEP SHIRT for my daughter.

  18. I need to take a page out of your book!
    I just grab stuff when I’m packing for the kids and never think about coordinating outfits to give us more choices. Remembering this for next time!
    Your boys are adorable!

  19. Great ideas for your trip Stacey. I would like to add one more thing to your packing list. Make a small first aid kit or at least a few Band-aids, and aspirin – adult and child, since you’ll be at the beach also take not just sun screen, but sunburn medicine or aloe since it’s been a while near water. Maybe bug spray?

    Most important – have fun

  20. I would get my daughter the blue fancy free dress and the neon striped overlay maxi dress! Thanks so much for the chances to win

  21. I would buy my son some outfits. I get him the Chambray & Stripe Shortalls, Piqué Polo Bodysuit, Striped Swim Trunks, and some shoes!

  22. I love me some Oshkosh! Those short sleeved chambray toddler boy shirts are to die for! And did you see their saucony athletic shoes?!?!?! Too cute!! Love all the coordinating outfits you picked too! So adorable and it definitely makes choosing an outfit so much easier!

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