Going away this summer? This vacation packing list from Katie Bugbee mockingly compares the pre-kids life to post. How realistic is it? (It might be exactly what you need before you head out.) And what would you add?
Beach Vacation Packing List Pre-Kids
It was you, your partner, your bffs.. you rented a house (steering clear of “family-areas”), partied all night, slept until lunch. You were spontaneous and could “go without” almost everything. As long as there was wine, beer and snacks. Here’s a sample list of what you packed the morning you left:
- 8 “Going out” outfits. Because this was when you would go out on a Tuesday. #bringbackdatenight
- 6 Bikinis. Because you hadn’t birthed children yet. And you wore a different suit each day.
- Shorts and tanks.
- SPF 4. This was before we had worries
- 30 packs. There was a time when you thought this was the only pack-size beer came in.
- Mixers. As in “do ya have the mixahs?”
- Wagon. For toting beers and mixers to the beach
- Beach chairs. But if it didn’t fit, it could be left behind. #makeroomforthebeer
- 1 towel. Who needs more? Could prob just air dry, if necessary.
- Flip flops. Obvi
- High heels. Yup, heels to the beach was a good idea pre-kids.
- Friends. The more the merrier. Just BYObedding
Beach Vacation Packing List Post-Kids
With kids come smiles, love like you never felt before... and gear. And even more gear. It also takes a bigger car, and a lot of planning. Now, you rent a bigger house (#homeaway), choose a spot where there are
kitchy rainy day activities, and pack as much stuff as possible. It’s work. From the moment you get out the suitcases. But the memories are priceless.
- Bedding.This is a house rental and you want fresh sheets
- Full coverage Rash-guard bathing suits: Let no sun get through and no belly fat get out
- Wagon for toting kids to the beach: Can’t start the day with whining
- Big beach chairs: You are past sitting in the sand
- Kid beach chairs: Because without them, they insist in sitting in yours
- Umbrella: First line of sun defense
- Sun tent: let’s hope the baby naps inside or you’ll be drawing straws as to who goes back to the house for 3 hours
- Cart for carrying beach chairs: Yup, you’ve become your parents. You even bought it at Costco
- Beach towels that look like sharks and mermaids: Because they’re ADORABLE!!
- Sandcastle shovels and pails: Of course
- Kid Scuba gear: It’s just a gimmick, but might keep them at the beach longer
- Goggles: Because the water hurts their precious eyes. And the goal is “no whining,” remember?!
- Life jackets: Obvi
- Football/Whiffle ball and bat/ Velcro catch and release game: Wishful thinking way of encouraging outdoor play instead of screen time
- Organic cream sunscreen SPF 80 +. It’s so expensive, but you bought in bulk. #costcotrip
- Spray sunscreen. You’ve read the reports, but it’s just so much easier. #dontbreathekids
- Facial sunscreen. To get in those tiny crevices
- Bug spray. Let no bug ruin your outdoor experience.
- iPads/Kindles/Wii. You’re being realistic
- SLR Camera. Preserving memories one speedy click at a time
- Point and shoot camera. Because it travels better than the SLR and can often take better pics than the iphone
- Calamine Lotion/Band Aids/ EpiPen. No poison ivy/scrape/peanut will ruin this vacation
- Itinerary. Admit it, you made one
- Printout of Rainy Day options. It’s an addendum to the itinerary. Addresses included
- Stuffed animals/lovies/blankies. Don’t leave home without ‘em
- Coordinating khakis and white shirts for the classic “best family ever” photo that will make this vacation look amazing, even though it was the hardest you ever worked. And you will then mail these out 6 months later, even though no one looks the same. This is the main reason you brought the SLR camera
It might take more work than the pre-kids list even came close to, but it’s the best damn work you’ll ever do. Here’s to a happy, safe and memory-filled summer vacation from Care.com!