I am getting ready for a trip to visit my sister. My family is out of town and my husband is going to a conference, so rather than be alone for four days, my sister invited us to go stay with her for a few days. We were originally planning on a two night stay, but because of the snow and rearranging the trip, we will do three nights.
This is the first time I am taking the kids on a trip without my husband or my parents and I am super anxious. I made a list of all the things we need and I am trying to pack everything into each other so I don’t have as much to heft around. Even so, my list is ridiculous, so I thought I would share it with you.
What I am taking on a three-night trip:
Clothes- plus tons of extras for Mr. Man who can’t be trusted to wear just one outfit a day
Pack and play- We will be sleeping on the couch/floor in my sister’s studio apartment.
Bedding for pack and play
Little Miss’s sleeping bag (Frozen of course)
Food- Kids have specific needs that a single girl with a dog doesn’t stock in her fridge. We are taking, grapes, apples, squeezy pouches, coconut milk, waffles, coffee mate (since my sister said she ran out) and the Greek yogurt I am surprisingly into lately.
Snow pants, boots, mittens, hats- I am so over the snow.
Infant and toddler Tylenols- You never know when someone will surprise you with a fever.
Double stroller- We will be doing some walking.
Umbrella stroller- I figure if we need to stop at a rest stop for Little Miss to use the potty, it would be helpful to lock Mr. Man in so he can’t touch everything.
Laptop- I’m in school and will have to do work. Yuck.
Ipad- in case the kids get crazy in the car
Toys- because they are kids and need something to do
Sippy cups- We still aren’t ready to use straws everywhere we go.
Potty seat- This is the one I hate. It grosses me out to take this thing on a trip, but Little Miss would be upset if every potty visit for days involved me helping her not fall in. Especially the poopy times.
So yeah. I probably should have bought a Suburban. Or rented a U-Haul trailer. And I bet you a lot of the things I bring will go unused, but better safe than sorry. Let’s just hope that we don’t hit traffic, no one has a crying nervous break down in the car and we have a great visit. Wish me luck!