If you get my weekly newsletter, you most likely read Midge’s dilemma with over-packing for a weekend getaway (if you don’t get my newsletter be sure and subscribe via the sticky note in the upper right corner of the blog). Here are a few thoughts I had regarding her packing problems:
When traveling, the easiest thing to pack is samples of baby supplies such as diaper cream, lotion, baby soap, etc. You probably received some while in the hospital and if you watch the mail, there always seems to be yet another sample of something in a magazine or with baby coupons.
Depending on your getaway destination, the following checklist offers some great tips on things NOT to forget. Of course if you pack everything on this list, you may end up in the same dilemma as Midge. Be sure to pick and choose exactly what will be appropriate for your trip. Is an umbrella really necessary in mid-January?
It’s also a good idea to have an emergency ‘stash’ of baby items in your car. You could store these in a small bin, resealable bag or even a recycled ice cream container. Your stash might include things like: a few diapers, travel size wipes, sunscreen, insect repellent, a onesie (or season appropriate change of clothes), snacks, pacifier and/or a small toy. Having this small stash of extras in your car will safeguard you in the event of a forgotten diaper bag or a baby mishap (we all know what the results of a diaper blowout can be!).
And always remember to bring your wallet because unless you’re planning a weekend backpacking in the mountains, there will most likely be a store close by in case you need something. Pack with purpose and enjoy your trip!