But right now I have to worry about whether to take a jug of liquid laundry detergent or little packs of dry detergent sorted into sandwich baggies. Does this sound pathetic? I know it is, but I also know that if I don't think this way we are going to be living like a bunch of packrat hippies in a VW bus but there won't be any drugs for us to take to obscure the mess in front of our eyes. And so I've been planning. Excessively.
Here is a grid graph I drew of where I imagined everything going. The circle in the upper left hand corner is the steering wheel and the list across the top are the things that are going in the roof carrier.
The cleaning closet is packed in a carryall with paper towels, wipes, carpet freshener, (I'm dreading vomit more than grizzly bears right now) and a small dust pan and brush.
The bathroom box isn't packed yet, but I had planned on using the top two pockets (see below) hung across the back for things like bug spray, hand sanitizer, glow sticks, and other things we might need for picnicking or while hiking. But we've now realized that's not going to work for the trip as there will be all kinds of other crap piled in front of them! So I'm saving it for when we get home.
The other thing I made was a net that hangs across the ceiling between the "dry cleaner" hooks by each door. The plan was to have a little 'airline' blanket within easy reach for each kid and this way they wouldn't get stepped on. However, the net hangs a little low and we're just not sure if it's going to last. (Any ideas here are welcome!)
So I wanted to share my crafty mom thing just briefly. I took an old shoe bag organizer, cut it into fours and sewed elastic around the edge. We now have organizers for kindles, hats and sunglasses, pencils and the million brochures/souvenirs that I know at least one of my kids is going to collect.
The elastic fit nicely around each seat and seems to hold the light supplies. It can hang low or high and doesn't affect the person in the seat. The length is a little shorter than the circumference of the chair seat. I did have to quadruple sew the elastic together.They seem to be working nicely. I'll let you know when we get back. That is if I ever finish packing!