I’ve always thought of myself as an expert packer, even though I have almost no experience in packing for long trips. But since we’ve always lived in small homes and I grew up going camping, I’ve gotten used to cramming a lot of things in small places. Since I’d never traveled with a toddler though I was a little overwhelmed. I read as much on the internet about traveling with a toddler as I possibly could. My searching led me to Trips with Tykes and I fell in love. I devoured every single one of their posts. Since we were going to visit family we had already planned on them getting a few of the things we would need while we were there, but there were still a lot of things that we needed to pack.
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Packing for D.C.
Since we needed his car seat on the plane and the stroller to navigate through the airport in addition to our backpacks, I knew we’d only be able to bring 2 suitcases. Originally, I was going to pack all of my and the baby’s things in one suitcase and all of my husband’s in the other. But I read a tip about packing at least one outfit for each person in each suitcase. That way if a suitcase gets lost, you still have clothes to wear. So that’s what we decided to do. We spent the first 3 days of our trip in D.C. and the last 3 in Baltimore. We packed each case for a “leg” of our trip. One got all the outfits we planned to wear in D.C. and one got all the outfits we planned to wear in Baltimore. This actually made packing a lot easier.
I had no idea what the weather would be like. It said it was humid, but with the possibility of rain. So I brought everything for Bugs. Thankfully his clothes are really small. So I brought a t-shirt, long sleeve shirt, pants, and shorts, for every day for him. It ended up being cold and rainy, so I was glad I brought so many outfits for him. Although, I only brought things for warm weather for myself. So I froze a little! But it was fine. Bugs also now really likes playing in the water and has figured out his water cup leaks when he dumps it over, so I was really glad to have extra outfits. 😃
Traveling with a Toddler
We also brought his portable high chair and I stuffed it into the bottom of the suitcase. I love having this around because he really likes having his own place to sit and eat. We definitely wouldn’t have wanted to be without it. I also managed to shove all of our bath products into those two suitcases. I also brought baby nail clippers, his medicines, and enough first aid supplies for the entire family. Hey, you can never be too prepared.
You should have seen us at the airport! We looked like people who had no idea what we were doing. We parked at the satellite lot and a worker came over to help us because we looked so lost. But I was happy that we had everything that we needed on our trip!