Our First Road Trip – Tips for Traveling with an Infant

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It’s been about a week since my last post, but I am back! California has always been my favorite place to take a quick trip for the weekend especially since we have family and friends out there. It’s been five months since we’ve been to California and this past weekend was our first road trip with our little babe! Needless to say she had a great time!

She was able to meet her Great Grandma for the first time and I swear it was the sweetest moment. Along with doing that, we took her to her very first Enchanted Pumpkin Patch and got to capture the best pictures!

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Although we had a blast in California, packing for a newborn was stressful! As first time parents, we had no idea what to expect nor how much to pack. Even though it was a weekend trip, I felt like I packed way more than I should have only because unexpected things could happen that we might not be prepared for.

On our drive back home to Las Vegas, I was able to come up with a few tips that will help on our next adventure and hopefully yours too.

  1.  It’s always better to overpack than under pack. I brought two swaddle blankets including the one we traveled with, multiple onesies/outfits in the event they throw up or get dirty, pjs, extra burp cloths, her bath towel, bath things, two cans of formula, extra diapers, extra wipes, and her bottles. In addition to all those items, we also brought her stroller, Boppy Pillow, and her Snuggle Me bed. My husband made fun of me, but they sure came in handy when we needed it!
  2. Drive during their bedtime. This was tricky for us because her bedtime starts at 8:30pm and we had left around 6pm. The instant we got on the road, she fell asleep and slept the whole way with the exception of making a quick stop to stretch her out. It threw off her entire bedtime routine all weekend which was stressful because she would be wide awake at 2am.
  3. Dress for comfort. No need to put your baby in a cute outfit or multiple layers. Throw a onside on, some socks and call it a night. With multiple stops to feed or change, the last thing you want is undressing your baby that’s wearing pants, a onesie, and a sweater.
  4. Always have the essentials handy.  We packed her things in a mini luggage, but kept her essentials in her diaper bag which was in the backseat with us the whole time. It was easy to make her bottles or change her diaper quickly.

I’m sure as we experience more road trips, it’ll get easier to pack! I thought I packed a lot, and then my daughter came and packed more than my husband & I combined!

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