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I wouldn’t say we travel a ton… but we do get around a bit. Since Danny was born last August we’ve been to Disney World and Tampa, Boston, Niagara Falls (this one feels like a cheat…is it really traveling when it’s only 45 minutes away? It is a huge tourist destination…) and Nashville. Even before Danny was born we’ve taken Clare to Cape Cod, Disney (her first time), Colorado, Toronto, Maryland, and various other places. Our future trip plans include Hawaii, Iceland, and back to Florida and a few of the other places we’ve already been… we like to go where we have friends and family.
I’m excited to start writing about Gentle Parenting On The Road, because maintaining a certain level of sanity and keeping things positive takes extra effort when you’re not on home turf.
I’ve put together a short-list of some things we do not leave the house without when we’re out wandering…
- My Tula. This one! Here it is! I’m still so in love with it…
- The Lillebaby… because our 4-year-old is just about 31 lbs. and sometimes putting her up on her Dad’s back is easiest. We do A LOT of walking.
- One of our BOBs. Is it crazy that we have two? It’s crazy. I know this. I meant to sell the single when we bought the double but it turns out we use them both depending on where we’re going and what we’re doing. Sometimes having that extra seat is helpful when the 4-year-old gets tired. And we’re tired of carrying… Did I mention we walk a lot?
4. Clare’s Thermos bottles (with straws!). We’ve had these for years. We only put water in them, never anything else, so there has never been any issues with mold or gunk collecting anywhere. They are extremely durable and so easy to clean. I carry a water bottle or two as well: my beloved SIGG and Sip. We don’t go anywhere without one or all of these.
5. Our amazing diaper bag. Which is pretty nondescript, but super hardy. I can pack diapers, wipes, sunscreen, bug spray, changes of clothes, the water bottles, and even my own jacket which crumples up really small and tucks nicely into one of the front zip pockets.
So there you have it. As I write about our travels these are the items you’ll see pop up most often. They get so much use, even when we’re just trekking through our village to go to the farmers’ market or get some ice cream. 🙂