It seemed every time we’d travel, I reinvented the packing list. I created a list throughout the week and crossed off things as I packed them. Then there were the 3am panicked wake-ups where I’d realize I forgot to write something on the list. Or the 2 miles from home when I realized the kid’s toothbrushes were sitting next to the sink.
Now, I could make a master list on my computer (kind of like I do for my Christmas card addresses), but when it came to packing, it seemed the list cross-off strategy often failed me.
So I created a system using plastic bread tag closures. I wrote down everything I needed to bring on a separate bread tag. I kept them in a sealed bag in my travel case. Then when it came time to pack, I laid them out. Tags returned to the baggie when the corresponding item got packed. When all tags were back in the bag, I could rest assure I had everything I needed. Simple, but effective.
Now, bring on some kid fun with plastic bread tags! Souvenir Charm Bracelets.
Using plastic bread tags, I created “charms” by adding little keepsakes from my kids’ vacations. In my sample I used a piece of an admission bracelet, a picture, sea glass and shells found at the beach, and clippings from attractions we visited.
Along with some beads, I added the charms to a piece of cord (elastic works great, too) to make a personalized, vacation souvenir charm bracelet! Alternating beads and bread tags allows space between the bread tags so the “charms” can be seen better. And the great part about bread tags is that you can always add more – even after the bracelet is knotted.