The 5 Things You Will Forget (But Really Need) When Vacationing With Baby

Sleeping BabyIt's vacation time! Lists have been made and bags have been packed. You have your baby -- what else do you need? Unfortunately, just about everything. Little ones need a whole lot of stuff -- some of it more than others!

You know you won't forget the car seat or pacifier and if you are breastfeeding, you've got that covered. But what about those little extras that you know you need that you are most likely to forget?

Here are 5 items you do NOT want to forget when traveling with a baby:

  1. Plastic Bags: You can shove them in your bags and they barely take up any room, but you will be so happy you have them for soiled diapers, clothes, and blankets that you may wind up with on the road.
  2. A Nightlight: Don't forget that your hotel room or the lighting where you're staying may be very different from your nursery. You may still need to be up for midnight diaper changes and it can be comforting for baby as well if they wake up.  
  3. Snacks: Make sure baby food or a bottle is easily accessible. If your baby is eating solids, make sure you have something healthy to snack on if you run into delays.
  4. Extra Clothes: I'm sure you packed an extra outfit for your baby, but don't forget about you! At the very least, make sure you have an extra top handy in case of a nasty diaper leak or a spit-up event.
  5. First Aid Supplies: I always carry my own speed-read thermometer and a bottle of infant ibuprofen with us when we travel. The last thing you want to be doing is frantically trying to track down a pharmacy or a supermarket if your baby isn't feeling well or spikes a fever. 

Have you taken a trip with your baby? What's the one thing you always make sure you have in your travel bag?  


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