Sunrise in ATL. Feb 2008.
Since Alice has no family even remotely near Boston, she has done quite a bit of travel in her almost-8-months of age. And, every time I pack for a trip, I am amazed by the amount of stuff you need to travel with a baby. Stuff. Lots of stuff. But, really, is it stuff you need to have or stuff that's nice to have when away from home? Who knows. All I know is that I tend to get a little overwhelmed when packing up that little bugger for a trip.
Actually, though, I've always found packing for trips a bit overwhelming. I am terrible at deciding and planning and putting together weather-appropriate and trip-appropriate outfits. For instance, I've gone to Utah in the dead of winter and not brought a winter coat. I guess I just thought a light sweater would suffice for temperatures below freezing. Mmmhmm. I also used to just throw a bunch of things in a suitcase and hope something in there would come together into a complete outfit. Usually, not so much.
When I was living in L.A., my sister and I often traveled together so I would mooch out of her suitcase if I was in need of something to wear. But now, I am on my own and, unfortunately, Alice's onesies are a bit snug. So now, I actually physically lay out outfits on my bed before I pack them. Rocket science, I know, but it has revolutionized my travel wardrobe.
So I do the same for Alice. And we both manage to arrive to where ever we are going with clothes appropriate for the trip we're taking.
I know. I know. Rocket science!
Fisheye in ORD. Aug 2012.
Are you organized when it comes to packing? I tend to start my packing a day or two in advance of a trip. My half-packed suitcase then sits there until an hour or so before we leave and then it's a made dash to get it packed and get us out the door!