January 19, 2016

How to Pack for Your Toddler for a Trip

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Before we became parents, my husband and I didn't really know what type of parents we were going to be. Whether we were going to be super cautious and stay in a lot or whether we would be more carefree (in a good way) and go out to places more. I think that Troy and I shocked ourselves because we are a lot more easy going than I ever imagined. We love to go out and do lots of things with our daughter. We go to the pool, different splash pads, the zoo, to visit family, etc.

Trip essentials

Now I will say, we really lucked out by having an awesome baby. Sure, we have some trouble with getting her to sleep but otherwise, we have been really lucky. For example, we can usually go out to a restaurant no problem. She loves interacting with people at the mall and she loves to go to family's houses and hangout. We are blessed!

Enjoying a trip to my parent's farm

Often times, when we go out, we go for all day. Also, we take a lot of mini trips to my parent's farm or to my brother's house for the weekend. Therefore, we have gotten really good at packing. Since Adalyn's first trip to the farm at a month old, I make sure to keep a running Google document of our packing list which is updated depending on where we are going, her age and the season.

As she has gotten older, thank goodness, we require a lot less. I am more of a minimalist when it comes to packing and love being able to run out of the house with just our diaper bag at times.

1. Make a packing list
I usually start packing for a trip a couple of days ahead of time to make sure that I have everything that I need. The first step to packing is making a list. These are our must haves for packing for a trip:

2. Buy any additional items you need for your trip
Okay so the list looks kind of long but we can fit it all (except for the stroller) in a duffel bag. If you just are going on a quick trip, I would say the only absolute essentials are some Huggies diapers and wipes. I picked mine up at Family Dollar. Sometimes for a trip, I pick up some extra snacks such as pouches that are super easy to eat even in the car and my daughter loves.

3. Get all of your items together and organize them
Once you have your list and know you have all your items, get them together and put them in your bag. Check off your list as you go through it to make sure that you have everything that you need. My husband likes to put the diapers in one pocket. The hair ties, medicine and other small things in another pocket so that we are organized and can find things when we are on our trip.

4. Relax and enjoy
Getting ready for a trip with little ones is a lot of work and once you have done all your planning and packing, it is time to relax and enjoy!

Visit Family Dollar for all your baby needs (including Huggies products) as it is a one stop shop with great values!

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