lovely bed and breakfast in Lancaster County. Thanks to the grandparents for watching our boy!
I don't know about you, but there are two parts to going away that really bother me: packing and laundry. It's not especially easy for me to figure out what to throw in a bag, even for a 36-hour excursion. (Will they have a hair dryer? How fancy a restaurant are we going to go to on Saturday?)
To help cut down on the last-minute additions, I developed a packing checklist that can be used for a lot of situations. I simply cross out items or sections that don't apply to the current trip, and then go to work on the things I will need. I hope this will help you out as you are planning your summer vacations.
Update 8/17/11: Here is a link to a PDF version of the checklist.