I’m Going on Vacation!

I am so excited to see those four words typed out as we will be going on our first family vacation (that is not visiting family) and our first real “get away” since our honeymoon 3.5 years ago! Yes, things will be a little different with a toddler, but it will be nice to have nothing officially on the to do list, to have my husband home for 8 full days, and to go to the beach! No, we are not headed to Cali or Florida, but my husband’s uncle has a vacation home by the beach in Rhode Island where we will be staying most of the time and pay some respects to his mother’s relatives whom I have never met. It was a great option for a last minute trip, since vacation dates were up in the air until last week, and we will save a lot of money compared to a hotel. Three plane tickets and a rental car is overwhelming enough for me for our first trip!  

I will be taking either my laptop or netbook with me for some emailing and possibly some blog upkeep, but I promised my husband I would not be working the whole time we are there! So just a heads up that I will be more or less MIA for about a week starting next Tuesday, although I will post a few things here and there when I have internet available. This will be the longest I will go without blogging for the past 14-15 months! It is a last minute (thanks to Uncle Sam, lol), but a long overdue vacation for us, especially since we didn’t have one after he returned from his deployment, and other vacations were canceled or postponed due to my car accident last year so I am psyched

I am still making my packing list and trying to figure out how to pack the lightest (as we will be traveling with a toddler) without leaving any essentials behind! Luckily, we will have access to a fridge and washer for 5 or 6 of the days, so we can pick some things up after we get there and do a load or two of laundry mid-trip. We will be brining my daughter’s carseat, which I am trying to decide whether to gate check or check-in, although since we are paying FULL PRICE for my daughter’s seat, I figure we might as well strap the carseat in her seat and make it comfortable? But it’s another thing to lug around the airport :-/ 

We also haven’t quite figured out where DD will sleep. She is too big for her pack ‘n plat and I don’t want to have to pay to check in another piece of luggage (have to love the airlines these days…). I know they have two bedrooms with beds, but I don’t know what sizes and she is too small to sleep on a tall bed. I have contemplated putting whatever mattress is in the second room on the floor. Where does your toddler sleep when you travel? 

As for cloth diapers, the plan is to use them half of the trip. I am brining a large package of hybrid/disposable liners for the plane ride and driving time on each end of the trip, and a handful of cloth and swim diapers to use during the middle of the trip when we have access to a washer. I haven’t asked it it’s OK to wash the cloth diapers, and am torn whether to bring it up or just take the offer that we can use their washer as an OK for whatever I want to wash in it….what do you think? 

My cloth diaper packing list: 
I plan on bringing a few one size covers with all-in-two inserts as they will take up the least space, and a pack of disposable inserts. So far I have set aside a 32 pack of gDiaper disposable inserts (it’s what I have on hand), a Flip one size cover with 2 stay-dry inserts and a Best Bottom Diaper one size cover with 3 snap-in inserts. I will probably bring another one size cover and handful of AI2 inserts, but haven’t set specific ones aside yet. I plan on brining my Planet Wise Hanging Wetbag and a little sack of 5-6 soapnuts to use for all of our laundry (and to clean the washer of residue when we get there and clean it before we leave). As for wipes, I have gone back and forth, but plan to use disposable wipes so I don’t have to pack additional supplies to use cloth wipes and can use the same package(s) on the plane and while we are at the condo. 

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By Emi Stapler. I am a cloth diaper advocate, green parenting blogger, mother of three and a military wife who enjoys sharing my motherhood adventures and advice. Follow me at The Cloth Diaper Report on Facebook, Twitter @TheCDReport , Google +, Pinterest and Instagram.

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