We have traveled a lot since having our little one back in December. Our family lives 4 hours away, so between visiting them, a mini-vacation and the fact that I travel for work some, we have traveled a lot with our little one. Every time we travel with him it feels like I pack the entire house (if you asked my husband, he would say that I DO pack the entire house).
There are 5 Essentials for Traveling With Baby that I have found make each trip easier.
A Place to Sleep. Most of the time, we take the Rock and Play for our little one to sleep in. Now that he has almost outgrown it, we are going to have to start taking the Pack and Play with us. The Pack and Play takes up a little more room in the car, but it will be nice for him to have a place to sleep and play as well. Most hotels do provide cribs or other items for babies to sleep in, but most of the time when we are traveling, we stay with family members. If we do stay in a hotel, I still prefer that he has his own place to sleep from home-he just seems more comfortable.
Feeding Essentials. We take almost all of his bottles with us when traveling. I know this may seem like overkill, but it saves us from having to wash the bottles so much. If we are going out during the day and will be gone for several hours, it saves me from trying to wash the bottle in a public sink to refill–instead, I just take several clean bottles with us. I also take a medium sized bowl or container & dish washing liquid to use for washing the bottles-especially if we are staying at hotel, this just keeps from having to wash bottles in a bathroom sink. We also take his baby food, spoons and bibs. My favorite bib as of lately is this adorable bib from Bibs Plus! I loved Winnie the Pooh growing up, so it makes me happy to see my little one wearing this bib. It is so soft and keeps him dryer longer (he is drooling SO much from teething).
Diapers and Wipes. Of course this sounds like a no brainer, but you would be surprised at just how many times I have almost forgotten to pack them. I make sure to take more than enough diapers and wipes than I think we will need, it’s better to have too many than not enough! I have also found it’s more expensive to stop at a drugstore in a panic after running out of diapers on a trip. Packing enough saves us money and a major headache.
Stroller. Our strollers have been lifesavers! Each time I leave without it, I always find that I could have used it. We have been using the larger jogging stroller that came with our travel system, but we are getting ready to transition to an umbrella stroller. I’m not gonna lie-I am excited about transitioning to a lighter weight stroller!
A Bunch of Other ‘Stuff’. Okay-this isn’t really just ‘one’ item, but there are several things that don’t really fit into a category, but that are important to taking with us when we travel. Here is a brief rundown:
- Diaper rash creme
- Sunscreen (if we will be outside)
- Additional clothes/outfits
So, all of this ‘stuff’ begs the question–what do I pack it all in? Our Oemi Baby diaper bag is PERFECT for packing all of this ‘stuff’ in. I find that I am sometimes the ‘bag lady’….I carry a ton of bags wherever we go. This bag is BY FAR the best bag for traveling with baby. I can even fit my small laptop in the bag so that I can work on the go.
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