Ok, technically this post isn’t about style at home, which is what Home Made Modern is really all about, but I think other SAHMs out there could relate to the topic of traveling–in particular, visiting the beach–with a baby.
I am, admittedly, a bit obsessed with being prepared and organized when we travel. We just got back from Avalon Beach, N.J., where we were invited to stay with our friends, Glenn and Dale, and we had a WONDERFUL time. But (patting myself on the back here), I do think we felt so relaxed in part because we had everything we needed to make our visit comfortable. Here’s a list of a dozen things I packed for Olivia (plus clothes, PJs, diapers, wipes, and everything else):
2. Beach cabana (for much-needed shade; you can get one at One Step Ahead)
3. Sand toys (in plastic tote with big holes so you can just hose it down later)
4. Sunblock and sun stick (I recommend Banana Boat Baby, which is no-tear, and a stick for face and scalp)
5. Plastic bags (for wet clothes or sandy shells you collect)
6. Beach blanket (we took an old quilt)
7. Swim diapers
8. Sun hat
10. Baby powder (sprinkle some on sandy arms and legs and brush off; the sand magically wipes away!)
11. Bath books (if your baby needs some downtime in the shade, these work great because they wipe clean of sand and salt)
12. And don’t forget snacks! Try to bring things that don’t require utensils like torn-up waffles, multi-grain goldfish crackers, grapes, blueberries, string cheese, animal crackers, etc.
Of course, Home Made Modern believes wholeheartedly in not depriving moms! So don’t forget snacks and drinks for you, too. Yes, you can take lunch meat sandwiches, chips, and bottled water, but you’re on vacation! If you have to take a cooler anyway, you may as well stock it with a little more oomph. Here are two things I prepared before we left that worked out great on the beach, and were super-easy to make.
Chicken pieces (I used legs because they’re cheap–only $2.50 for 10) and because they can be eaten with one hand on the beach)
Mix 1 T. olive oil with 1 T. paprika, 2 tsp. brown sugar, 1 tsp. dry mustard, and 1/4 tsp. cayenne. Rub chicken pieces with oil mixture on foil-lined cookie sheet. Salt and pepper to taste.
Roast 400 degrees for about 45 minutes, turning once.
Let cool. Place in ziplocked plastic bag and keep refridgerated.
Baked Pita Triangles with Hummus
Cut one package of pita bread into smallish triangles. Spread in a single layer on foil-lined cookie sheet.
Mix ¼ c. EVOO, 2 tsp. cumin, 1 tsp. coriander, ½ tsp. cayenne, 1 tsp. garlic powder, ½ tsp. pepper, and ½ tsp. salt.
Pour over pita triangles and toss to coat.
Bake at 375, tossing once, for 15 mins.
Throw in some frozen grapes, your favorite homemade cookies, drinks of your choice, old bandanas for greasy fingers (they work better on sandy/sunscreened hands and don’t blow away as easily as paper napkins), and you’ll be glad you took the extra time to prepare a lunch with some style.
After our trip, I ran across the Universal Packing List website and thought it might’ve come in handy. You just enter some basic info about your trip, and it customizes a list of what to pack. I tried it (just for fun, I pretended I was a woman traveling with a baby to Dubai, and indicated that I wanted to scuba dive when I got there) and thought it was pretty good. I mean, you’ll definitely have to think about your family’s personal preferences, but the list was pretty darn extensive. I may use this for longer trips in the future.