In June, I will be traveling with the Wee One and her Nan. We will be in the car for about a 12 hour drive, and we will be gone for about 5 days.
I am afraid.
When she was little (teeny) and I was required to have blood pressure checks by my doctor every week, we made the trek back up to where we used to live. I lived about 100 miles away from my parents, and had planned on continuing to do that after she came. So our apartment, my doctor, her doctor, my work, and all my worldly belongings were 100 miles away from the woman who was helping me live through exhaustion and embrace being a new mother. We made the 2-hour drive once a week for about the first six weeks, then a few more times after that. Once was to move said worldly belongings into said woman's garage while my infant and I still covered her guest room in errant sprayed breast milk and baby puke.
My point is, the longest this child has been in the car is 2 hours. And the last time we did that was December. The last time before that was July. She screams all the way home from daycare. I can't imagine how 12 hours is going to go.
So, anyone who has traveled with a one-year-old, I'm totally open to suggestions and advice. I do know this much: I'm going to have to pack alot of crap.
We'll take the pack - n - play as a portable crib. We'll take some sposie diapers, just because, but I think I have enough between the pockets and the prefolds to make it without diaper laundry. I'm sure there would be a laundromat if really necessary, but I think we'll be ok. We'll take 15 outfits, because there will be a party, and we will have to dress appropriately. I should remember to take something nice too.
And ... that's about as far as I've gotten in the mental planning.