Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Packing for Europe with Baby

We've just come back from three weeks in Europe with 7-month-old Cora, and, yes, it was mildly absurd. We'd decided years ago that after Chad finished the bar exam, we'd take a trip to Europe to celebrate. There's nothing absurd about that, it's tradition for most law school grads. After Cora came into the picture, we decided that we weren't going to let a little baby put a halt to our plans, and, besides, she might like traveling Europe. I'll soon post about Munich, Prague, Krakow, Bonn, Berlin, Moscow, Inverness, and Edinburgh, but for now, here's a list of what we packed for Cora:

120 diapers
2 large packages of wipes (88 in each)
150 diaper trash bags
6 bottles (3 large, 3 small)
70 oz of formula (3 large Enfamil bags)
12 onsies
3 pants
1 sweater
12 socks
1 pair of sandals
5 toys
2 books
3 pacifiers
pacifier wipes
Travel bottles of shampoo, bubble bath, lotion, sunscreen
Thermometer, Children's Tylenol, Children's Benadryl
Fingernail clippers
6 blankets
30-40 burp cloths
A pop-up tent, complete with air mattress
An inflatable bathtub
A baby bjorn
A baby-carrying backpack

-->The one item I really wish I'd brought: A hat!

We made it almost the entire 22 days with the allotted formula and diapers, but we had to restock in Inverness to cover the last 2 days. We didn't want to buy supplies in Eastern Europe or Russia, so we figured we'd just attempt to use our own for the whole trip, which I think was good because her system didn't end up reacting well to the UK formula, and it was more expensive there anyway.

Before Cora, Chad and I would travel through Europe with one backpack each. For this trip, we had one backpacking backpack, a baby backpack, two rolling bags, and a small duffel. I suppose that's not too bad, but it certainly felt bulky when we were moving from place to place every couple of days.

More about the actual travel tomorrow!

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