We recently went on a trip to Florida for a friends' wedding. We currently live in Kansas City and the drive is roughly 14-16 hours. It was a last minute decision and our friends' were so kind as to pay for us to attend their destination wedding. We jumped on the opportunity 3 weeks before there wedding and were on our way.
Sadly we did not consider the effects it would be on our little then 3 month year old son and how it wouldn't be as fun as we would have liked it to be. From the car ride, to breastfeeding in the car, to 18 hours one way, to being with a car full of dudes. Yes, there was 4 other grow men with me and I was the only girl, ain't I lucky ;-)
I don't mean that in a bad way either! The guys were so patient, so kind, so helpful during that trip that I couldn't of done it without them. I'm so blessed to have such amazing men in my life that they were willing to deal with a crying, fussy baby and a married couple feeling very stressed out and self concious of their surroundings.
First off, if you can avoid it, I would highly and I mean HIGHLY recommend not traveling with a child under 6 months old. It is not only extremely stressful for you and your spouse. But it's very overwhelming for a little person who is new to the world as it is. Liam (my son) was used to a 20 min car rides not 18 hours. The beach was an experience which I think he enjoyed but was also taking a lot in visually, hearing the ocean for the first time, touching sand between his toes, sleeping was off due to a new sleeping environment etc. All so new and awesome. But A, he won't even remember it, and B it was just stressful for everyone taking in all this new information.
So, overall, Florida was an... experience. We had a lot of ups and downs but we made it, and won't do that again until he's older lol.
I learned a lot going on this trip. Like things to bring and not bring. Here are some traveling tips I would highly recommend to bring if you do want to travel with a little person under 6 months old. I don't believe that you over pack while on vacation.
Here are my top 5 things to keep in mind while packing up your little person.
1.) YOU CAN NEVER HAVE TOO MANY DIAPERS!!!
I can't stress that enough. You never know how much or how little your person is going to pee and poop. We were gone for 5 days and I packed 7 outfits and 7 days worth of diapers and guess what. I used them all. Yes. I used his last diaper when we were 4 hours away from KC. Whew. Just barely made it!
2.) Pack extra clothes
Like I said above you never know if they are going to poop up their back everyday, or you get rained on because of unforseen weather conditions, but pack at least a couple days of extra clothes for them so you don't have to go out and buy them. This not only saves time spent at the store buying clothes, but saves you money so you can enjoy your vacation.
3.) Bottle or Breast needs
So, Florida is hot, if you didn't know. For you breastfeeders I would bring extra dispoable nursing pads and clothe pads. I would use the clothe pads during the day and use the dispoable ones in the evening. Or you can do vise versa whatever works for you.
For bottle feeders, pack enough formula. If you use a particular formula you don't know if the store will have what you need, so honestly, pack extra, you never know if your baby will have a growth spurt while you're on your trip and need extra milk or if they get sick and just want more milk because it's the only thing that will soothe them.
4.) Pack N Play/Bassinet
Whatever you have your child sleeping in at home, you want to bring that with you when you go traveling. We drove so it was a little bit easier to pack up our Pack N Play with us. But if you're flying and staying in a hotel I would recommend getting a King Size Bed. We were blessed with one in our room and discovered that Liam slept better with us than in his Pack N Play. Wish we had a King size bed at home but we alternate now at the house.
This I think is completely optional. Liam was still so small that he was interested in anything but people. So we only packed like 3 toys for him and he hardly used them. I think for older kids I would do the same thing, bring a few of their favorite toys that they can play with in the car and purchase some cool toys at your destination. This makes the vacation a little more speical to them, they can say, " I got this toy in Toyko." Or wherever.
No matter what, you CAN do this trip. It's hard, but you can do it and it's not impossible.
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