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.
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
- 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!