We have taken several trips with Raley since she was born – we’ve traveled to Kentucky a few times, Disney World, Atlanta, and now Illinois. Our first trip out of town was a little overwhelming. I think we brought everything but the kitchen sink. I’d like to think I’ve gotten a little better at knowing what to pack and what to leave at home although there’s always something I bring that I didn’t end up needing and something I left at home that I wish I would have brought. So I thought I would make a separate page that will hopefully help others when deciding what to pack for an overnight trip with baby and also tips for keeping baby on schedule while traveling.
*This list is for a 10 month old so you may need to modify this list for different ages. There may be things you use that we don’t and things I have on my list that you may not need
-Medicine bag (tylenol, teething tablets, gas drops)
(Our pack-n-play is kinda hard so we have a
padded fitted sheet to make it more comfy)
*We also had our diaper bag separate with all the normal things we keep in there – bottles, formula, snacks, diapers, wipes, bib, burp cloth, extra outfit, and some toys
She slept alot of the time in the car so her feeding schedule was off. We tried to plan when we stopped and ate around when she was sleeping so she could get her naps in. She only got fussy around the last couple hours each way. And even then she wasn’t bad, she was just all napped out and getting bored so we had to work a little harder to entertain her. Other than that she was an angel! But I’ve learned that you really have to just read baby’s cues when traveling.
For example, on Sunday when we were at the pool I knew she would need a nap at some point. So we let her float around and play in the pool for a while. When she got tired of that we got out, dried off, fed her and she fell right to sleep. We took that opportunity to eat lunch in the shade at the tables under the umbrellas so she wouldn’t get too hot. I just held her while she slept and she got a pretty good nap in. When she woke up we played in the kiddie pool for a long time. She LOVED walking around the kiddie pool in her float. After that she was hungry and tired again so we fed her and she fell asleep again. She took a short little nap in the shade this time. When she woke up we could tell she didn’t get her nap out so we took that as a cue to go back to the house and get cleaned up and relax for a little bit. She never did go back to sleep but she had fun being inside and being able to crawl around and play with her toys.
|Napping in the shade at the pool
(Believe it or not I sleep just like this sometimes!)