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8 Things to Bring When Road Tripping With a Baby

By Molly Thornberg |

Tips for traveling with baby from a mom who loves to road trip

Tips for traveling with baby from a mom who loves to road trip

Road tripping is one of my husband and I’s favorite past times. Past times as in something we did when we had no kids. We were able to start enjoying this road tripping thing when our first 2 kids were around 4 and 6 years old. Needless to say, since having our last 2 kids (who are 10 months and 2 years old) — road tripping hasn’t been QUITE as fun.

The first time we attempted road tripping with Zeke (and our 3 others) was on what is normally a 4-hour trip. Well, uhm, it ended up taking up 9 hours. Yes, you read that right. No, you don’t want to know what happened to make the trip over double in time. Let’s just say it involved 2 screaming babies, 2 fighting kids, 1 crying mom and a husband who somehow managed to get us to our destination.

Lessons learned: babies require certain things on road trips. While there is no stopping our older 2 from fighting, we can do things to help ease our babies.  In addition to packing the standard items such as clothes, diapers, formula, there are a few other items that we’ve found to be extremely helpful in making the road trip with baby a success.

8 Things to Bring When Road Tripping With a Baby

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What to Bring When Taking a Road Trip With Baby

Where Will Baby Sleep?

We always bring our own pack and play, but now are with 2 kids needing pack and plays we are having to rely on the hotels crib - YUCK. Make sure to bring a spare crib sheet and a container of Lysol wipes to sanitize. If all else fails - use baby wipes to clean down a loaner crib or pack and play.
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Molly Thornberg is a wife and mother of four. She worked in web design and social media marketing before quitting to pursue blogging full time. On Digital Mom Blog, Molly shares "geeky" DIY projects, discusses the latest technology news, and talks about her life as a parent. Read bio and latest posts → Read Molly's latest posts →

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4 thoughts on “8 Things to Bring When Road Tripping With a Baby

  1. Jude Strib says:

    Thanks for the sheet and Lysol tip.

  2. Jude Strib says:

    And the paper towel tip.

  3. Jessica says:

    Road tripping is one of my husband’s and MY favorite pastimes. An easy way to remember this is to take out “my husband’s and”. You wouldn’t say “Road tripping is one of I’s favorite pastimes”. Unless, of course, you were talking about a person named I.

  4. Lacey says:

    You have a lot of great tips. Plastic bags for garbage/Diapers and Paper towel/Kleenex are all musts with small children.

    We traveled over 27 hours one way in a car last summer with 3 kids aged 5, 3, and 8 months. I breast feed so that helped alot. We had DVD players for the Boys (5 & 3 years old) and Games for them to play like DS3 and Leap frog, They also had Colouring books, matchbox cars and some dollar store toys. My Daughter (8 months) Slept most of the time. When she was awake I had lots of baby toys for her to help keep her amused. Did I mention we did this trip in 2 days. I packed a small cooler with snacks for the kids Yogurt tubes, cheese strings, boiled eggs, Carrot sticks, Baggies of berries,cheerios,rice cracers,raisins, Bananas, Apple slices, water bottles, a few juice boxes and maybe a few other things. When we stopped for the night I made sure the hotel had a waterslide to burn some of the kids energy and we ordered Pizza to a room so we didn’t have to go back in the car again that night or sit in a resturant. Did I mention this was not our first time driving this far the boys both did this trip as babies as well, the oldest has made this trip 5 times as we do it every summer.

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