Packing for our first family vacation

We are going to Seattle tomorrow morning to visit our friends. We are very excited to be going, but packing is always a struggle.

Thankfully our friends have a lot of the “extra things” we would like to bring but now don’t need to. For example, hair straightener, blow dryer, etc. So that is nice. They also have a 1 year old so they have baby items as well. We don’t need to bring Liam’s pack and play, baby food, spoons, etc.

For me and Joe we just need to pack our necessities/toiletries and clothes. We will probably pack for all types of weather so that doesn’t make it easy.

Packing for a baby is tough work! I am packing about 1 extra of everything in the event we have a blowout or some kind of mess. We will be gone from Thursday-Sunday morning so this is what I am packing:

  • diapers (I decided 35 regular and 4 sleep diapers-probably too much)
  • Wipes
  • 4 long sleeve onesies
  • 4 t-shirt onesies
  • 5 pants
  • 2 nice outfits
  • 4 pairs of socks
  • robeez shoes
  • 4 pairs of pajamas
  • jean jacket
  • warmer jacket with hood
  • 5 bibs (food and drool)
  • swaddle blankets -one little and one big
  • soft blanket for the plane and stroller
  • infant car seat
  • stroller
  • ergo baby carrier


We are packing our backpack diaper bag rather than my purse diaper bag. We think this will be easier for the plane and travelling in general. In my diaper bag you will find:

  • diapers
  • wipes
  • a spare outfit in a ziploc bag (in case of blowout on the plane or in public)
  • baby toys
  • swaddle blanket (small and big)
  • soft blanket for plane and stroller
  • pacifier (wubbanub)
  • baby food/spoon/bib for Liam’s breakfast
  • changing pad
  • face and hand wipes
  • toy and table wipes

I always worry about having everything and always overpack. But I would rather be safe than sorry.

I will have an update on our vacation and traveling with a baby when we return!

I hope everyone has a good rest of the week and a great weekend!

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