Picked up a National Parks 100-Year Commemorative stamp sheet at the US Post Office yesterday. These would be great to use as you travel! If you’re not one to keep a travel journal, here’s a quick travel-journal hack that’s easy and inexpensive… Write on an oversized post card your experiences and mail back home to yourself! When you return home, you’ll have memories ready to put in a scrapbook!
Traveling with a little one still in diapers? Here are some tips that have helped us keep things manageable.
- Have storage that acts as double duty. I love my ottoman that I picked up from Home Goods – the lid pops off and I’m currently using it for diapers, wipes, and related supplies. I like that it is nearby where I lay little Miss down to change her on the couch and everything is in arms reach. When not changing baby I can use to put my feet up while sitting at the couch or flip the lid and use it as a spot to keep my drinks or munchies. We just put the ottoman on the couch before moving the pull-outs in and taking off.
- Stow a pack-n-play under the bed and use as baby’s crib at night. It’s one of the last things pulled out in the evening and the first things to be put away in the morning. You could also take it outside and use it to keep baby in a safe spot depending on the weather – just be aware of how much time your baby or toddler is spending in it.
- One of our survival pieces left over from raising twins was the baby corral. The interlocking system is easy to take apart and folds up for easy transport. We’ve used this to contain our dogs when they would travel with us and have also used it to keep our little ones in a safe zone while we are busy making dinner or taking care of things around the site. Be mindful of providing your little one with toys to play with while in the coral and be sure to check the location well when establishing where it will be, making sure no items that could be potentially harmful are hiding on the ground. You’ll also want to avoid placing on an area with small pebbles that would fit in baby’s mouth.
- Look for a site close to a play area if it is available. You will need to be present while they play, but it makes it easier to go back and forth to your site if you are nearby.
- Pack outfits in gallon size ziplock bags – makes it easy to stow and also helps you quickly see that you have enough outfits for each day of your stay. Each bag needs to have a top, second layer (if spring or fall), pant/skirt, socks, shoes (if the daily option doesn’t match the outfit), and any hair accessory (if packing for a girl). I also pack a fabric bag to put dirty clothes into making it easy to transport to a laundry facility if you’re on the road for an extended period.