Traveling with Littles

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I am not a big traveler but I do love getting away with my family.  I especially love quick weekend trips to the beach and staying at a hotel with a pool – it is just so fun to play, not do chores, and spend time together.  Below you can find a sample packing list (I used this exact one for our first week-long vacation with both kiddos at ages 5 months and 2 years), as well as some life hacks that have helped make our trips smooth-ish 🙂

  • If flying a long-distance, bring carseat on the plane.  It is a lot easier to have the carseat you are used to because if you rent a car, while they can provide a carseat for you I like not stressing about figuring out how to install it, make straps the right fit, etc.  Also, while this means you need to purchase a ticket for your kiddo on the plane, it is so easy to have a spot he/she can nap, eat, play with toys, etc.
  • Bring special toys just for the plane so that there is some novelty – I especially like toys that suction to the food tray so that baby can’t throw them lol
  • If staying at a hotel, many provide a crib at your request.  If staying at a rental house, there are companies that can deliver baby equipment (crib, high chair, etc.) directly to the house.  Or, you can bring your own goods.  Pack and plays are lifesavers.
  • Don’t stress too much over baby’s schedule, but don’t push baby too far otherwise nobody is going to have a great time.  Be respectful of baby’s sleep needs and then take advantage of awake time to explore.  Finding a balance will help everyone.
  • I relax a bit with my rules, but I don’t start creating bad habits.  So while I might bring baby into bed with me early in the morning a handful of times, something I don’t do when at home, once vacation is over we get back to our normal routine.
  • Have fun!  Attitude is everything 🙂

Toddler

Baby

Gear

  • 7 night diapers
  • 25 day diapers
  • 7 swim diapers
  • Pack of wipes
  • Sleep sack
  • 4 pajamas
  • 1 Shoes
  • 3 socks
  • 4 shorts
  • 7 shirts
  • 2 swim trunks
  • 1 jacket
  • Water bottle
  • Snacks
  • Monitor
  • Sound machine
  • 2 bedtime books
  • Stuffed animal
  • Owl light
  • Blanket
  • Comb
  • Toys/books
  • 7 night diapers
  • 30 day diapers
  • 7 swim diapers
  • Pack of wipes
  • 4 pajamas
  • 7 onesies/shirts
  • 3 shorts
  • 2 swim trunks
  • 1 jacket
  • 4 bottles
  • Box of formula
  • 2 bibs
  • 2 pacifiers
  • Monitor
  • Sound machine
  • Toys
  • Fox lovey
  • Thermometer
  • Tylenol
  • Baby oragel
  • Nail clippers
  • 2 pack and plays
  • 3 sets of sheets
  • Packed diaper bag
  • Monitor/charger
  • Double stroller
  • Carrier
  • Rock and Play
  • Car seats