After a long week of working and the beat-down of the daily grind, you just want to pack a bag, scoop up the toddlers and have a bit of an overnight adventure somewhere. It’s a good idea to get out of the normal and do something fun and unexpected with the kids. Psychology Today recently wrote about the importance of vacations to our overall physical and mental health faculties – it’s no strange leap to take that kids enjoy the change of pace as well.
No matter the destination, you are going to need quite a few things, for yourself and for your baby or toddlers. But, you likely already know what you need, so this article is going to only touch on the items that you should bring with you on an overnight for your kids.
Outfits for Baby
Pack three sets of baby clothes for every day you are gone, plus a fresh pair of pajamas for every night. Babies are messy and will soil or wet
themselves often and at unpredictable opportunities, so being prepared for this is a great idea. Remember to bring extra socks, as they often get soaked and dirty as well.
Bathing suits, especially if you are staying at a hotel, are an absolute must. Most hotels have a pool, so take the children down to to let them swim and splash around while you relax on the sidelines, or join in on the fun! Also, if you’re staying at a hotel, you don’t need to worry about towels, as they will likely have them available.
If you are still a novice, here is a tutorial on how to fold different types of baby clothes in order to maximize overnight bag space.
Bottles and Formula
Bottles and formula are an absolute necessity; as are any baby food your baby is eating regularly. Assuming that you will be able to find a store with the right things at your destination is an easy mistake to make, unless you do some research before you leave. Keep three or four bottles at hand, so that you can use one, wash one, and have two spares ready to go at any time.
Bring individual store-bought packets of infant formula, if at all possible. They easily pour into bottles and don’t require any measurement prior to mixing. You will thank yourself later when you don’t have to carry around a large tin of formula wherever you go.
Diapers, Diapers, and More Diapers!
Overload on the diapers. Bring double, or even triple if the space will allow it, what you would expect to go through a day for the amount of time you are gone. The last thing you are going to want to do is make a last-minute late-night stop to the store in a strange destination with a messy, fussy baby. Better safe than sorry, so don’t be afraid to go crazy with the overnight diapers.
Your baby or toddler probably has a favorite stuffed animal or toy that they cannot be parted from. Don’t forget this important piece of your child’s life! The attachment children have to stuffed animals is important to their growth and part of the socialization process. It also helps them relax or fall asleep as they would at home.
Staycations, no matter how long, are important for the bonding of your family and the growth and development of your little ones. It’s a great idea to get out there and see the world and experience it together. It’s your job to raise your children to adulthood, but that doesn’t mean you don’t get to have fun and see new things along the way!
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