While planning is vital to having an enjoyable trip with your multiples, experienced mothers of twins and multiples know how to be flexible, to pack a sense of humor, and to be ready for the unexpected when traveling with twins. The best piece of advice is to plan for the worse case scenarios and be delighted when they don't happen.
Packing for traveling with twins or multiples is a daunting task. Whether you're going on a short trip for an hour or two, or traveling across the ocean, you have to pack double the equipment (and sometimes more).
One of the most crucial elements to having a great trip with your twins or multiples is remembering to pack essential necessities for your children. Here is our list of basic necessities to pack when traveling with twins or multiples.
Packing Tips for Traveling with Twins or Multiples
Take the stress out of packing before a trip by making a checklist of items you need to bring, and use your checklist to pack every time you travel with your twins or multiples. Be sure to take this list with you on your trip so you can add to it as you go to help you better prepare for future trips.
A few essential necessities you will always want to bring are:
- Diapers (if needed)
- Blankets (for comfort, shade or warmth)
- Plastic bags (for trash or soiled clothes)
- Extra sets of clothes (two outfits per day is a good guideline)
- Lovey or pacifiers (or both)
- Toys and books
- Disinfecting hand gel
- Sippy cups or bottles
- Plastic or disposable feeding utensils
- Snack foods and prepared meals
- Drinks (extra water, juice or milk)
- First aid kit
- Medications (if needed)
- Camera (because you don't want to miss capturing any adorable first moments)
Unlike having two siblings that are different ages, twins and multiples can sometimes share items reducing the amount of equipment you will need to pack.
Twins and multiples can share clothes, reducing what you’ll need to pack. Equipment like car seats can pull double duty and act as a rocking chair or a high chair. If your twins or multiples are younger than 6 months of age, they can easily share one port-a-crib.
Planning a trip and traveling with twins or multiples can be overwhelming especially for new parents of multiples, but by staying positive and organized your trip away from home can be an exciting and fun trip for everyone.