Just returning home from our first vacation with Poe, ten days in the sun and sand on Florida’s Sanibel Island, I thought I’d take the opportunity to note and commemorate the this’s and that’s that provided the most ease of mind, ease of living, and wisps of whole body nourishment on-the-go. From our make-ahead and travel-friendly snacks and nonperishable granola bars to the stroller, stroller case, and diaper bags that made getting around airports and town a breeze. Parenthood doesn’t take a vacation on vacation, but these travel essentials made relaxation more attainable and the entire experience more seamless. From our suitcase to yours – x
Andrew and I have two favorite diaper bags: a gender neutral, moisture resistant, and all-purpose tote from Filson, able to withstand everyday use and abuse, and Madewell’s Transport Tote, my elevated alternate when I’m out with Poe solo at meetings and events. For this trip, we brought along our Filson tote, so we’d both feel comfortable carrying it out and to withstand the abuse of travel, converted with ToteSavvy’s organizer insert. ToteSavvy’s organizer insert includes an insulated bottle pocket, key clasp, changing mat, cell phone pocket, and flat pocket for paperwork for keeping our everyday bags baby friendly and organized, especially on-the-go.
LIGHTWEIGHT STROLLER + CARRIER
The worst at remaining still, at home and on vacation, I wanted to be sure our stroller was lightweight enough that I could maneuver it on my own, yet sturdy enough to keep up with my multi-mile walks. Andrew and I were most drawn to UPPAbaby’s CRUZ and couldn’t not bring it along on vacation. Folding it up and gate checking it (for free) in its convenient carrier, the carrier not only acts as insurance, should something happen to the stroller in transit, but was spacious enough to hold the stroller, lots of extra diapers, Poe’s clothing, and his nursing pillow. (see below)
Despite its larger size, I couldn’t leave home without our Boppy, our nursing pillow that positions Poe in just the right way so we were both comfortable throughout his feedings. Now that Poe’s neck is stronger, it’s also become his support pillow, providing a safe and supportive way for him to sit up and be part of our conversations.
Much like at home, Andrew and I wanted to be sure Poe had his own little nest for midday naps and bedtime, to keep him on his typical routine while we were awake later or spending time up and about. We found a portable crib to be the best option for us, specifically one that could fold up easily and was particularly lightweight. This was not only useful during travel, a free checked bag at the airport, but useful for storing in our teeny home upon return.
Stationed right at the end of our bed for accessibility and ease of mind, for the past four months we’ve all been hooked (hooked, hooked..) to 4moms’ mamaRoo. Too big for travel, Andrew and I had a Baby Bjorn bouncer and toy clip shipped directly to our location in Florida – waiting for us upon arrival. This thin, foldable and portable bouncer was wonderful during both nap time and for play, giving Poe the opportunity to sit up and engage with it and with us. We even brought it to the beach! It conveniently folded up flat and packed up in our suite case for the trip home.
WATER, WATER, WATER
Finding myself perpetually parched, especially during breastfeeding, I’ve gotten into the habit of keeping a water bottle filled and handy at all times. Most airports also have water fountains, which makes keeping it filled a breeze. I’ve loved s’well reusable bottle – available in really fun patterns and colors, it doesn’t sweat and keeps my water wonderfully chilled for easy sipping on-the-go.
Much like my diet, I prefer to keep my skincare routine as simple and naked as possible. At home and on-the-go, I’ve been most drawn to S.W. Basics, a skincare line making their creams, toners, cleansers, and scrubs from the bare-bone and organic simple stuff – think apple cider vinegar, rosewater, shea butter, almonds, and lots of coconut. Their mini’s are suite case and TSA friendly and keep my skin and aura glowing, no matter where I am. Read more about my skincare routine.
At just four months, Poe is still wildly entertained by his fingers and our smiles, but I did want to be sure to bring along a few of his (my!) favorite and simpler toys to keep him engaged and active. Limiting myself to three favorites, I picked toys with no extraneous pieces, that were easy to clean, and could be kept in his diaper bag.
Traveling, I try keeping at least one meal, usually breakfast and snacks, homemade and as nourishing as possible. Keeping staples like granola bars, oatmeal and muesli handy in my travel bag, portable ingredients not requiring refrigeration, leave me feeling bright and sustained until my next, potentially less healthful meal. I tend to reach for squarebar’s, peanut butter chocolate chip GoMacro bars, and larabars – options made with real and unprocessed ingredients, making them a nourishing and belly filling snack in a pinch, and these homemade favorites.
These simple Hangry Bars, aka: dark chocolate, cherry, and walnut oat bars, are that perfect balance of convenience, nutrition, and sweet tooth satisfaction. Made with belly filling rolled oats, chia, and walnuts, tart cherries, and naturally sweetening medjool dates and rich dark chocolate, these almost oatmeal cookie like granola bars not only come together in minutes, but can keep up to a week on your countertop. [recipe]
The ball shaped love child of your favorite granola bar meets raw cookie dough, these no-bake bites celebrate nourishing, plant based, and unprocessed ingredients with the not-so-subtle overtones of rich indulgence. Filled to the brim with rolled oats, raw almonds, dried coconut, and the natural sweetness of deglet dates and pure maple, I love doubling or tripling the recipe, keeping my balls stored in the freezer for that accessible and sweet little something should the craving (or a sudden bought of hunger!) strike. Best served with a piping mug of black coffee. [recipe]
A very simple blend of nonperishable raw superfoods, sacha inchi, maca, chia, and moringa, I take a few tablespoons and either stir them into my warm or overnight oats, blend them into any smoothie, or shake them up with a chilled glass of almond milk. Sacha inchi provides that belly filling and bone, muscle, and hormone building protein, paired with omega, fiber, and protein rich chia, and hormone balancing and energy boosting maca. For a pop of portable green, I also add dried moringa, high in digestible protein, calcium, iron, vitamin C and antioxidants, almost like nature’s multivitamin. Subtly nutty, sweet, malty, and highly digestible, wellness on-the-go really couldn’t be easier. [recipe]
These delicate and understated, yet intensely spiced pears, offer that chewy sweetness, are healthful and low-cal, and keep exceptionally well in a ziplock or paper bag for days and days- no, they don’t last that long. [recipe]