Casa FSL takes the show on the road for a ski vacation every February break. It was a tradition we started when we got engaged. We usually travel west to Lake Tahoe or a Utah ski area. This year with the addition of Max, we thought a local trip would be best. I had no clue how much I would pack when traveling with a baby! We stayed over 2 nights in Vermont and looked like we packed the car for a cross-country road trip. If we had another child, we seriously would have needed a U-Haul. I tend to under pack for myself but I over packed for Max. We needed to bring lots of clothes for him, bibs, a pack & play, food, bottles, seat, bottled water for his formula, the list goes on. Not to mention that cold weather clothes are just bulkier in general.
Anyway, we loaded the car, and off we went. It’s about a 3.5 hour drive from our house. A road trip with a baby. This was…different. About 1/2 way there we stopped for a bite to eat and had our first public restroom diaper change. Not as horrific as I thought it would be. When we gassed up, Max had his bottle (and was burped by his daddy).
We stayed with friends (and their kids) in a large ski house. Max had a “babysitter” for the trip
We set up in the lodge. This used to consist of throwing down our ski bags, strapping into our boots, downing a Corona Lite and jumping on the ski lift. Now our crew’s “spot” looks like this…
My husband & I took shifts watching Max so the other could ski. The dads skied , then the moms skied.
Max let everyone in the lodge know that he was there while it was my shift to stay in. I was that mom with the crying baby for about 45 minutes. When my husband came in from skiing, this is what Max did… I think my husband paid him off.
Max also had his first hibachi experience at our favorite spot. Without kids, we usually do an apres ski happy hour with general tso wings and Sapporos. Hibachi and sushi with the little ones and a lot of water was fun too!
Max wasn’t very impressed with the culinary knife and fire show as I was.
All in all it was a great trip. My husband and I worked as a team and it went pretty smoothly.
Did you ever travel with kids? Is packing actually as complicated for you as it was for me? Do you ski? Where? Speak your mind…