062011. We leave Los Angeles today for a 3-day journey home.
First stop: to pick up the SuperMom at her home near Palm Springs. She's traveling with me and the LO so we don't have to be on the road 18 hours alone. I am very thankful for the SuperMom! (Although she has to work Thursday, so we've got to get her to Salt Lake City by Wednesday afternoon so she can hop on a flight back ... have I mentioned lately that she's awesome?)
We’re sad to go, but we’ve got a horseback riding-camping trip-wedding planned for the weekend at which the Cowboy is officiating … I can’t wait to tell you more about that. So we’re also kind of excited about the upcoming adventure.
I don’t usually offer up travel tips but I did something so right this trip, I really feel like I need to share.
A brief recap for you in case you’ve been out-of-touch … we left Montana a little more than 3 weeks ago for a lengthy trip to Los Angeles where we are staying in a super-tiny sublet with a mini-closet and one dresser for three people … one of whom is here for 8 months. So to say that storage was limited is kind of an understatement. No place for clothes. No place for toys. Barely enough room for shoes.
So what I decided to do was, instead of loading down the LR3 with bulky oversized suitcases, I ran out to Target and bought three Michael Graves canvas under-bed storage bags. One for clothes for me. One for clothes for the LO. And one for toys, books and sundry other important things we might need. We packed two small overnight bags for the trip. And away we went.
It was PERFECT. We got to our tiny sublet, didn’t have to unpack, didn’t have to find a place to hide our oversized suitcases or store our plethora of toys and books, we just slid our bags under the bed and we were ready to start living!
Now I don’t recommend this for a weekend getaway to a lush and extravagant resort because who wants a Porter to be able to check out the contents of your bag, but for an extended trip, by car, to a place with limited storage and a bed that’s more than six inches off the ground? Ideal.
The clear plastic cover allows easy awareness of all your stuff … no rummaging ... less mess. The compact size (about 6 inches deep, by 36 inches long by about 30 inches wide) means three bags fit perfectly under a full-sized mattress (four would probably fit under a queen, but we didn’t have a queen bed here).
Q: So now I’m looking for other good travel ideas … we’re camping this weekend … with a 2-year-old … what do you suggest?