As promised, we took a little road trip over Spring Break. We didn’t want to take a big, expensive vacation but we wanted to get out of the city and enjoy some peace and quiet, or as close to peace as you can get when you’re hanging with a two year old. So we took a little four day, three night, road trip. The plan was really simple…
Day 1: Drive an hour up to Evergreen and stay at my sister’s house.
Day 2: Drive a little over 2 hours down to Buena Vista to stay at the Cottonwood Hot Springs Lodge
Day 3: Drive back to Evergreen and spend another night there.
Day 4: Hangout in Evergreen for the morning, and then head back home.
While the vacation was simple, traveling with a kid can still be complicated. In the past when we’ve traveled with James, I brought everything but the kitchen sink. I remember going up to Steamboat to visit my family for two nights when James was just a couple weeks old. I filled up my entire car! No joking. The ENTIRE car. It was so much work to pack, and so stressful to keep track of all that stuff, that it really took a lot of the fun out of our trip. If I could go back in time, I would have brought diapers, blankets, and a couple changes of clothes. What else does a breast feeding newborn really need? I wish I hadn’t made things so difficult!
Anyway, this time we packed pretty light. Here’s what I brought for myself…
In addition to the clothes I was wearing, I brought a Ziplock with my toiletries, a water bottle, running shoes, running tights, one sports bra, one workout tank, a jacket and hat, two swimsuits, two T shirts, one long sleeve shirt, one pair of pants, one bra, three pairs of underwear and two pairs of socks. Everything fit into a small backpack with room to spare.
Here’s what I brought for our son…
One sweatshirt, one rain jacket, two T shirts, two long sleeve shirts, two pairs of pants, two pairs of PJs, two swimsuits, two swim diapers, three pairs of socks, three pairs of undies, four overnight diapers, 10 regular diapers (he was sort of half potty trained when we left), wipes, sunscreen, changing pad, diaper rash cream, tooth brush, tooth paste and a comb.
I knew my sister had this little fold out pad that’s just the right size so James slept on this thing for the whole trip. We even stuck it in the car and took it to Buena Vista with us….
Oh, and I brought his Thomas the Train blanket!
My husband also brought a small backpack with his stuff and we let James fill up his toddler backpack with toys. Then we packed a cooler full of food and James’ Stryder bike. I brought food to make while we were in Evergreen but we planned to eat most meals out while in Buena Vista.
Over all, it was a pretty great trip. I pretty much wore one outfit the whole time and just changed my underwear daily. I felt like we could have easily left for a full week with the few clothes we packed.