How to pack a baby bag for a day trip or a weekend away

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As a new parent, packing for a day trip or weekend away with your baby can seem like a daunting task. There are so many things to remember and so many unknowns when it comes to your baby's needs. However, with a little bit of planning and organisation, packing a baby bag for a day trip or weekend away can be a breeze.

The first step in packing a baby bag is to choose the right bag. You'll want to choose a bag that is comfortable to carry and has plenty of pockets and compartments to keep everything organised. A backpack or a shoulder bag with a long strap can be a good choice, as it will free up your hands and distribute the weight evenly. Make sure the bag is big enough to hold everything you need, but not so big that it becomes cumbersome to carry. VANCHI has an amazing selection of baby bags to suit every need and style - you can check out the range here.

Once you have your bag, it's time to start packing. Here are the essentials you'll need for a day trip or weekend away:

  1. Nappy and wipes: This is the most important item you'll need. Be sure to pack enough nappies and wipes to last the entire trip. If you're not sure how many to bring, a good rule of thumb is to pack one nappy for every two hours you'll be out, plus a few extra. Don't forget a changing pad or disposable changing pads as well.
  2. Clothing: Pack several changes of clothes for your baby, including onesies, pants, socks, and a hat. If you're going to be away for more than a day, consider packing a few outfits per day. Also, be sure to check the weather forecast for your destination and pack accordingly.
  3. Blankets: A blanket is always a good idea to keep your baby warm and comfortable. A swaddling blanket can be helpful for younger babies, while a larger blanket can be used for tummy time, as a makeshift changing pad, or even as a play mat on the go. We love the Outlook Baby linen play mat range.
  4. Feeding supplies: If you're breastfeeding, be sure to pack nursing pads and a nursing cover if you prefer to use one. If you're formula feeding, bring enough formula and bottles to last the trip, plus any bottle cleaning supplies you may need. 
  5. Baby carrier or pram: Depending on your destination and your baby's age, you may want to bring a baby carrier or pram. A carrier can be a great way to keep your baby close and secure while you're out and about, while a pram can be useful for longer walks or if you need a place for your baby to nap. VANCHI bags can also be hung from your pram on longer walks to save your shoulder and back!
  6. Toys and entertainment: Bring a few of your baby's favourite toys and books to keep them entertained during the trip. A portable play mat or activity center can also be helpful for keeping your baby occupied.
  7. First aid kit: You'll want to pack a small first aid kit with items like a thermometer and any medications your baby may need. You may also want to bring a small bottle of hand sanitiser and some nappy rash cream.
  8. Extras: Don't forget any little extra items your baby may needs, like a dummy, a teething ring, or a bib. You may also want to bring a few plastic bags for dirty nappies or clothes.
  9. Stay organised: keep everything in your bag organised and easy to grab with some bag organisers. The VANCHI packing pouches are perfect for separating clothes, nappies, and anything else you may need. Plus the insulated one is perfect for snacks or bottles! As you pack your baby bag, be sure to prioritise the essentials and pack strategically. You may want to pack items you'll need during the trip, like nappies and wipes, in an easily accessible pocket or compartment, while items you'll need less frequently, like extra clothing, can be packed deeper in the bag.

Finally, don't forget to pack a few things for yourself, like a change of clothes, snacks, and a water bottle. Taking care of your own needs using a spacious and functional bag will help ensure that you have everything you need at your fingertips. VANCHI bags are a great choice for this, as they offer a wide variety of spacious, stylish baby bags with multiple compartments to keep your essentials organised and easily accessible. With options ranging from backpacks, to shoulder bags and totes, you’re sure to find a style that you will love!