Monday, June 19, 2023

What did we pack for extended travel with two children?

Ok. So I know three weeks isn't exactly extended travel, but it's long enough that we will have to do laundry a few times, so what we've pack could work for more time than we're going. 

After doing massive amounts of laundry, calling in reinforcements in the form of my mom watching the baby (thanks, Nana!) and trying (in vain) to explain the concept of a capsule wardrobe to my Adventure Associate, we begin with her packing. My goal was to pack about a weeks worth of clothes that could be mixed and matched in a variety of ways. I told her we could pull out everything she thought she wanted and then would remove things if it didn't all fit.

She settled on:
-2 pairs of leggings
-1 pair of lightweight long pants 
-2 pairs of cotton shorts
-1 skirt with shorts built in
-1 jumpsuit and 1 romper (in lieu of a dress)
-6 t-shirts/blouses (1 sleeveless, the rest short sleeved)
-1 lightweight sweater and 1 warmer sweater
-4 pairs of pajamas (I couldn't convince her to go any lower!)
-8 pairs of underwear and 8 pairs of socks
-2 bathing suits (1 one-piece and 1 bikini)
-1 pair of sneakers and 1 pair of sandals
-1 baseball hat (not pictured, we added it later)

And what do you know? It all fit! Her toiletries fit nicely into the front pocket. You can see her check list:

Next, I moved onto Intern stuff. This was pretty easy since he can't argue with my choices. Also, his stuff is small, so it all fit into a small backpack that fit under the stroller. In addition to his clothes, we will bring his carseat and folding stroller, boppy (I traveled without it this spring and really hurt my shoulder- I say it's worth the carry), and a sleeve of diapers and wipes. We're bringing enough to get us through a few days and will buy more along the way.

Intern packing list:
-8 onesies (4 with legs/shorts; 3 tank tops, the rest short sleeved)
-2 lightweight pants and 2 shorts
-3 pairs of pajamas and 2 swaddle sacks
-1 pair of shoes, 1 pair of booties, 5 pairs of socks
-bathing suit (and swim diapers), rash guard, 2 sun protection hats
-1 changing mat, 1 burp cloth, 1 extra boppy cover
-6 bibs/kerchiefs (he drools... a lot)

Intern toiletries (in my bag):
-baby sunscreen
-baby lotion
-forehead thermometer
-nail file

Then it was time to pack for myself. I expanded my usual travel kit, probably to about 2 times what I used to pack. First off, as I'm nursing, I wanted everything I brought to be accessible for that. On the plus side, nursing tops have built in bras, so I didn't have to pack those! Well, except for sports bras, as I did decide to pack exercise clothes. I've gotten into a good post-partum workout routine and I want to keep it going. Lastly, given the volatile nature of diapers, I figure I want enough clothes to be able to change more than once a day without doing laundry every other day! While not "ultra light" the way we used to go, this is still pretty slim packing and could have easily fit in my old backpacking pack if I still had it...

I ended up with:
-3 pairs of lightweight pants
-1 pair of shorts
-5 nursing tank tops
-2 nursing dresses
-1 jumpsuit
-2 lightweight weight layers and 1 nursing sweater
-1 bathing suit
-3 exercise outfits (leggings, sports bra, shirt)
-8 pairs of underwear, 8 pairs of socks, 7 pairs of washable nursing pads
-1 pair of flip flops, 1 pair of running shoes, 1 pair of walking sneakers
-1 sun hat (not pictured)
-1 "backpack" style baby carrier, 1 ring sling baby carrier

I put a lot of my stuff into travel size containers. I find I am getting pickier about what I use as I age.
-face wash, scrub, face cream with spf, night cream
-shampoo, condition bar (a new purchase I'm excited to try!)
-hair cream, gel, leave in conditioner
-toothbrush, toothpaste, floss
-contacts and solution
-inhaler, nasal spray, allergy meds, vitamins
-hairties and clips
-light makeup bag (eyeliner, mascara, elf "bite" pallette, powder)

I packed everything up into a duffle bag with wheels. I know, I know, a rolly bag isn't exactly Adventure gear, but considering I will often be wearing the baby, it made sense to give myself the option of rolling the bag.

Matt packed his bag while I took the kids to Target for some last minute toiletries (like swim diapers, baby sunscreen, hair ties...), so who knows what he packed in his backpack. Allegedly it includes:

-lots of athleisure wear
-one nice outfit
-bathing suit
-flip flops, running shoes
-toothbrush, allergy meds, face razor

Update - Matt's packing photo:

Between the 4 of us we have:
3 back packs, 1 small rolling duffle, 1 large purse ("personal item"
Stroller/carseat, boppy.

And it's all coming on the plane with us. We've made it through security...

Here we go!

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