And checking it twice…
When my son was first born we made an extremely thorough list of what to take with us when we traveled (since we were flying we also had a list of what we could guarantee to pick up at Target to save weight). As we’ve traveled more, we’ve been more confident and less list reliant but at the end of the day there are definitely some items we can’t live without and don’t want to have to find a store for…
1.) Favorite stuffed animal(s) – we typically bring 2 -3 of his favorite friends depending on the length of the trip
2.) 1 – 2 of his blankets and his travel pillow. There is something about the comforts of home that makes putting him to bed better.
3.) Medications – Allergy medications and pain killers just in case
4.) 24-48 hours worth of diapers. Just in case of travel delays or stores not being available.
5.) 24-48 hours worth of formula (for when he was younger) (same reasons as the diapers)
6.) Powdered pedialyte – more convenient then carrying the liquid but wonderful to have on hand if anyone has an upset stomach or is dehydrated.
7.) Weather appropriate clothes – over Thanksgiving on our trip to Minnesota we forgot the 3 year olds boots… lets just say he got carried more then usual…
8.) Toys & Books – We have a backpack that we put his stuff in. He gets to pick some of what we wants and we have some stuff that only comes out for travel which makes it more interesting when its out.
9.) First aid kit – or at minimum band-aids and antiseptic cream.
10.) A map or guidebook of where you are going. Sometimes you may not have internet so its good to have a backup!
What is on your must have list?