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Packing (and the dreaded unpacking) process with littles can seem a bit overwhelming. When you have babies and toddlers it feels like you have to pack the entire house even for a 24-hour trip! I’ve learned a lot when it comes to packing a suitcase for kids. I have a passion for travel and exploring, even if only calls for a quick trip with most of it spent driving. I could write an entire post on kids in the car because that’s a lot to handle, but for today let’s focus on how to pack a suitcase for toddlers and babies.
Tip 1: Keep to routine as much as possible
You’re not in the comfort of home, but you can make anywhere home in my opinion! We set up bedtime, bath time, lunches, snacks and all the things in between in the same manner regardless of where we are. There are those times that things just can not go as planned and by routine, so we just roll with it. One area we never change is our bath time routine. Bath time sets the tone for bedtime and parents know, bedtime is a process with a big reward (me time!) We travel with the same bath time items to every destination.
I know you might be asking… do you really travel with the 27 oz JOHNSON’S® Pink Lotion? YES, yes we do. Not only do we trust the products, but we find them easy to travel with at any size. While they do offer a variety of sizes, we find that for frequent travels that the large size with the easy-to-use pumps is the way to go. We don’t pause or skip a beat with our baby bath routines regardless of where we are! We pack it with care and set up our typical bath time routine. The kids don’t notice a difference and I think that’s because we continue the same bath set up as we do at home as often as possible.
Tip 2: Let the kids pick out something to pack
My boys love helping! At ages 1 and 3 they both feel like big boys when I let them help pack. Each of my boys gets to pick a shirt and stuffed animal that goes on our trip. Not only letting them pick it out but letting them put it in the suitcase brings them such joy. If you must, fix what they put in the suitcase later on in the evening and be sure to let them know it’s ready to go! My 3-year-old has asked if his items are still in the suitcase just for confirmation before we leave and it’s too cute.
I use to pack my bags last minute and avoid it like the plague. Now I enjoy packing and start a day or two early and take my time. If it takes 2 days to get everyone packed so be it! Having the boys help ME pick out my outfits is fun too. My smallest nods his head when I picked an outfit he likes, how cute is that?!
Tip 3: Pack the must-haves last
This might be surprising but packing the items you can’t live without last is a game changer! When I put a focus on packing the items I knew I had to have I forgot about other things, every.single.time. Here are a few items we consider a must when packing a suitcase for toddlers and babies:
- White noise machine
- Bath items
- Baby medicine/pain reliever (you never know)
- Diapers and wipes
- Extra outfit
We begin with packing the days ahead including an outfit for each day, the items I let the kids pick, my items, and shoes then we begin to pack the must-have can’t live without things last. I find that when you pack the daily outfits last sometimes you are rushing to get things done and miss a piece of necessary clothing outside of the can’t live without items.
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Out of my top 3 packing tips which do you currently use? Are you a stressed packer or do you take your time and let it happen? I’ve learned so much with my recent many travels with a toddler and baby. Going with the flow, keeping a routine, and packing with ease (no fancy charts or stress) is where it’s at. Remember that when you pack you’re already setting the tone for the entire vacation or trip. Set a fun kid-friendly tone that welcomes them for a fantastic adventure.
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