Packing to Travel with Twins

Kara Matuszewski Sassone

Posted By: Kara Matuszewski Sassone

First -- and second -- time mom. Her twins were born seven weeks early and spent their first three weeks in the NICU. During that time Kara navigated, with the love and support of her husband, how to pump and bring milk to her babies in the hospital.

A few weeks ago, while my husband was away for a week on business, I decided it would be fun to take a trip from Boston to Long Island to see my brother. I used to do this on a fairly regular basis without any consideration. Boy, have times changed!

With two infants in tow, the “quick trip” quickly started to look like I was packing for a week away. We were only going to be gone one night, but I wanted to be prepared for anything.

In addition to the three outfits a day for them – who knows when you’re going to need to change them! – I packed extra clothes for me – who knows when they’re going to spit up!

My diaper bag was chock-full. Package of diapers. Package of wipes. (Both of which weren’t actually in the diaper bag, but I would take a few out at a time when we were on-the-go.)Washcloths. Extra bibs. Diaper cream. Extra pacifiers.

Then we had the stuff for feeding. Bottles, and all of their pieces. Milk. Receiving blankets, which we use as burp cloths. And my pump. Ah yes, the pump. It works much better when you have all of the pieces.

I have been storing the flanges and collection bottles in the refrigerator so I don’t have to wash them between each pumping session. Well, I grabbed the motor and the attachment pieces, but I walked out the door with the pieces that were in the refrigerator! Ugh. Thankfully we were only gone one night, barely 24 hours. But when you make your list don’t forget anything you keep in the fridge.

The trip was a success, despite the missing flanges. We had a wonderful visit and the babies slept exceptionally well in the hotel’s pack-and-play. (I also packed a crib sheet in case one wasn’t supplied. I’m glad I did because we didn’t receive one.)

The next trip is coming up in a few weeks and I can’t wait to see what the car looks like knowing we’ll be gone for several nights. Oh boy!

10:22am on Wednesday March 14
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