Everyone has their own idea of how to get ready for a trip. My usual packing method is to count the days I’ll be gone and take an outfit for each day, then add a couple extra in case of emergencies and a couple in case the weather changes (long pants in summer, shorts in spring or fall). Oh, and one dress up ensemble, pajamas, maybe a swimsuit and my favorite bathrobe. Then I need a bag for toiletries, make up, a curling iron, vitamins, and emergency supplies like aspirin, antacid, bandages, antiseptic, antibiotic cream….a raincoat, umbrella, extra shoes. Followed by the laptop, a bag for books, my tablet & kindle, writing paper, pens, chargers for my tablet, kindle, and cell phone, a power strip to plug them all into because hotels seldom have enough outlets.
My brother, Jim, (a veteran traveler of the bachelor persuasion) had been in the habit of, not so subtly, hinting that I pack too much stuff. He has a new perspective lately though. Many of our road trips the past couple of years have included small children.
Traveling with toddlers takes packing to a whole new level. Last weekend we took three of my great grandchildren to Ohio with us for a family reunion. That includes two boys aged 2 and 2 1/2 and an almost one year old girl.
So, two sizes of diapers….count on about half a dozen per child per day. Three or four outfits each per day plus pajamas, bath soap, swim gear (floaties and swimsuits), sun block, hair brush, toys, story books, sippy cups, bottles, a port-a-crib, strollers. Snacks for the ride and an ice chest for fruit juice and milk. Even without all the paraphernalia, the necessity for space to accommodate three car seats means taking two cars.
But seeing the world through the joyfully amazed eyes of little ones makes it all worth the trouble.