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Another blog post from Mr. Deals…
So as experienced a traveler Mrs. Deals is, I have to say, we have some serious work to do when traveling with the future Deals Queen. One of the things I’ve always loved about Mrs. Deals is her ability to pack so light. She is definitely not the type of person to have a separate bag dedicated to shoes. I mean, with airline baggage fees the way they are would you expect anything less? Somehow we’ve managed 18 day trips overseas with just a simple overhead size wheeled suitcase (one for each of us). And, we even have managed to bring back lots of purchases in those bags.
Well, it’s been a different story with Baby Deals so far. I get it, babies require a lot of stuff. So far we’ve only done road trips so it’s been ok to actually go a little overboard on the packing, but Mrs. Deals has taken it to a whole other level. Now, Mrs. Deals and I drive a standard midsize car. No SUV or anything for us (though my mind is starting to change about getting one). At about 1 month old we took Baby Deals on her first road trip to Cape Cod (a beautiful place to visit in the northeast if you’ve never been – especially during the summer). This was a Summer trip, so I figured I could pack in just a backpack. All I really need is a pair of board shorts and a couple t-shirts and I’m set. Mrs. Deals could pack light as well. Baby Deals, oh no, that’s another story.
A few things you need right off the bat:
- Pack N’ Play
- Diapers (about 80 give or take for a week away)
So right there you already have the trunk filled of a midsize car. Then you add in a bag of clothes, swaddles, bibs, etc. and multiples because there’s bound to be some “accidents.” Ok, so you’ve now got the back seat filled (can’t forget the fact that a car seat takes up the other half).
But with Mrs. Deals, there was way more that was necessary. We had to bring the napper thing, the mobile, a bassinet, a seat swing thingy, I don’t even know what else was in there. You could barely fit us in the car! My first question was how the heck are we ever going to do this if we have to fly!?!?
After not using about 40% of the extra stuff we brought, Mrs. Deals has definitely calmed down a bit. I don’t know if we have figured out flight ready packing just yet, but we’ll be there soon.
I’m curious, those of you with kids, what are the essential baby things you bring on a plane when you’ve got a kid under a year? I’ve got to help Mrs. Deals prep for our next trip!