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Monday, March 27, 2017

Traveling Outside the Country With Little Ones: What to Pack for Baby


Anyone else guilty of over-packing?

I'm not terrible about it, but if I'm going on a 5 day trip you can bet I have at least 10 pairs of underwear.  Not even joking!  I mean, that is something you just don't want to go without, am I right?!

So, as we are packing and preparing for this trip out of the country with a baby + toddler I'm trying to be really strategic about what I am packing for each of us while still making sure to have enough.  One thing I learned from our long weekend at the beach when L was just a few months old is going without a washer/dryer for any amount of time with a baby makes for a lot of dirty clothes.

Today I'm just going to share what I'm packing specifically for the baby because I have a feeling she is going to be the most difficult; difficult meaning I need to pack enough, but not too much.  And since I'm already an over-planner, this is tough.


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Beach Wear: Knowing we will not have access to a washing machine for a few days and we will be spending the majority of our time at the beach or pool, I plan to bring 1 swimsuit per day so that I'm not trying to squeeze a wet swimsuit over a dry baby - the torture!  

I'm also bringing 2 sunhats just in case one gets terribly dirty.

One-Piece Outfits: I loooooved one-piece outfits for my son in the summer and it's pretty much all I'm packing for baby girl for this trip.  One piece means less clothing to pack which turns into less laundry when we get home.  Plus, it's easy and cool for the warmer temps.

Pool Float: I'm bringing a cheap inflatable one so that I can leave it there when we return home.  I don't want to mess with the sand/water or trying to squeeze it back into the suitcase.

Sand Toys: Again, I'm purchasing some inexpensive sand toys that can be left behind if need be.  Laurel sits up on her own and is very interested in what her big brother is doing so I think it's important to pack some toys just for her. 

I found a compact, easy to travel tent for Laurel to lay in when we are at the beach.  I'm not sure how much time we will spend there or how sparse resort shade will be.  Based on images from the site, there is some on site, but I would rather be safe than sorry.

Sun-Protection: I'm a huuuuuuge advocate of sun protection so I intend to have baby powder for sand removal, tons of sun screen, sunglasses, and hooded towels for her.  Again, the resort may have plenty of towels and if I feel the suitcase is too full, I will remove that from the list.

Anything I need that's not on my list?!

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