Traveling with a 4 Month Old, Part I: Packing


NOTE: Traveling with a 4 Month Old, Part II: Surviving the Sleepocalypse, can be found here and Part III: Car Hell can be found here.

This Thanksgiving, we are taking a major car trip with our 4 month old baby, “A”. While we’ve flown with her before, this is our first car trip, and our longest trip to date.

We have an ambitious trip planned – you could call it the show off the new baby tour – that involves swinging through Connecticut, Brooklyn, Long Island, New Jersey, and Rochester. Clearly, we were out of our minds when we planned this, but too late to go back now.

After much deliberation, I compiled an exhaustive list of everything that we could possibly need. Now I just have to figure out how to cram it into my Toyota Corolla.

Clothes (I plan on doing laundry while there)


  • Unopened sleeve of 76 diapers
  • 100 wipes

Diaper Bag

  • Portable changing pad
  • 10 diapers
  • 30 (or so) wipes
  • Change of clothes
  • Wet bag (I use this Planet Wise one in the medium size. It is perfect for containing wet or soiled clothes and can be thrown in the washing machine afterward)
  • 2 burp cloths (I use GMD prefold diapers for this – they are wonderfully absorbent and easy to clean)
  • Blanket
  • Nursing cover (also known as my “hooter hider”!)
  • 1 hat
  • 1 pair of Zutano Cozie Booties (easier than several pairs of socks, toasty warm, and the only thing I have found that stays on A.’s feet)
  • Wallet, cellphone, and phone charger



Car ride

  • 3 soft toys
  • Light-up mirror (which she LOVES – it’s like baby TV!)
  • Carseat with Bundleme (which is SO much easier than trying to squeeze a wiggly escape artist into a snowsuit she will outgrow in 3 weeks)
  • iPod/iPhone connector and podcasts/music, including some lullabies
  • Snacks, especially for a breastfeeding mom who is hungry every 3 seconds!


  • Brown rice cereal in Tupperware
  • 2 baby spoons
  • 4 bibs
  • Breast pump and 1 set of parts
  • Microwave sanitizing bag to clean pump parts between uses
  • We’re not bringing a bottle because she usually won’t take one, but otherwise I would. If I run out and someone needs to feed her, they can either use the eye dropper in the medicine bag or feed her rice cereal


  • Stroller
  • Camera, video camera, and chargers

Anything I left out?

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