Thank you all for our comments on yesterday’s post. It seems like no matter if we have all girls or all boys a lot of us can relate to each other. This is why I love blogging.
Since going to the beach a few weeks ago, I have gotten a few emails asking for tips on what to pack for the beach. So I’m going to go through our packing list, which will no doubt seem excessive. But we did need and use everything we packed.
Thank goodness we now have a very large SUV. One child requires a lot of gear. Two kids require a whole lot of gear. For airplane trips to visit family, we aren’t able to bring quite as much, obviously. We have flown approximately 25 times since Hudson was born, so we are seasoned travelers with babies.
My parents have a pack n play at their house along with an activity gym and a bouncy seat. The hardest part, to me, about traveling with an infant is what to do with them when they aren’t sleeping and you aren’t holding them. You need a blanket to lie them down on the floor. Or bring your bouncy seat if you can.
But this time we were staying in a condo- just our little family of four. We had no idea what the condo already had there for us.
I made a list in my “Vacation Planning” section of my home organization notebook. So many of you gave excellent recommendations on what to bring to the beach and they were all so helpful! I used all the comments when packing my packing list.
So this is the packing list (not including items for TC and me):
Clothes for both boys (pajamas and one outfit per day)
A pack of diapers for each boy- regular diapers and swim diapers- (you just never know how many you’ll need. You can always buy them when you get there if there’s a good store where you’re going.)
Swimsuits for both boys
Swim shirts for both boys- I love those SPF protectant shirts. We’re a fair-skinned bunch and it would absolutely terrify me if my boys got sunburned.
Hayes’s bath seat- for him to sit in while on the beach
Baby pool- for filling up on the beach for Hudson to play in
Tailgate tent- we ended up using our tailgate tent because it was big and provided lots of shade. It was easy for all of us to sit under it.
Baby pop up tent- this is the tent that Hayes slept under. We kept it under the big tent and we could close the flap to keep sand and wind off of Hayes.
Activity gym- we were able to lay Hayes down on the floor to play while we were in the condo
Hudson’s favorite movies- we brought Finding Nemo and The Lion king
Portable DVD player- for the drive and in case the condo didn’t have a DVD player
Beach cart for transporting the tents, towels, shovels, chairs, etc. – this made our lives so much easier! I love this thing and will not take a beach trip without it!
Pail and shovel for the beach- Hudson loved shoveling the sand and collecting shells
Small folding chair for Hudson
Large folding chairs for TC and me
Battery operated stroller fan- this clipped on to Hayes’s bath seat and gave him a little bit of relief from the heat
Pack n Play- Hudson had his own room and slept in a twin bed there, but Hayes slept in his Pack n Play so we didn’t have to rent a crib
Bottles- I brought enough bottles for a day so I didn’t feel pressure to wash them as we used them.
Bottle Warmer- My baby likes his bottles the way he likes his bottles– warm!
Formula- There was a very small grocery store that didn’t sell our formula, so I’m glad we brought a full case.
Toys- We brought a couple of Hudson’s favorite puzzles and his Schleich animals for him to play with at night and in case of rain.
White noise machines for both boys
A small fan for Hayes’s room
Water wings for Hudson
This was everything we brought. For a normal trip (where we could get to a Walmart or Target), I wouldn’t bring so much formula or as many diapers. We also wouldn’t need the tents. If I’m flying, I don’t bring the pack n play or the activity gym. We just get a crib from the hotel if we’re going to a hotel and use a hotel blanket for Hayes on the floor for him to roll around.
Small babies need a lot of stuff and traveling can be very overwhelming just because of everything you need to pack.
I’ve tried to do a “flying with babies” and “road trip with babies” post a few times, but even writing the post overwhelms me! Ha! It’s really not that bad, but you just don’t want to forget anything, if possible. And the good news is that if you do forget something, you can pick it up on the way or when you get there!
Do you have any tips to share?