I meant to post this before I left for Disney World, but Blogger was not my friend, and instead it sat in my list of drafts. Better late than never, right?! Basically, it's just a run down of what was essential for us to pack.
On top of the busy-ness of having both kiddos at home now, I've also been busy getting us all packed for a full EIGHT days in Florida. Did y'all know that even though babies are really small people, that they require a LOT of stuff?
Packing for Kaylee was a breeze.
9 shirts, 9 shorts, a dress, 9 undies, 9 pairs of socks.
Tennis shoes, sandals, and crocs. (Tennis shoes are essential for how much walking we'll be doing at Disney. And sandals and/or crocs are a necessity for the beach.)
2 swimsuits, PJs, a toothbrush and kid toothpaste.
Kid vitamins, sunscreen. She'll share my shower gel, shampoo and conditioner.
Some books, a pad of drawing paper and a box of markers for entertainment on the airplane.
I was a little more complicated.
Several shirts, several shorts, several dresses.
Undies, socks, bras, nursing tanks, swim suit, Tshirts to sleep in.
Tennis shoes and sandals.
Toothbrush, toothpaste, prenatal vitamins, contact case, contact solution, shampoo, conditioner, body wash, hairbrush, straightener, and mascara. (the only makeup you really need!)
Breastpump, nursing pads. (I exclusively breastfeed (as in, never bottle feed) but I found from our Spring Break trip that when Isabelle is distracted by new places and people and things to see that she doesn't eat. I was SO full after a day of no breastfeeding that I would have killed for a pump. I just use a little handheld one, so it's a breeze to pack and have along just in case.)
And then there's Isabelle.
For Isabelle, I packed about 12 different outfits, assuming that we will have our usual poopsplosions in Florida just like we do at home. If so, there will probably be lots of hotel sink clothes washings.
I also packed about 60 diapers, and lots of wipes.
(a note on diapers. You can choose to pack just what you'll need for the day, and then plan on buying a pack or two once you arrive, but I choose to pack them, knowing that we will buy souvenirs and the empty space from where the diapers were ensures that I will have some free space for the extra stuff we take home.)
Baby lotion, baby sunscreen, and little headbands and ponytail holders.
Seven pouches of Happy Baby and Ella's Kitchen baby food, with 5 take and toss baby spoons, along with Happy Puffs, Happy Melts and Cascadian Farms Purely Os.
I purchased this snack dispenser, so that we could have multiple choices but only one container. I highly recommend it!
Two adorable sun hats, baby sunglasses that she refuses to wear, a pair of Robeez, our Paciplay, and about 5 pacifiers, since I plan on losing at least a few.
I also am taking her Chicco infant car seat and stroller (the travel system), her Ergo baby carrier, and our new Balboa baby high chair cover.
We usually refuse to check bags, partly because paying to check bags on top of the airfare charge is ridiculous, and partly because we're impatient and hate waiting for our suitcase to arrive at baggage claim. However, I checked one large suitcase this time, to make it easier.
Can you imagine me trying to manage a wiggly 9 month old, a stroller, a car seat, my purse, her diaper bag AND a carry on suitcase?! There's no way.
Instead, I juggled the aforementioned 9 month old, stroller, car seat, purse and diaper bag.
I also always suggest taking a light jacket on the plane because they can get pretty chilly.
For anyone who's curious, we've flown 2 round trips with Isabelle, and over a dozen times with Kaylee, and I've never needed any form of identification for either of them. I have no idea what sort of situation would need me to have this, but I carry a copy of both of their birth certificates with me, just in case. (Copy, not original!)
And that's that! Ready to go!
What are your essentials when you're packing to go on vacation??