We are a modern California family and road tripping all over the state is pretty much what we love to do. Just because we are parents, that doesn't mean we don't like to have adventures and explore! Being prepared and having the right gear will make or break your travel experience. Read on to see what we pack when getting ready to travel with little Scout.
1. Prepared Meals - Convenience is the name of the game. Having ready-to-eat healthy food options is vital to quickly calm a fussy baby.
We took these pics when our little Scout was just a couple months old and she was purely on formula. On our road trips around California, we packed individual 2-oz sized pre-mixed formula bottles. This makes it super easy to bust out a bottle quickly. Now that she’s on solid foods, we have organic puréed foods in pouches. They have been lifesavers!
2. Compact Stroller - When we began our hunt for a stroller, the number one criteria I had was to make sure it was lightweight and able to fold up compactly. We are always outside on-the-go and the thought of fumbling around with a heavy and bulky stroller sounded so stressful. We ended up purchasing the Maxi-Cosi Zelia 5-in-1 Modular Travel System and we love it! The car seat can fit straight into the stroller for quick trips or you can put a bassinet in so baby can nap.
3. Pack-n-Play - This portable crib is easy to set-up anywhere and it will give you peace of mind that your baby has a safe place to sleep and hangout during travels. A portable bassinet works well too!
4. Outfits - When I'm packing up Scout's clothing I tend to put her clothing into two categories, the “cute” outfits for outings, dining out and any other photo ops and secondly her more basics for chilling out. Babies are notorious for having big spit-ups and overflowing diapers at times. So I try to save my favorite outfits for special occasions and keep my fingers crossed that she doesn't stain them immediately. I always carry a few extra onesies in my diaper bag just in case disaster strikes.
For all you folks taking lots of Instagram pics, I also highly recommend carrying an extra outfit for mommy and daddy. I cannot tell you how many times I've needed to change my outfit because I've got vomit (or worse!) on me from little Scout. Always be prepared!
5. Diaper Bag - While traveling with Scout, we quickly learned how important it is to have a well-stocked diaper bag. It pretty much needs to be your magic bag of tricks to keep the calm in any situation. In a nutshell, these are our essentials for the travel version of our diaper bag:
at least one diaper per hour out of the house
pacifiers (quick note - we had to try out multiple pacifiers before we found one Scout liked. She loves the Soothie pacifiers.)
2 extra onesies
6. Baby Shusher - During our newborn studio photo shoot the photographer was using this little sound machine to create calm and soothing "shushing sounds". As new parents we didn't even know such a thing existed and we were amazed at how effective it was to relax Scout and help her drift into sleep. When traveling, sleeping in an unfamiliar environment can really disrupt your baby's sleep rhythm. This compact and portable little sound machine allows you to bring the comforts of home on the road. And as an added bonus, the shusher also helps adults sleep too!
7. Sun Protection - We live in California and being outdoors in the sunshine is always on the agenda. Protecting both Scout's skin and mine from sunburn is high on the priority list. We travel prepared with sunblock (Honest Company is my favorite baby sunscreen), baby sun hats and lightweight clothing layers. Include some bug spray for good measure to avoid mosquito bites.
8. Travel Bathtub - One of Scout’s favorite time of the day is bath time and it really helps her to wind down and get ready for bed. We love the Munchkin Inflatable Duckie and Swan Baby Bathtubs. When you let the air out they fold-up really compact and are quick to blow-up. Easy and light!
9. Soft Books - When Scout starts getting fussy, it often helps for her to hear the sound of our voices. Reading to her is not only soothing for her but a fun way for us to interact with her. Our doctor even recommends reading out loud to help her brain development! Traditional books are hard and bulky… enter fabric books! Lightweight, fun for baby to play with and easy to pack in a suitcase.
10. Camera - In the hectic world of parenting, we often worry about the essentials and then forget about the fun stuff. Taking photos to capture family moments is most certainly a hobby of mine (hence the blog!) and I strongly encourage you to do the same. Not only should you be sure to pack the camera but make sure to bust it out and start snapping away. Your future self will thank you for capturing baby's memorable moments.
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