This time of year there is a lot of discussion if vacationing with your kids is really a vacation. One thing all parents can agree on, traveling with young ones can be tricky. There is a lot of prep that goes into packing and even if you think you think you have the most perfectly packed suitcase, your baby will probably find some way to throw a tiny wrench in your perfectly packed plans. But no need to fret, because here are six tips when hitting the open road and traveling with your baby.
- Make Lists – Even if you aren’t a list person, traveling with a baby is the time to become a list person. Because your baby needs so many things, don’t get caught without an essential item because you didn’t make a list. Staying organized before you leave will help your entire trip.
- Keep it Close – If the items you need are important: lovies, bottles, diapers, and extra clothes, keep the close to you. While you are traveling, you don’t want to unpack the entire car looking for a new outfit. Keep all these items in your diaper bag or in a small bag near you and the baby.
- Prepare Your Car – From adding sun shades to the back windows to making sure you have a cooler for snacks, food, and bottles, making sure your car is roadtrip and baby ready will make the trip run smoothly.
- Plan Around Naps – If it’s possible, leave at a time that make the most or your baby’s nap time. This doesn’t always work when it comes to distance or traffic, but if you’re baby is sleeping while you drive, you can relax a bit.