We are moving in April from Japan back to the states. As part of the move we will be visiting family for 1- 1 1/2 months then living in a hotel at the base we are moving to for anywhere between 2 weeks and 2 months depending on how long it takes us to find housing, sign a lease, etc. Now I'm a terrible suitcase packer!! I always (and I mean always) forget things or end up with to much and not enough space in the suitcase. It will also take anywhere from 2-4 weeks after we get into a house for the household shipment to get to us (maybe less if we are lucky!!) Add in the fact I'm due next month with our third and we will be moving when hes just 2 months old and I'm thinking maybe I should save my sanity and start making a packing list now. Maybe if I'm more organized I won't forget the underwear again.. or PJs.. or my wallet (oops). I'm double-ly worried now since I have to pack for myself, my husband and out three kids (who will be 2, 4 and newborn during the move).
Only problem is I have no idea where to start! We will have 10 bags to travel back with (2 for each of us) but I rather not use all of the bags if I don't absolutely have to. When we are with my in-laws we will have access to a washer/dryer, stocked kitchen etc.. At the hotel though we will have to pull ourselves to the coin op laundry but there is a small kitchenette with pots/pans and dishes. When we move in to the house we can borrow pots/pans, dishes, pack and plays etc from the loan locker for a month until our household shipment comes.
So I'm figuring I don't really have to worry about pots/pans or anything of the like. I was going to buy any art supplies there because it would be easier than trying to take it with us. Past that I'm stumped. I know I want to take some of the children's favorite toys since they are having a rough time with the idea of moving anyway. I thought it would be good to have them surrounded by some of their favorite things. From my understanding its HOT and rains alot during the time we are moving and there isn't much to do around the hotel for kids so Im figuring Im going to need to figure out some things they can play with without breaking anything. I was also going to bring a few of the pictures/items we have hanging around and some 3M hooks to hang them in the hotel rooms so they can have some semblance of a "home" even though it isn't really home.
Anyone want to help me figure out a packing list? I really don't like moving, I want to try to make this as stress free as possible for my children though.