After being a parent for nearly 6 years and taking baby steps towards a family vacation with the little ones, I feel like I’ve just about mastered the art of packing appropriately and bringing only the necessities. We took our first family trip when my oldest was 6 months old. This was our first time away from home and I wasn’t sure what to expect- I packed it all! Every bottle we owned, diapers to last for weeks, enough clothing changes for a month, and a few comfort toys. It was a 2 night trip in a town that went to sleep at 9pm. If you live in a big city like I do, where you have many 24 hour options in the event of an emergency, then you can probably feel my anxiety on our first trip away from home.