We travel a lot and Alex and Matisse have been packing their suitcase for the past year or so. Until now, packing involved me sitting in the center of the room and directing them "take 2 pairs of pants, 3 shirts...". At 6, Alex does not need that anymore and at 4, I think Matisse is ready to move on as well.
To help the boys take more responsibility, I drew a page with each item (drawn, and written in both languages) that we may need to pack and laminated it. Each time we travel I can now write the number of each item they need to take with a dry-erase marker so the packing list can be reused multiple times.

It worked extremely well for Alex. He loved to be in charge of packing and packed his suitcase entirely by himself! Matisse was not in a mood to try so we will try another day.

I know it is travel season for a lot of us so, if you are interested, here is a free download. I've made this list into a PDF that you can download (it's not great as I drew it in 5 minutes but you may find it useful anyway); to get it please sign up for my newsletter and your first email will automatically send you a link to the PDF. Don't worry, you can unsubscribe any time but if you stay on the list, you'll get some updates and ideas from me from time to time.


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