Traveling with toddlers to preschool ages kids is so much easier than attempting to travel with a baby. Even if it's two preschoolers vs one baby, I'd still prefer the preschoolers.
Last summer, I shared this post advising how to travel with two kiddos under 3, and I stand by that post. It's got some great tips to make the trip more enjoyable for everyone. That being said, traveling with a baby is very *stuff* intensive. Pacifiers, baby spoons, baby snacks, baby food, pack'n'play, monitor, baby tub (if your babe is still that little), bottles, bottle cleaning supplies, formula (as needed) diapers, wipe, lots of extra clothes, burp cloths, and so on.
The list for traveling with a toddler is so much shorter! And with a preschooler? I don't even have to write that list down! Of the aforementioned things, on this trip I will be bringing diapers and wipes. I always keep two spare outfits in the car for the boys, because boys are messy (more on that over here) I'll also be bringing their Kid-O-Bunk beds that I won several years ago. These things are amazing, compact, and seriously one of the coolest things we own. It's so versatile and the boys both sleep well on them. It's been a lifesaver.
We spent a week in the Texas Hill Country back in June. That trip helped me to realize how much I love taking our kids to new places now that they're a little older. Kylar is still pretty young to appreciate all the fun stuff at the zoo, but he had a blast playing in the river and hiking through the woods. This time, we're actually only going overnight to the beach. I'm ridiculously excited about it. It's been about a year since our last beach vacation, and I need some salt air in my lungs. I thrive at the beach, plus Connor has been asking for months when we were going to go back. My mom got another condo for the weekend and we're heading out when Mike gets home from work tonight!
In preparation for our trip, I've washed all the clothes, and cleaned out the back of my car. I'll throw the beds in first (in their nifty travel bags), then suitcase(s). I'm hoping, since we're only going for one night, that I'll be able to fit everything in one suitcase, but we'll see. The boys have their own suitcase and they really like to "help" with it. I might just pack their bed stuff in that one and let them take care of it. Bed stuff, for these two, includes pillowpets (one monkey and one ninja turtle), one mom-made knit blanket, one fleece animal blanket, Sammy and Charlie. Sammy the bunny has been with us since Connor's first Easter. Charlie the mouse has been here since Kylar's birth. Connor gave Charlie to Kylar as a "welcome to the world" gift because I read somewhere that it can help older siblings bond with new babies. Connor picked Charlie out, named her (with help), determined her gender, and gave her to Kylar in the hospital. Charlie goes everywhere with Kylar, including random trips to Target and Kroger, but she always stays in the car because I don't want to lose her. Connor has never been as attached to Sammy as Kylar is to Charlie, but we still bring Sammy on overnight trips so Connor has his comforting buddy just in case.
I'm so excited to play with them in the ocean! I don't know how Kylar will handle it, but since our trip to the river, he's gotten really interested in playing in water. He used to refuse and want nothing to do with any form of water outside of bath time. Now? He's jumping in the pool, splashing, playing, and almost learning to swim. I'm hoping that he'll be ok with the water coming toward him and not too freaked out by the waves. Connor is super excited to use his shovel in the sand and fly the kites we bought months ago. He has asked/reminded me about the kites three times this week. I'd actually completely forgotten we had them...
Mike isn't a huge beach person, but he always seems to have fun with the boys and he's very good at flying kites!
Vital beach vacation items
Traveling with bigger littles is nice, but there are still somethings you need to make sure to bring with you on a beach vacation!
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