So I promised you a peek of the apartment we are renting currently, and here it is! For those of you wondering why we are on extended vacation Ohio, you can read the answer in my last post. You can tell this apartment is old, but it has been refinished beautifully with modern appliances, furniture and decor. It is the tiniest little apartment. A one bedroom. Absolutely adorable though, and we have loved staying here. First I will tell you a little about our apartment, then I am going to share my packing list at the end of this post.
So here is how we fit into a one bedroom: Zander gets the bedroom for naps during the day, and sleeps in the main living area at night. Zoey has a little cot in our closet and sleeps in there quite comfortably at night. The main living area is where we play and hang out during the day. I also brought Zander’s portable Regalo Baby high chair. It clips onto a table really easily and is compact (the perfect high chair for traveling). When Zander starts getting restless, but it isn’t bed time yet, I turn to the high chair and cheerios to calm him down. It makes meal time and witching hour way easier. You can only survive so long without a high chair, so for extended vacation a portable one is a must have.
Since it is a tiny apartment and not much to entertain the kids, the other thing I have been doing when Zander gets cranky is going outside. There isn’t a yard, but there is a nice maple tree and patch of grass in the front where we can watch the cars drive past. Zander loves watching the cars drive by and Zoey loves collecting the seeds from the maple tree. I showed her how you can throw them up in the air and they will spin down to the ground like tiny helicopters. She loves that. Behind the house there is a really friendly cat that will wander over sometimes and let Zoey pet it. Zander laughs hysterically the whole time she pets it. I have no idea why he thinks it is so funny, but I love it.
There isn’t really much else to say about our temporary apartment… But I thought I would share a list of the things I packed for our one month extended ‘vacation’ with two kids. We did go home a few times during the month, but I tried to bring everything essential with me the first time so we didn’t have to travel with a ton of stuff.
Extended Vacation Packing List Essentials (for kids)
1. Portable Crib
I definitely would bring a portable baby bed, or call ahead and make sure the hotel you are staying at can reserve one for you.
2. Toddler Cot
Zoey’s toddler cot takes up the tiniest amount of space when it is folded, and provides a bed for her anywhere we go! It is easy to fold up during the day too, if you are in a small space. We bring this one everywhere we go. It is always on our vacation packing list.
3. Sound Machine
When you are in a small space, nap time can be tough. We couldn’t do naps without our white noise machine! We just have a little portable one from WavHello.
4. Portable High Chair
I actually forgot this the first couple days. Feeding Zander without a high chair was a MESS. It was the top of my packing list when we went back home. The Regalo Baby high chair clips right on to your table and folds up small enough to fit in a suitcase. It comes with a little carrying case too. This is great for short trips, we use it when we stay at a hotel for a few nights (see how we used in our last hotel stay here), but it is essential for extended vacation.
5. Lots of Formula/Baby Food
I didn’t pack much food, we did grocery shopping when we got to Ohio. However, when a baby is hungry, a five minute grocery store trip can feel like it takes hours. Maybe Zander is more demanding than most babies, but when he wants food, he wants it NOW. So I brought a big supply of formula and baby snacks.
6. Special Toddler Dishes (plasticware, sippy cup)
Zoey has special sippy cups that she loves, we definitely always pack those. They are great for car rides too, no spills!
Kids need to be entertained, pack a few toys because chances are high your hotel or apartment won’t have any.
8. Extra Blankets
There is nothing worse than a midnight diaper explosion and no clean blankets for baby. Zander only sleeps with special, small, fuzzy blankets. He can’t sleep without them. I always bring some extras in case of emergency.
Since we were driving, not flying, this didn’t feel like too much stuff at all. And for a whole month here, it really has been all we need. If I was bringing all my essentials I would have had to put piano on the list… but obviously that didn’t quite fit in the car haha. I settled for my guitar and it has been forcing me to actually start learning how to play! Hopefully I will be able to share some songs soon.
What are your packing list essentials for extended vacation with kids?
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