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Asking a 7 year old to pack…

Once a year we make the annual pilgrimage to the state below ours to get our taxes done. Our accountant lives there and she does an amazing job so it is worth the trip. We make a night of it and stay in a hotel. Well, I asked Little Girl to pack her own bag. Now…keep in mind I am not new at this. I also packed her everything she would need in my bag as well. It was just an overnight stay at a hotel with a pool. She has stayed at this hotel before so she knew what to expect. Well, this is what she packed.  Let me break it down for you.

  1.  One mermaid blanket
  2. One skirt
  3. Two pairs of leggings
  4. One purple stuffed dog
  5. Two shirts
  6. Six swimsuits!

What is missing?

  1.  Underwear
  2. Socks
  3. Pajama’s
  4. Toothbrush
  5. Toothpaste
  6. Hairbrush

The real kicker is when we were headed to the hotel we asked her where her bag was.  Her answer….”At home on the stairs.”   The only thing I did not put in my bag was her swimsuit…probably because I could not find any….ha ha.  So a quick stop by Target to get her yet ANOTHER swimsuit and we were off to the hotel for a lovely overnight stay.

And this ladies and gentlemen is why mom’s luggage is always heavier and bigger than anyone else’s!


  1. Haha pretty impressive. Someone looking forward to a swim. If it was my boys all the clothes would come out, lol X #pointshoot

  2. This took me back many years when going on holiday the children wanted to do their own packing, they were told to only take essentials as we were short on space, on arrival my stepson emptied all his cuddly toys and he did own several #[email protected]_karendennis

  3. Ha ha my (nearly) 7 year old would do the same! My daughter, who is 9, is the only one in the gang who will put a little bit of thought into packing. The boys just don’t care!

  4. This made me laugh when I got to the Where is your bag bit I just knew what was coming. My son is precisely the same. Thank you for linking up to #pointshoot ?

  5. Sounds like she dances to the sound of her own music! And it’s so true; this is exactly why mom’s luggage is always heavier and bigger! Thanks for sharing. Blessings to you.

  6. I always sneak a peak into the Tubblet’s bag for this reason … She once went to stay at grandparents and, despite having put all the things out to pack, managed to rock up with no underwear or nightclothes

    1. beachchairtracy

      Oh no! Off to the store for you!

  7. I love this! My Mum likes to regale people with the story of how I packed my own bag to go on a two week holiday when I was about 7 (trying to emulate my older sisters) and it wasn’t until we got there that she realised I had only packed books, my teddy, a bikini, and an oversized Minnie Mouse t-shirt. Kids are weird! #coolmumclub

    1. beachchairtracy

      That is funny. We know what was on your mind….reading!

  8. MMT

    How funny! You were brave trusting her to do it! I’m such a control freak I wouldn’t even think of asking the kids to help…they’d pack a tonne of plastic toys and little else!

    Obviously you were sensible enough to have everything just in case 😉

    Thanks for linking to #coolmumlcub

  9. I’m impressed she got most of the clothes, and admire her for taking all the swimsuits because she couldn’t possibly just choose one!! So funny that she left it at home! #ablogginggoodtime

  10. Hahaha! I have a 7yo and the only thing she would bother to pack is her teddy! ?

  11. hahaha! This did make me chuckle….Good effort from her. I think this is how my girls would pack too. #PoCoLo

  12. Funny- every time we go to pack we end up with 15 teddies and not much else! #thesatsesh

  13. Very impressive not sure I would ask our 6year old twins to pack it would be a suitcase of toys ha Thank you for linking to #Thatfridaylinky please come back next week

  14. Ah bless her. She didn’t do too badly really! Thanks for joining in at #TriumphantTales

  15. Haha, I think my kids would probably pack much the same! Thanks for joining in with #ThatFridayLinky

  16. Six swimsuits:) She must’ve been mighty excited ha ha! Thanks for joining us at #blogstravaganza

  17. #thesatsesh this will make a lovely memory when she’s a bigger girl… i love the idea of her popping to the pool with a mermaid blanket and cuddly toy. I’m afraid in my thirties i suck at packing, so i make i pile of what i want to take and Mr F repacks the things i actually need. Apparently 21 pairs of shoes for the maldives (barefoot everyday) was a little extreme – who knew?

  18. Thank goodness for mums eh? Let’s face it, we need the peace of mind of packing ourselves! #pocolo

  19. brilliant! I have a six year old she would just like pack soft toys and hair bobbles! So I think your little one did really well 🙂 #KCACOLS

  20. First of all I don’t know if I have ever mentioned I LOVE the name of your blog!!

    So adorable that she packs 6 swimsuits, a girls must have choices after all! Thank you for being part of #ablogginggoodtime

    1. beachchairtracy

      Thank you for the encouragement! She is a funny kid! She does love to swim!

  21. Popping back because someone loved this post so much, they added it to the #BlogCrush linky! Feel free to collect your “I’ve been featured” blog badge 🙂

    1. beachchairtracy

      Wow! Thanks. That is a first for me on Blog Crush!

  22. Ha ha, this made me laugh. If I asked my 6 year old to pack, I suspect her bag would be full of her teddies! Thanks so much for linking up at #KCACOLS. Hope you come back again next time.

  23. Ha! I love how kids prioritise when they pack! My 6 year old would just pack toys. #thesatsesh

  24. Popping back from #kcacols !

  25. Ahahahaha, brilliant. My niece comes over with a similar set of things when she stays with us. Except her mum packs for her. #kcacols

  26. You are most certainly braver than me as I have two daughters only a year a part and I just always pack for them when we go away. I would be too frightened to see what they would or wouldn’t remember to pack, LOL! #happynow

  27. I was totally hoping this was a funny post–and it was! I was probably going to have to click away if it was a parenting post about the right way to raise a thoughtful, careful, perfect packer at age 7. 🙂


  28. Mother of 3

    LOL! I love it! My kids always pack stuffed animals and toys first. Typically if we’re going on a “real” trip I hand them a packing list and then I still go through what they packed just to make sure.

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