Printable packing list for your next vacation
The Ultimate Vacation Packing List – Free Printable – Now that all the fun and craziness of the Christmas holidays are behind us, we’re hit with the realization that we still have quite a few more months of winter to go. I’m not a fan of long, cold winters (well, it doesn’t get below freezing often where I live but it rains a lot) so we try to save enough money for a vacation to a sunny destination each year. I don’t know about you but I absolutely love winter vacations – I mean I plan for it all year long. If I could only do one thing for the rest of my life, it would be to travel. I love experiencing other cultures, landscapes and food and I think travelling is the ultimate education.
This year we’re so fortunate to be going to one of our favorite destinations, Mexico (Manzanillo to be more precise). A big part of what I love about going on a vacation is the build-up and excitement before we go. I usually have everyone’s luggage pretty much packed about a week before we leave – I know, I have issues. Every year I go through my mental packing checklist but inevitably forget something.
Since we’re leaving shortly I decided to create my own printable packing list that I can pull out and print every year now from this point onward. I thought many of my fellow travelers may like to have this checklist too.
To download your free printable packing list click here. Happy travels!
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DIY Ice Pack and Cozy Cover
DIY Reusable Ice Pack and Cozy Cover – A must have for any family is to have multiple ice packs in the freezer. Between my husband’s back, my feet and knees and Noelle’s random bumps and bruises, we use our ice packs rather frequently I’m afraid.
Recently I discovered just how easy it is to make reusable DIY ice packs to keep in the freezer – they only require a few inexpensive ingredients and some fun food coloring.
While I was thrilled with the little packs, I found I was always trying to find towels to wrap around them so the ice packs wouldn’t be so cold against our skin. I thought they really needed a little cozy to go over them to make them perfect so I grabbed some leftover fabric and in no time at all I had made a cute little cozy cover for the ice pack.
This is a quick and easy sewing project – something that can be made in 15-20 minutes or so.
DIY Ice Pack Recipe
- Hand sanitizer
- Food coloring (not necessary but it makes it easier to find & kids love the color – my daughter loves purple)
- Freezer bag (heavy duty with double lock or zip lock if possible)
- Mix together 1 part hand sanitizer to 3 parts water, add food coloring and mix.
- Put the mixture in the freezer bag and place in the freezer. You may also want to double bag the first bag and seal the opening with tape as an extra security feature against leaks.
* There are many other DIY ice pack recipes out there too, just take a peek at Pinterest if you’d prefer another recipe.
Ice Pack Cozy Cover Pattern
- Flannel fabric (it’s nice to have a cozy fabric when you’re putting something cold on your body)
- Thread & pins
- Fabric shears
- Wash and dry fabric. Iron and then cut to size. I used a medium-sized heavy duty freezer bag that 7″ x 8.5″.
- Cut out a piece of fabric that is 10″ wide by 22″ long.
- Iron and pin down the fabric .5″ all the way around the material. Stitch all the way around the fabric.
- Along the long side, fold over the material 9.5″ in, so that it’s almost folded in half but you should have about 2.5″ of fabric hanging over. Now take that 2.5″ flap and fold it over so that it meets the top of the other end of the material (see 2nd row photos below). Pin into place. Sew from top of folded flap all the way around to the opposite side of the ice pack cozy (no need to sew the last short side).
- Trim any hanging threads and insert ice pack into cozy.
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