Baby’s first road trip

E turned seven months old on Friday, and on Saturday we embarked on our first road trip as a family.  We traveled seven hours to see my extended family in Montana.  Over the course of four days, E only had one meltdown, and it was because her grandma put her in the car seat all wonky and none of us realized it until we got her out mid-meltdown.  So proud of my good little traveler!

Before we left, I fretted for days over what to pack for E.  I remarked to B that I felt like we had to fit our entire house into a suitcase.  In the end, I feel I did a pretty damn good job of packing for a seven-month-old with no experience, so I thought I’d share here what we brought, what we forgot, and what we could have left home.


Okay, luckily I did remember to bring the baby.

Trip details:  We stayed at my grandpa’s house (so full amenities) in a Montana town where the temperature ranged from low 30s (F) to low 40s.

What I packed:

  • Ten onesies (3 long-sleeved, 7 short-sleeved)
  • Seven pairs of pants
  • Two pajamas
  • Two sleep sacks
  • Two jackets (one light and one heavy)
  • Several pairs of socks (didn’t count, just tossed a handful in the suitcase)
  • Three hats of different styles
  • Three bottles
  • One 19.8-oz can of formula
  • Three pacifiers
  • Diapers and wipes
  • Diaper rash cream
  • Five or so toys
  • Three bibs
  • Four burp cloths
  • Two towels
  • Three face cloths
  • Eczema-friendly baby soap
  • Creams and lotions for eczema breakouts
  • Tylenol and ibuprofen
  • Various “medicine cabinet” items:  snot sucker, thermometer, nail clippers, etc.
  • Boogie wipes and tissues
  • Two blankets (one light and one heavy)
  • Travel booster seat
  • Travel crib (with changing table)
  • Two spoons and baby food
  • Sound machine
  • Monitor
  • Bouncy seat

Things I didn’t pack but definitely will the next time around:

  • A couple of books (luckily, grandma had packed one)
  • More toys!  E got super bored with the same five toys and was SO happy to be back in her bedroom with her toy box when we got home
  • An extra sheet for the crib
  • A few more bibs

The only thing we packed and didn’t end up using was the bouncy seat.  We’ll definitely leave it at home next time because it took up a lot of room in the car.  We also only used about six of the onesies we packed, and a few pairs of the pants–but I would still pack the same amount next time because you never know how many you’ll go through in a day!

We did have the luxury of being five minutes away from a Walmart in the event we forgot anything significant, but I’m pretty proud of how well we did for our first trip with E!


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