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Summer Day Trip Essentials With A One Year Old

Wednesday, August 10, 2016

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In a few weeks, we are taking a family road trip. As I've mentioned a few times, one of our goals this summer is to spend time exploring places in our own state of Oregon. So when thinking about where to go on our summer vacation, we decided to go on a road trip together to do just that. After making a list of all of the places we'd like to see, we narrowed it down to an area of the state and a plan for five days that would also work well for a one year old's schedule. If it were just Dan and I, we would be able to spend more time in the car or pack in more day trips, but we want to be able to enjoy the time with Harper too.

Since it is summer time, and most of our travel plans revolve around being outdoors, I want to make sure to be prepared. We already have plans for several hikes, bike riding, and pool time for our trip, so sun time is a priority for all of us. Many of our days will be filled with day trips to our hikes or a day spent by the pool, so I've packed a day trip bag to have ready for any of our adventures on our trip. Here's a few ideas for packing a summer day trip bag for your child.
Sunscreen - Sunscreen is a must, especially since she inherited her Dad's fair skin tone. I always have a bottle of sunscreen in her diaper bag, in our car, and definitely in our day trip bag.

Towel - You never know when you might want to take a dip in a creek or river on a hike or in the pool. A towel is also the perfect way to let your little one get down on the ground or crawl around for a bit during a break on a hike and still keeps them safe and clean.

Snacks - I always like to be safe and carry some fruit pouches or crackers, in case she or my husband gets hungry.

Books or Toys - Packing something to keep her entertained for a few minutes, usually gives me more peace of mind than it really is a necessity, but I like to have things for her just in case. I try to pack a small book or a favorite small toy in case she gets bored on the hike or in the car.

Water -We've taken several hikes lately, and are always disappointed if we forget the water. Since we are finally starting to get some more summer-like weather in Oregon, we have started making sure we have some water in the car with us at all times.

Diapers - Because let's be honest, you can never go anywhere without them.

Wipes - This goes along with the diapers, but I also use them for if she get's dirty or spills something. Harper inherited sensitive skin from me, so when I choose any product that goes on her skin, I try to make sure it's the best it can be. That's why I love WaterWipes so much, because it's 99.9% pure Irish water and 0.01% grapefruit seed extract, it's safe for her skin and I can feel good about knowing what I'm using for her. WaterWipes are durable enough to help clean up a spill or wipe dirt off of her from playing, but still gentle enough to use on her sensitive skin. Now a bunch of our local stores carry WaterWipes, including Babies R Us, so it's easy to buy them and I can always have some on hand.
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We are so excited to get away as a family for a few days and explore more spots around Oregon. Do you have any must haves when packing for a road trip?