If you read my last post then you should have your baby’s carry-on all packed and ready to go. If not you can check it out here. So, you are Supermom now. Ready to take on whatever spills, meltdowns, boredom, or accidents may occur while in the airport. But, What about your little one’s suitcase though? What do you need to have packed to have a smooth vacation with the kiddos?
What puts my mind at ease when traveling with my kiddo is remembering that if something gets missed you can, most likely, purchase it when you get to your destination. Disclaimer: I am not going to try and sugarcoat it. Traveling with kids is hard. It can be very rewarding at the same time, though, provided you have planned and prepared. My hope with this list is that once you are all packed, all you have to do is sit back and enjoy your vacation. At least as much as possible when traveling with little ones.
- First and foremost, you are going to want to make sure to pack plenty of diapers and wipes. I try to plan for about 8-10 diapers a day. I take one pack of wipes in the suitcase, as well as one in my carry on, and that usually is enough for me to make it through a trip. Don’t forget to pack any little stuff like diaper cream or butt spatulas (as I call them).
- Portable crib or pack and play if your child does not sleep with you. I always find it valuable to check with the hotel or house I am staying at to see if they might have a crib for customer use. Hotels generally have them available upon request, and it is one less thing you have to worry about packing.
- Plenty of clothes. I plan for at least two outfits a day. I always pack clothes based on what the weather will be like, however it is a good idea to have a mix of warm and cool clothes. If you are staying in a home they usually have a washing machine available for use. This allows you to pack fewer clothes if you are taking a longer trip.
- Pajamas or sleep clothes. Don’t forget any blankets, sleep sacks, wearable blankets, swaddles, etc to keep baby warm through the night.
- Several bibs and burp cloths. Again, these can be washed if you have access to a washing machine.
- When packing food for the little one, you want to make sure you will have enough to get you through however long you will be there. Be sure to pack a pump if nursing as well as several storage bags. I also take a cooler and icepack along just in case I need it on the go. We give our little guy formula so I take a big container as well as oatmeal, bottles, and a bottle brush for cleaning. I also pack a few jars of food, or recently, the squeeze foods and a spoon for while we are out. Be sure to pack plenty of snacks if your baby is old enough, and any food or snack containers you might need while you are out and about.
- First aid kit for any bumps, bruises, or aches. I always make sure I have infant Tylenol, Band-Aids, and antibiotic ointment. Also, remember any medications your baby might be taking.
- Any accessories you might need that are trip specific: Socks, shoes, swimming suit, hats, sunglasses (for added cuteness), etc.
- Bath items such as Baby shampoo, baby lotion, hairbrush, and washcloths. You could also bring along a small bath toy that can be packed easily to keep your little one entertained.
- Sunscreen or bugspray depending on where you are going.
- Comfort items: Binkies, blankets, stuffed animals, teethers, etc.
- Lastly, a Monitor if your child will be sleeping or napping in a separate room. I recommend bringing one that is battery operated on both the child and parent monitors. This ensures if you don’t have access to an outlet you can still hear what is happening with your kiddo.
With All of these items packed you should be all ready for your big vacation. It’s time to take the plunge and get up and go. You are ready for the trip of your life, and who better to take it with than your mini-me. If you want help planning your next vacation and where to go, be sure to check out my next posts. As always I would love to hear from you. Let me know f there is anything you think I left out and as always don’t forget to subscribe. Cheers to exploring!
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