My husband and I are actually using some of our vacation days this year – hooray! I am so excited; we haven’t gone on a real vacation in quite some time. Our tickets are booked, our hotel reservations re-confirmed, and I’ve double-checked to make sure none of the kids’ passports are about to expire. (Yes, we are actually leaving the country. We are
brave probably stupid optimistic.)
To prepare, I’ve begun the rigorous logic game that is packing for myself and all three of my children.
To my surprise, I’m finding that packing for the baby presents the biggest challenge. I think this is because when my oldest was a baby we were way too chicken to travel with him, and when my middle child was a baby we had two under two so the very idea of travel was a humorous joke. In other words, I’ve never done this before.
But I’ve attacked the problem in true lawyer fashion: I’ve made a packing list.
Here’s what I’ve got so far. Let me know what I’ve missed.
- Baby passport (baby’s passport photo is SO ADORABLE SQUEEEE!)
- Nighttime diapers
- Swim diapers
- Sun hat
- Another sun hat in case the first one blows away
- Baby sunglasses (it’s never too soon to prevent macular degeneration! Also baby looks stone-cold awesome in them)
- Bug spray (can I put DEET on baby’s skin or will that damage baby in some way that will result in me getting kicked out of my Facebook mommy group? Must ask pediatrician.)
- Mosquito net for baby’s bed (super effective at preventing Zika! And also malaria!)
- Organic sunscreen (of course)
- Terrible chemical sunscreen purchased at drug store (because let’s be honest, that organic stuff does not rub in and smells weird and then baby looks like a ghost all day; and does it even prevent sunburns? because there was that whole mess last year with kids getting burned even with natural sunscreen? Also the Coppertone Baby sunscreen smells so good even though decidedly not organic)
- Take break from packing to enjoy small glass of wine
- Travel high chair
- Baby spoon and fork
- Pouches of baby food (is 12 enough? Maybe will take 36 just to be safe.)
- Sippy cups (glass of course)
- But wait, glass ones might break in transit so perhaps we can get away with plastic sippys during the vacation? If they are BPA free???
- Some of those throw-away placemats that adhere to the table; love those
- Extra formula (do they sell Similac in other countries? Must Google this.)
- Travel formula dispenser (so convenient!)
- Changing pad
- Portable diaper genie for dirty diapers (Is this actually a thing? If not I need this to be a thing because otherwise the diapers will make our hotel room intolerable in short order. Someone get the baby gear companies working on this please.)
- Perhaps just one more small glass of wine
- Multiple swimsuits made from SPF-protective fabric (of course I buy the SPF ones; I’m not a monster)
- Minimum five outfit changes per day (so that works out to be, like, 35 outfits. Does baby own that many outfits? Maybe I need to run to Target.)
- Extra socks
- Sleep sacks
- White noise machine
- Lovey blanket
- Muslin swaddle blanket in case it’s cold in hotel room
- Giant collapsable shade umbrella for beach
- Blow-up floatie ring with built-in sun shade for pool
- (Wait, is chlorine bad for babies? Maybe I should call and ask if hotel pool is saline.)
- Minimum one dozen pacifiers because those damn things always disappear on vacations
- Baby Advil, baby Tylenol, baby medicine dosing thing that looks like a tiny bottle, Nose Frieda, baby Vicks VapoRub
- Teething tablets
- Teething toys I can put in freezer (is there freezer in hotel room? Must call and check)
- Maybe one of those amber teething necklaces, even though science has proven they don’t work? Better to cover all bases, though.
- Diaper rash cream
- Car seat
- Car seat travel bag so car seat does not become damaged in transit (wait, Google says car seat bags don’t always provide adequate protection. Perhaps should purchase new car seat and have it shipped to vacation destination in original box? Or maybe just light $200 on fire at the rate I am going)
- Stroller travel bag
- Ergo baby carrier (I know everyone likes Becco or whatever better these days but I’m still rocking an original Ergo from when my oldest was a baby and it’s not even organic cotton and I DON’T CARE)
- Travel crib and bedding (hotel will provide a Pack N Play, but I feel like theirs are probably full of cooties; much better option to simply drag my own 20-pound crib across the country)
The packed suitcase currently weighs 83 pounds (four times as much as the actual baby, in case you were wondering) and does not include the stroller, car seat, or crib.
I think this trip is going to go well.
But maybe I should just have one more small-ish glass of wine.