I’m discovering that packing for 4 people is much trickier than packing for one — traveling with kids challenges the organizational abilities of even the most Type A among us, and it seems like getting ready for a trip can take up the entire day beforehand. Last week, things were really busy leading up to our Aspen trip for the Food & Wine Festival — and I was determined to find a way to be prepared without turning into a total basket-case by the time we boarded the plane. Click through the slides for my space-saving packing essentials (we managed to pack everything for the four of us in ONE suitcase!), as well as a $15 promo code from today’s sponsor, Google Express, so you can start shopping from the comfort of your own couch.

Packing strategy #1 – Stock up on high-quality minis.

I have a pretty consistent skincare / makeup / hair routine when I’m at home, and I like to stick with my normal products when I’m traveling so I’m not dealing with frizzy hair or breakouts while I’m on a trip!

Here’s what I packed in my Hudson+Bleecker toiletry bag:

Makeup setting spray from Urban Decay, Smith’s Rosebud Salve from Rosebud Perfume Co., Dry shampoo from AG Hair Care, Nail polish from Essie

Packing strategy #2 – Have your travel essentials delivered to your doorstep.

I ordered all my last-minute essentials from Google Express instead of devoting an entire day to running errands. The day before we left, I was free to tie up loose ends at work then take the kids for an ice cream date instead of being stuck in the car all day. It was so much more fun to start the trip feeling calm and organized instead of frazzled!

Packing strategy #3 – Download a thorough packing checklist.

When I’m traveling on my own, I can kind of wing it. But when packing for two kids, the sheer number of essential items (diapers, toys, snacks… the list goes on) becomes so great that a checklist is essential. I used these lists and while I definitely didn’t feel the need to pack everything on them, just going through the list mentally helped me make sure I wasn’t forgetting anything crucial.

In Phoebe’s backpack:

Granola bar from Kind, Madeline sticker set from Barnes & Noble, Etch A Sketch from Barnes & Noble, Children’s books from Barnes & Noble

Packing strategy #4 – Chill out.

Getting ready for a big trip can be stressful, and if you’re like me, the thought of forgetting anything important can feel like a mini disaster. This trip, I reminded myself to chill out and remember that if I didn’t pack toothpaste, I could buy it at my destination.

In my carry-on: 

Tea bags from Yogi, Digital camera from Sony, Headphones from Beats by Dr. Dre, Chocolate bar from Chocolove, Mints from VerMints

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    Lulu | June 23, 2016 at 8:55 am

    Where is that white purse from in the first photo?

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    Maria | June 23, 2016 at 10:54 am

    Thank you Camille! we are soon traveling abroad for the first time with our 15 month old baby and these tips will definitely help me a lot 🙂 I wanted to know how do you entertain your kids on a long flight?

    • Camille Styles | June 23, 2016 at 2:19 pm

      It is not easy! But definitely doable. I pack a bag with lots of snacks, small/lightweight books, a couple toys they’ve never seen before, iPad loaded up with new games when they’re old enough. And of course, a change of clothes, diapers/wipes, sippy cup, and bibs are all in-flight necessities! Good luck. 🙂

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    Rosie | June 23, 2016 at 11:59 am

    Great tips, Camille!
    I’m totally with you on stocking up on mini products. I keep a travel bag full of minis at all times so I can grab it & go & know I won’t be missing anything.
    xx, R @ the girl in polka dots

    • Camille Styles | June 23, 2016 at 2:17 pm

      Same — I love my little mini collection in my bathroom cabinet! 🙂 Thanks Rosie!

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    Eram | June 24, 2016 at 12:55 pm

    Love these great tips and our Genoa Toiletry Bag! 🙂 I have an 8 month old and I am obsessed with packing our luggage with packing cubes (one for each of us). It helps keep our individual things organized and we each have a mini suitcase of sorts when arrive at our destination. Thanks for the H+B love. Enjoy your travels!

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    odessadarling | June 26, 2016 at 7:22 pm

    Just got back from camping today and this is super helpful for my next trip! The styling in these photos is lovely, great photography.

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    Phyllis Rosenstein Stoller | June 27, 2016 at 11:34 am

    Pay for some laundry while you are away. Worth every penny.

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    Cinnamon | June 27, 2016 at 1:40 pm

    These are great tips. I always feel stressed when I’m getting ready to travel. I need to relax more.

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    Taylor Parker | June 27, 2016 at 2:02 pm

    I love the leather travel bag!! Where is that from?

    • Jennifer Rose Smith | June 27, 2016 at 2:08 pm

      Thanks, Taylor! That’s my favorite bag and I loaned it to Camille for her trip. It’s the “Cassidy” from Sole Society and it’s an amazing steal: http://bit.ly/28Yn3sh

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    Kiersten | July 4, 2016 at 12:53 pm

    Thank you for these tips – I can use all the hints I can get – particularly… don’t stress!! Where is the scarf from? Beautiful color combo!

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