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We just came back from my brother-in-law's wedding on Monhegan, a small island off mid-coast Maine. Our trip involved an hour car ride, some rushing around, and an hour ferry ride. Not too bad, but still a good reminder that packing a smart diaper bag when traveling with a little one is essential; here's a look at how I packed:
Choose the right bag
The right bag will be different for everyone. I am usually traveling with three kids in tow, so I always choose a bag that is big enough, easy to carry (back pack option is a plus), lightweight, and has lots of pockets.
Use a checklist
Everyone's list will look a little different depending on their baby's age, preferences and needs, but this is a basic checklist that's a good place to start. While I'm still nursing baby W a bit, it's nice to have bottles as an option, especially with all the wedding activities and having my mom with us to babysit. The Playtex Baby™ Nurser® with Drop-Ins® Liners are a great bottle option as they are closer to breastfeeding, simulating the same suck with the NaturaLatch® Nipple; these bottles make it easy to go back and forth, which works for us.
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Round up your items
I tend to have a packing spot in my room where I can pile it all up. It's always a good idea to to start this process a few days in advance to gauge what you still need.
Hit the store
Hopefully you've left yourself enough time to go out and grab whatever else you need. I find Target to be a great spot for one stop shopping for baby, they have everything I need from diapers to medicine, and the Playtex bottles, and so much more.
Pack it up
Be a smart packer; give yourself plenty of time to pack wisely and efficiently. Some things I always try to do- pack the change of clean clothes inside the wet-bag until you need them keeping them dry and saving space, fill the baby bottles with water ahead of time, if you're using powder formula put it in a smaller and easy to open and close container, and try to bring new toys to keep baby entertained.
There's a lot involved with traveling with babies, but I assure you, we've done it many times and are most always glad we did. Forget aiming for perfection, best to set expectations low and laugh often- don't forget in all the craziness to to take pictures and have fun!
Take advantage of a great offer- Target is offering 10% off Playtex bottles and cups through September 3rd. Check out the offer HERE
Thanks as always for stopping by! Happy Travels!
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I'm Rebecca, a Maine mom of three energetic young boys and wife of a lobsterman, living in my favorite place, the coast of Maine. You'll find me here talking about my parenting journey, mom style, recipes, running and exercise, travel, stories from our life in Maine and so much more! Most days I'm just figuring it out as I go - Thanks so much for stopping by!