|Travel Time Mama||
Packing for a baby or toddler can be quite a challenge. As parents we always want to be prepared, but I don't think any of us want to lug around extra items we may not need. So, in this post I am going to share what we are packing for our Sassy Diva (age 2) for our 4 day cruise to Mexico. Keep in mind, this includes two days or driving and one night in a hotel. After our cruise I will update this post, as to what worked and what did not, because you never really know until you go! Please be patient, I am taking photo's as I pack, so I will be adding to this post over the next few weeks.
Space Saving Diaper Packing: Travel Time Mama Style
We are currently using size a 4. More or less will fit depending on the size that you are using. I also do this with a quart size zip bag for the carry bar or diaper bag. It holds 4 vertically & 2 horizontally.
So, why pack diaper's this way? You can fit more into the bag, and they stay neater. Here is the comparison of rolling verses stacking. There are 14 stacked diaper's in the first bag and 14 plus 2 flat diapers in the second. The rolled bag lays flat and takes up less room.
Now, that we have that covered lets move on to clothing:
It is getting close to cruise time! Which means, I am in my practice packing phase of packing. I know this may seem a little crazy, but I have found that if I wait to pack at the last minute I usually discover that what I want to take wont fit in the suitcases and I end up adding more bags or leaving things behind.
For this 4 day cruise, we are trying a little experiment. We are going to TRY to pack everything we need, in as few bags as possible. The main reason for this is that I can see the circus style juggling act that could happen with me, to many bags, and 3 children. I mean, really, when my husband was alive, the amount of luggage (unless flying) was never really an issue, because he could carry them. I do not want to be toting around a million bags while trying to keep up with a two year old. That sounds like a recipe for grumpy disaster.
I will be packing for a 4 day cruise ( with one formal night), a dolphin encounter excursion (beach and swim stuff and LOTS of sunscreen!) , and one day spent in New Orleans. All of this for 1 adult, a toddler, and my boys (age 7 &11) who will want to bring every toy and electronic device imaginable.
My goal is to take 1 carry on size suitcase (but I will use my full size if needed), 1 rolling backpack, a small rolling carry on bag****this bag has already upgraded to a regular carry on! It was just too small*****a small weekender (for electronics & diaper bag items) and a toddler sized backpack. I will also give the 7 year old the option of taking his back pack for toys but he will be carrying it in addition to pulling the smallest rolling carry on. We will also be taking our small umbrella style stroller .
The rolling back pack and the weekender will serve as our carry on's for on-board the ship as well as for the hotel in new Orleans. No need to take all our luggage into the hotel, just to haul it back out the next morning.
It will be interesting to see how this works out once I actually start packing. I will post more, including photos, as it gets closer to trip time, and then I will post an update after the cruise to share what worked and what did not.