On Wednesday Steve and I are leaving for a five-day trip to Massachusetts. On the same day, Will will turn six weeks old — the magical “peak fussiness” age, according to a lot of baby books. Fun stuff! He’s really been working on achieving peak fussiness these last few weeks, so I can’t wait to see what he has in store for us in the upcoming days.

Anyway, packing for a five-day trip is, understandably, no longer a straightforward task. Now I have to estimate about how many outfits he’s going to need (who knows how much he’ll pee on himself??), which of his various seats/swings/sleep aids to take along — and I can’t forget about diapers, wipes, pacifiers, swaddle blankets, and carriers! I am sure we will forget something …

But we have our limits (and a small car) so we can’t take everything. We’re paring down his belongings to just the essentials and leaving the rest at home while we hope for the best.

Here’s what we’re bringing:

  • His swing. We are going to fit it in the car if we have to buy a new car.
  • His vibrating buzzy seat
  • Ergo carrier and Moby wrap
  • Pack n play (obviously — he needs somewhere to sleep!)
  • Stroller frame
  • About 800 onesies and fifteen jumbo packs of wipes, and every single burp cloth we own
  • My running clothes (you never know!)

And here’s what we’re leaving behind:

  • Cloth diapers. Not only am I not going to do laundry while we’re gone, but I’m not having all those diapers take up valuable real estate in the car! We’ll leave them behind when we go to the beach this summer, too.
  • His glider, sadly. I want to strap it to the roof of the car, but that probably wouldn’t work.
  • His Boppy cushion. There will be plenty of extra arms to hold him!
  • The travel system stroller. It takes up the whole trunk!
  • My yoga mat. Sigh.

We’re dividing the drive into two days and stopping halfway at Steve’s parents’ house on both the trip up and the trip back; this way, we won’t have more than 5 or so hours to drive at a time — not counting, of course, the stops we’ll have to make for feeding and diaper changes. Do any veterans have any advice? We’re cautiously optimistic that the trip will go well … wish us luck!