Okay I know what you are thinking — the first backpack? Could there be a more ridiculous first milestone to celebrate? But it’s not really a milestone or anything that official – just something really adorable and practical at the same time, which seems appropriate to share with other parents.
In preparation for this week’s travels, I tried to do a lot of pre-planning this time in order to ensure a smooth travel experience. Cullen is a pretty good traveler these days, but there are a number of things we make sure to do to ease that process. I knew that once we got to our destination, he’d be plenty entertained by the beach, the pool, the bikes, and the many eager grandparents and family members wanting to play with him, so I wasn’t overly concerned with packing too many toys. Plus, they take up too much precious room and weight in our baggage!
But in order to get there, we had a five hour flight and a five hour car ride ahead of us, and those things definitely required some travel prep. We had a fully charged iPad ready to go and plenty of snacks, but I also wanted to make sure Cullen had a few familiar buddies as well as some fun new things to discover.
In order to keep his things organized and accessible, I ended up getting him a little backpack. It is the perfect size for storing his toys and books, and it keeps everything contained in one space. I ordered a few new books to surprise him with on the plane, and also packed his favorite two bedtime stories. I loaded up the rest with all his Sesame Street figurines, his metal cars, and his mini plastic trashcans (don’t ask). I also stored his toddler headphones in the front zip pocket, so all his things are together in one place.
He absolutely loves having his own bag, and it’s nice to have a place to keep everything so nothing gets lost. It was so easy to pull out on the plane and in the car when he needed something new to do. And I can see us using this for so many things in the future — play dates, childcare, packed lunches, and more.