Elena & I are 2 weeks away from our Great Mexican Adventure & tho I’ve been planning for a while, its crunch time. I don’t want to forget anything…nor do I want to bring too much either.
I have already promised myself that I won’t make the same mistake I’ve made on every Down South trip…packing too many clothes!! I inevitably end up wearing the same 1 or 2 outfits the whole time anyway & this time with Elena, we’ll be in our swimsuits most of the time…here’s what I’m packing for myself:
· 3 Bathing Suits
· 3 Sundresses
· 2 T-shirts
· 2 Tank tops
· Flip Flops
· Sun Hat
· Plus underwear & a pair of socks
And even that seems like too much!! On the plane I am going to wear a skirt, t-shirt & hoodie so I don’t have to pack those. I think I’ll pack about the same variation of clothing for Elena.
What thru me for a loop was the realization last night that I will have to pack AT LEAST 42 diapers to get us thru the week…that’s 6 diapers a day which is generous since she’ll be in swim diapers most of the day…but then of course I have to pack at least 30 swim diapers!!
Would it be wrong if I let her go diaperless on the beach & let her pee in the ocean?
Of course there’s also the toiletries, sunscreen, etc…plus for Elena, I have to pack her blanket tho now that I think about it, I should have that on the plane for her.
Speaking of the plane…this is the part of the trip I have the most anxiety about…I couldn’t afford to purchase Elena her own seat but I did pay for an extra leg room seat. I am assuming that I am allowed to bring 1 carry on plus Elena’s diaper bag. I am going to be one of THOSE parents & I will be bringing a DVD player plus our iTouch & my iPhone with many videos for Elena to watch. I even purchased a pair of children’s headphones (with volume protection) for her. So in the carry on + diaper bag I plan to pack:
· DVD Player/Headphones/Discs – all in its own carry case
· A couple of soft-side story books
· A couple of small craft ideas i.e.: pipe cleaners, foam stickers, (ideas, anyone?)
· Sticker book & stickers – Elena loves playing with stickers
· My wallet incl: passports, id, money, etc
· iPhone & iTouch
· 1 swimsuit each
· Change of clothes each
· Diapers, wipes, cream, 1st aid stuff
· Snacks & drinks for Elena
· Elena’s blanket
OMG! I just had a panicked thought…they’ll let Elena carry her doll on the plane, right?!!? She has become extremely attached & there might be meltdowns all around if I have to put her doll in checked baggage…they won’t take a kid’s doll away from them, will they? WILL THEY?!!?
Okay, what have I forgotten…or not thought of…what is the best advice you have to offer? Any fool proof tips? Help?!!