PACKING for holiday is always chaotic, so imagine what it’s like when you have 22 kids.
Sue Radford, from Lancashire, who is mum to Britain’s biggest family, revealed she has some VERY clever tricks when it comes to getting her bumper brood ready for trips.
Sue and Noel recently took their large family to Florida and revealed some of her top tips on their YouTube channel.
She said: “Good morning everyone and welcome to our packing vlog.
“So many people said ‘please film it, we love packing vlogs.’”
Her first tip is to use packing cubes.
Sue explained: “Loads of people ask me on Instagram about these packing bags.
“They are absolutely amazing.
“I got mine from Amazon. You can get bigger ones like this.
“I put things like hair bobbles, clips, sunglasses in.”
Showing another bag, she said: “These can be used for dirty laundry.”
Each kid has their own cube for their holiday clothes, and she can fit multiple cubes in one suitcase.
Packs with the ‘roll’ method
Sue also has a trick for squeezing all the clothes in the bags.
She said: “You roll them like this, and it’s amazing how much stuff you can fit in them.
“It’s so easy, and when you get to wherever you are going, you can just pull them out of the suitcase.
“You don’t really need to unpack, which is great.”
Lost luggage trick
She also has a good hack for ensuring that she is never caught out by lost luggage when flying.
Sue explained: “I don’t know about anybody else, but I always worry when you go abroad and going on a plane that some of the luggage is going to get left behind.
“So what I do is separate it into different suitcases so if they do lose a suitcase, everybody has always got something when we get to the other side.
“Some of the swimming costumes are in one bag, some are in different suitcases, and then same with the kids’ clothing.”
Gets bargain holiday items
Sue even stocked up on some new cases for her kids.
Showing off some Disney-themed black bags, she wrote: “These suitcases were £45 from Primark, amazing!”
She also got Minnie Mouse T-shirts for the kids from H&M and Sainsbury’s before the trip.
Their Florida break
Noel and Sue revealed they hired a holiday villa for their bumper brood during their Orlando break, which came complete with a pool and pool table.
And perfect for the youngsters, the villa was decorated in an ocean theme, with sharks and dolphins painted on the walls.
The villa had at least nine bedrooms, with bunk beds and numerous beds in each.
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When you have a large family, it can be hard to transport everyone during trips, so Sue and Noel had to both hire vehicles in Florida.
Noel said in their vlog: “We’ve got a 15-seating minibus, which Sue is driving.
“And then over here we thought we’d hire a pick-up truck so we could just chuck all the cases in the back.”
In total, 15 of the family made the trip – 13 kids plus the parents – with some of the older Radfords staying in the UK.
The family threw themselves into Orlando life, including visiting Disney and Universal theme parks.
They even managed to gather everyone together for a group picture at Magic Kingdom.
It was a long old day for the family as 13 hours after her first picture teasing where they were off to, Sue posted a video of the evening fireworks display over Cinderella’s iconic castle.
Sue also detailed how she keeps the kids entertained all day.
Dad Noel could be seen carrying an enormous backpack as the family entered the park, presumably stuffed to the brim with snacks and toys.
Sue helps to tackle holiday washing by doing it during trips.
She said in her video: “We are just getting ready to head out, I just put a wash on, just put the tumble dryer on.”
Thankfully their holiday villa had a big utility room to help with the laundry.
To save money buying food out at restaurants, Sue revealed they often cook homemade food on holidays.
After a day of exploring the Florida parks, the mum showed her kids playing a game of pool, while she tucked into a bag of cheese popcorn.
And the food wasn’t over there, as Noel got the huge barbecue going, which Sue described as “perfect”.
Sue, 46, and Noel, 51, are parents to Chris, 32, Sophie, 28, Chloe, 26, Jack, 25, Daniel, 23, Luke, 21, Millie, 20, Katie, 19, James, 18, Ellie, 16, Aimee, 16, Josh, 14, Max, 13, Tillie, 11, Oscar, 10, Casper, nine, Hallie, six, Phoebe, five, Archie, four, Bonnie, three, and Heidie, two.
Sadly the couple’s 17th child Alfie was still born on July 6, 2014.
The family famously doesn’t rely on benefits and is supported by their pie shop business.
The Radfords, who live in a 10-bed former care home, often show off their millionaire lifestyle on Instagram.