If you're like me, the thought of packing sends you running around cleaning the house, catching up on emails, baking a cake, or literally just anything to avoid packing, only to then hopelessly overpack and have to lug around several dozen pounds of unnecessary stuff on vacation.
(Not my best photo but let's be real - sweatpants and glasses it is for those long haul flights with a baby!)
Anyway, does that sound familiar? Ugh, packing. You're my least favorite part of traveling! What has helped me, though, is to go into it with a minimalist mindset and make a list beforehand that I can just check off. For my own clothes, I always stick to a color scheme, so I can mix and match and don't have to pack too many pieces. For Magnus, I figured I'd do the same thing - and in any event, I really only put him in blue and white, some grays and some beiges here and there, so the clothes-part was actually way easier than packing for myself!
Here's the list I made for 4-month-old Magnus for our recent 3-week trip to Europe - but keep in mind that we were expecting spring/summer weather and laundry opportunities everywhere we went:
For me, the easiest outfit for Magnus to fly in was a long sleeve bodysuit and footsie pants - that way no socks ran the risk of getting lost and the snap-fastening was limited to the 3 snaps on a bodysuit. I also had a sweater and a hat ready in case it got too cold on the plane.
Diapers & wipes for 2-3 days (remember stores are closed on Sundays in Europe and other places!)
2 swaddle blankets (for putting Magnus in the grass for a picnic, or shading him from the sun in the stroller)
I also packed the Medela Freestyle pump and bottles, as well as a little cooler with an ice pack to store the bottles on the go.
As an aside, a friend told me about this airplane bassinet cover called Cozigo - looks amazing! Gotta give it to the Australians for knowing what's up when it comes to travel :)
...And that's it! Let me know if you liked the packing list - maybe I could post one that I used for myself? Or maybe more baby packing lists for different climates/ages/length of trip? Would love to hear your thoughts!