We may not have the third location narrowed down when it comes to our upcoming backpacking trip to Europe, but we do have the packing started. This weekend, we started a master list of the things to bring along, and made a quick trip to buybuy BABY to grab the last thing on our ‘to buy’ list, a baby carrier.
With that, we have Stella’s things nearly all packed for the trip – three quarters of it stuffed into the one backpack that we’re bringing back on the trip, with the essentials and a couple changes of clothes stashed into the day pack that we’re also carrying.
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What to pack for a 12 day Europe Trip with a Baby
- Clothing – for clothing, we went with the easy route of footies. Ten, to be exact. We plan to use the laundry service at the hotel half-way through the trip, so ten should be plenty for the time we’re there. 1 pair of Nook Design booties, 1 hat, 2 sweaters. My favourite brands of footed pajamas are Tea Collection for their high quality thick fabric, Rosie Pope for their fold-over hands and fabulous patterns and Skip Hop, for the adorable bandana bibs included in the latest spring collection. You’ll find all of these at buybuy Baby South Edmonton Common.
- Baby Carrier – we’re not bringing the stroller, or the carseat. For this reason, we wanted a carrier that was going to be comfortable for Stella to spend a big chunk of the day in but one that also didn’t require an infant insert (Stella is only twelve and a half pounds). We chose the BECO Gemini baby carrier for this reason, and for the fact that I appreciated the additional mechanisms for the buckles (even though I did notice that they were nearly impossible to undo with one hand). Also, because it had an easily accessible pocket, could be tossed in the washer and had the most comfortable headrest for a younger infant, of the carriers that I tried on. You can buy it at buybuy BABY (don’t forget to sign up for emails, you can use the 20% off coupon!) or check out the impressive collection of high-end carriers in-store at South Edmonton Common.
- Essentials – infant Tylenol, nasal aspirator with saline, face wipes for quick washes, travel size baby wipes, small package of diapers, extra soothers.
- Blanket – for a blanket, I wanted something versatile, big enough for naps on the airplane, to cover her up, wrap her in, and have something to cover her at night in the hotel. Since I’ll be bringing a Nuroo scarf, that will double as a blanket on the go, we decided to bring the lightweight, lulujo swaddle blanket because it gets softer every single time we wash it, and it’s easily packed.
We’re packing light this time around – in our usual style. Luckily, with breastfeeding and the fact that she doesn’t really play with toys yet, we’re able to. If we were packing for all three kids, it would be a much different list. If we need anything above and beyond this list, we can grab it while we’re there.
We would love to hear about your packing experience for trips with infants – is there anything we’re missing on our list?