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The first time we traveled with The Goof as a toddler, the first thing he did when we got in the hotel room was try to stick something in an electrical outlet. Travel with a baby or toddler can be stressful because we don’t have all the safety measure we do at home, we are out of our normal routine, and we are trying to make do without all our “stuff” for baby. That is why this DIY Baby Travel Kit is perfect for making travel with baby so much easier.
This Baby Travel Kit not only includes things to baby proof your hotel room or your friend’s home, but also to make travel with those cuties a lot easier. I have learned a lot of these tips and tricks over the years and I hope that they will help make your trip smoother, and maybe you will impress someone with one of our tips.
To make this kit, you will want to pick up some items from your local Walmart. You will need:
- Outlet covers
- Night Lights
- Mini-Clamps (you can find these in hardware but they also make ones like I used that are a large clothes pin type and can be found in the laundry section)
- 2 Make Up bags (one smaller then the other)
- Letter stickers or vinyl
- Scotch-Brite™ Brand Lint Roller (You can find them in various aisles, but I picked mine up in the cleaning/laundry detergent aisle)
- Baby socks that are missing matches or your child has outgrown
- Container for socks (I used a circular tin)
- Temporary adhesive that is safe to use on furniture
- Plastic Container that can fit all of these items.
You can decorate your plastic container if you would like. I used some spray adhesive and scrapbook paper to make it look a little cuter.
The first thing I did was take the baby socks and roll them up and put them in the tin. I always suggest taking at least 4 socks, but often times 8-12 are better if you are staying in a larger hotel room or a someone’s home.
So what are the socks for? Well, combine the socks with your temporary adhesive to easily baby proof the corners of furniture. Now you don’t have to worry about kiddos bonking their heads on those corners.
Next, take your outlet covers and put them in the smaller make up bag. I usually take a dozen just to be safe. Thankfully, most hotels have very few outlets within a child’s reach, but my kids always seem to try to go for the ones built into the lamps on the nightstands.
Make sure you have one or two nightlights. I even suggest these for older kids. Sometimes waking up in a strange place that usually is pretty dark (thank you black out curtains!) can even scare or overwhelm older children.
Now, take the outlet covers, nightlights, socks, and temporary adhesive and put them in the larger make up bag.
This is your “Baby Proofing Kit.” In order to help anybody who may be helping when you arrive, I suggest taking some stickers or vinyl and labeling this bag so it is clear what it is.
But baby proofing alone will not make travel with your little ones easier. I have actually learned there is much more to it. That is why I include a few special items in our kit.
For starters, I love those little mini-clamps. You can use them for a lot of things – like hanging up wet swim suits – but my absolute favorite comes to when you are on the go and need baby to nap. See, we love to go, go, go on our vacations, but I also don’t want cranky kids, so I often have them nap in their stroller. I learned this trick with The Goof at our favorite theme park. The thing is though, around 18 months, my kids have all gotten to interested in the world around them to sleep unless I have them completely covered. I use those clamps to hold lightweight blankets onto my stroller so that my kids can nap in them. It also works great for covering it with a poncho in the rain.
So now, I want to share with you my absolute favorite item in this kit. It is the most versatile item that I take.
I have always traveled with a Scotch-Brite™ Lint Roller in order to get any hair or lint off of my clothes easily. Since becoming a parent, I have found it even more important. Come on parents, you know how it is, you give your little one a snack of crackers and then you pick them up and it gets all over your clothes. Now imagine this happening at your favorite theme park, right before you are about to have pictures with the main mouse himself… Yeah, it happened to me. Thankfully, I had a lint roller with me to clean up.
Can’t even tell. But over the years I have learned there are so many more uses for my Scotch-Brite™ Lint Rollers. That is why I love putting them in my baby travel kit.
When I get to a hotel I love to use the Lint Roller to go over any couches, or even the floor, to find things that my little ones might get in their mouths or stuck to their feet. I also use them to clean off their clothes after they eat to hopefully save us an outfit change.
When you travel, you often end up having to feed your little ones in their stroller. You can imagine the mess it makes. But you don’t have to. I fed my twins in their stroller the other day on an outing so I have proof.
Okay, so maybe I encouraged a little extra mess making to help prove my point, but we know that after a few days of eating in the stroller that this is how it can look.
The great thing is that Scotch-Brite™ Lint Rollers are the only lint rollers with Scotch™ adhesive. That is how I know it can get the job done. Simply use the lint roller to clean up the stroller (or maybe even a car seat).
I love how well it cleans up our strollers and car seats while we are traveling and have no access to a vacuum cleaner or other tools I would normally use. Once you clean it up, you can easily tear away the used sheets.
Then I simply put the label wrap back around the lint roller so it is ready to use the next time I need it. You can see how the stroller looked after I cleaned just one side. So much better!
This summer, we actually went to Portland, and were supposed to travel for another 10 days (it’s a long story, but the remainder of the trip was cancelled). This time we actually decided to bring the twins travel high chairs. We stayed in an extended stay type place, so we did not get daily housekeeping. After the twins would eat, the carpeted floor would be a mess! So I used the Scotch-Brite™ Lint Roller to clean up the floor after meals. They made a huge mess so the Scotch-Brite™ 50% Stickier Lint Roller would be perfect for this use.
Now that you have all your items, you can put them in your plastic container and keep them with your travel gear. You will have a much smoother trip next time you travel with your little one.
This baby travel kit is not the only great use for your Scotch-Brite Lint Roller. You can check out lots of other creative uses by CLICKING HERE.
You can find Scotch-Brite™ Lint Rollers in many areas of your local Walmart store, including the cleaning aisle, the closet/laundry aisle and the sewing area. I found mine in the cleaning and laundry detergent aisle.
And did you see the cute Printed Lint Roller in this picture? I love it and think I might be picking that one up for my next trip. The print could let me know which one is specifically for my clothes.
Did I miss any crucial items in my Baby Travel Kit? Let me know in the comments below.