This weekend we are going for a mini vacay (eeekkkk!), and I couldn’t be more excited! First off, it’s a weekend away at Busch Gardens. Second, it’s Grayson’s first trip away from home. As a big fan of Elmo, I think he is going to be excited to be pushed around in the stroller all day while enjoying the warm weather.
We decided to pull our older girls out of school early on Friday and leave in the morning so we could beat traffic. Our hotel has an outdoor pool, and because temps will be hitting 90 degrees or so, I am sure we will be poolside most of the evening. We haven’t taken a trip since I was pregnant with Grayson last June, so it will be a lot fun to have him with us this weekend. That said, I am already gathering things up to get packing. When you have a large family, getting a head-start on things like prepping for a vacation — even if it’s just a weekend away — will help you feel less stressed in the end.
Although lots of mamas worry most about what to pack for their kids, it’s important to think of ourselves too! From the perfect tote bag to a cute bathing suit, the essentials aren’t tough to round up. I’ve got everything you need to help make your vacation go smoothly. Here’s what I plan to take on my weekend getaway!
What’s your essentials when you head out of town with baby in tow?
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Vacation Essentials for Mom 1 of 14
Click-through 13 must-have vacation essentials for Moms!
A Cute Bathing Suit 2 of 14
A cute bathing suit is a must especially one that covers when you are toting baby around. I picked up this one-piece swim dress just because it works as a swim suit and cover-up. I don't have to put on layers if I want to walk around to get a snack. I love a fun print with a feminine fit so this was just perfect for the weekend away! Looking for more options? Check out my top 10 stylish suits for Mom.
Buy it from Macy's for $59
Sun Hat 3 of 14
Your baby isn't the only one who needs a sun hat! It's helps you stay cool and protected on vacation. My favorite? This pink and orange raffia hat.
Buy it from Elaine Turner for $78
Tote Bag 4 of 14
A classic tote silhouette, the bright Ikat print is perfect for a summer get-a-way. Toss in all your essentials you will need for the day and you'll be good to go.
Buy it from C Wonder for $78
Band-Aids and First Aid Kit 5 of 14When you go away with a mini-van full of kids, I always make sure I have plenty of band-aids in my purse along with a first-aid kit. When you head away from home, it's better to be safe.Buy a 2 pack of Band-Aids from Diapers.com for $7
Sunscreen 6 of 14All that time spent lathering up your littles needs to be spent on your skin too. Jason Family Natural Sunblock SPF 45 is perfect for the entire family not just you.Buy it from Drugstore.com for $12
Cute and Comfy Sandals 7 of 14
Stylish yet comfortable is the way to go when you're spending your days walking around an amusement park or board walk. Opt for something you can wear on the beach or dress-up at night. Sam & Libby from Target has an adorable pair of sandals perfect for the occasion.
Buy them from Target for $24.99
Catch-up on Reading 8 of 14
If you plan to disconnect on your vacay, bring all of those books you've been wanting to read. It's a great way to unwind after a full day in the sun.
Buy it from Barnes and Noble for $16
Sunglasses 9 of 14Not just for protecting your eyes from the sun but they are great for hiding your dark circles. Through on some red lip gloss and you're instantly ready for the day. I've been swooning over these Michael Kors aviators for so long. Now might just be the time to buy them.Buy them from Nordstrom for $115
Maxi Dresses 10 of 14
If you're traveling with baby, the easiest thing to pack for your vacation is maxi dresses. They are so easy to throw on and go while still looking put together with complete coverage. This racer back maxi dress is one of my personal favorites.
Buy it from The Printed Palette for $68
Don’t Forget the Moisturizer! 11 of 14
Taking care of a baby is hard work! You want to keep your youthful look even when you feel like you're running on empty. Slap on some moisturizer before and after the sun to keep the glow.
Buy Korres Wild Rose Moisturizer and Brightening Cream from Sephora for $35
Bring Your Own Towel 12 of 14
Sometimes those hotel towels just don't cut it. I always make sure I bring my own towels. These monogrammed towels were just spotted on Good Morning America. They work great for families and you won't have to worry about getting your towels mixed up.
Buy one from Lipstick Shades for $58
Yoga Pants 13 of 14
Because at the end of the day, after chasing around 5 littles, all I want to do is hop into my yoga pants and relax.
Buy them from Old Navy for $24
Compact Baby Carrier 14 of 14
While it may for baby - bottom line, it's going to make your life easier. The Suppori baby carrier is one of my favorites because it is so compact, you can just throw it in your purse, it's not something extra and heavy you have to carry along with the kitchen sink. It comes in so many color options too! It is ultra-lightweight and great for when you are on-the-go. Bonus: It is great to hold on to baby even closer when you are in the pool!
Buy it from Amazon for $50