Short Travels: Suitcase for Kids

suitcase for kids

Last weekend was awesome! We had a few activities planned over two days so we decided to sleep out at my sister’s house. However, it felt like a short vacation and we had to pack like a two day camping trip. We would not get at my sister’s until late on Saturday and would have to leave fast on Sunday morning. The rest of our days were outside. Thus the camping part.

All that said, I was proud of myself. I’m not a minimalist for that long. I used to travel heavy. Luckily, this has changed. This last weekend, we all had a light bag and some more for the kids. I could have packed things more tight and probably save a bag or two, but we had more than enough space in the car and it was not a challenge for this short travel.

 

Here are what I consider the essentials for a baby (around 1 year old)

– 2 outdoor kits: in my case it was 1 romper suit, 1 pair of shorts and 1 t-shirt
– 1 spare shirt: this could be parted with the pair of shorts in suitcase or the one he was wearing when leaving. That’s just in case he gets too dirty. And yes, it does happen quite often!
– 1 sport jacket or light coat in case of rain or cooler nights
– 1 pair of jeans for same purpose
– 1 pajama
– 1 pair of socks
– 1 light blanket: serves for a comforter when sleeping
– 1 pacifier
– 1 toothbrush and toothpaste
– 1 or 2 small toys (Thomas the train and a school bus): we had to keep them busy for Sunday brunch outside
– 1 baby tumbler, 2 baby spoons, 1 baby fork: we could have gone without but my baby often refuses to eat with big ustensils
– 12 diapers: around 1 year old, I’d say 4-5 diapers a day is enough, but I always bring 2-3 more just in case
– Small pack of baby wipes
– Bedding for the crib

He also was wearing is sun hat, a pair of shorts, a t-shirt and sporty sandals.

 

Other baby belongings that didn’t fit in suitcase:
– Travel crib
– Stroller
– Booster Seat: we don’t always bring that one but it made our life much easier during the outside Sunday brunch. Around 200 people were attending and making him eat on our laps or in the stroller would have been hell.

 

We used each and every single thing I brought, except for the spare t-shirt! Therefore, it is an efficient yet still light packaging.

 

Now the essentials for a small kid (around 3-4 years old)

– 2 outdoors kits: 2 pairs of shorts, 2 t-shirts
– 1 sport jacket or light coat in case of rain or cooler nights
– 1 pair of jeans for same purpose
– 1 pajama
– 1 pair of socks
– 1 light blanket: serves for a comforter when sleeping
– 1 toothbrush and toothpaste
– 1 or 2 small toys (Dusty the plane and the same school bus): we had to keep them busy for the Sunday outside brunch
– Sunscreen used for both
– Mosquito Barrier: very essential in our case since my two sons and myself react to mosquito bites

On top of these, he was wearing a pair of short, a t-shirt, a baseball cap and sporty sandals.

Again, we used all of these! Of course, it is much easier to travel light when the kids grow up a little. Put the baby things away and our car trunk would have been close to empty! This is why I wanted to highlight each separately. Age truly has an impact on what to bring in this case. I’m guessing I could have only brought one outdoor kit if the 4 year old was 10.

 

Could Have Been Better?

What I realised over the years is that leaving for 2-3 days or leaving for a week is almost the same with a family with small children. If we had left for a whole week, I would have brought a couple more pieces of clothes and that’s pretty much about it. It is even truer about baby things. The baby has to sleep somewhere, whether it is for one single night or for seven it doesn’t change much. To me, it could have hardly been better, but we could have used the same stuff for 1-2 days more easily. Washing 1 or two pieces of clothes doesn’t bother me and we could have bought diapers during the trip if needed.

 

What do you think? Anything to improve?

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