40 hour bus ride with 6 month old; first time travelling!

Lacy - posted on 03/23/2010 ( 3 moms have responded )




I am planning on taking a trip with my 6 month old daughter to see some family she has never met yet. We will be taking a greyhound bus and the trip will be about 40 hours long. I can't bring her car seat since there is no way to secure it. I would love some suggestions on how to deal with making bottles (her formula is only available in powder form), sleeping and getting around with a large suitcase, 2 carry on bags and a diaper bag, ...plus pillows and a blanket.
I'm really looking forward to making this trip, as I haven't seen this side of my family in over a year, but I don't want to drive myself or my daughter crazy in the process. Please help!


Bethanie - posted on 03/27/2010




Is there any way you can condense the carry on? Like maybe to one suitcase, a purse and a large diaper bag? Is the Greyhound big enough that you could bring her stroller or carseat and stroller? She'll probably sleep better in it. If this isn't an option, I would use a baby chest carrier when you can and that will free your hands up. Try to make one of your carry ons a back pack. A lot easier then slinging everything over your shoulder. Bring plenty of bottled water and pre measure her formula in the amount of bottles she may need. If you don't want to bring a ton of bottles, rinse some out in the bathroom and reuse (bring extra nipples in a ziploc bag, so you don't have to worry about bacteria since soap may not be handy) and you can get one of those snack containers with the 3 sides (you can get them at target or walmart) and you can pre measure formula in those and just open the spout to put it into the bottles. Bring some favorite toys/a pacifier/a stuffed animal/blanket and of course plenty of wipes and diapers...those portable changing pads are a good thing to have. Bring some plastic bags with to put any soiled clothing items (bibs and what not) into if she were to have an accident or food spillage. I would also be sure to bring some hand santizer or you can get the sanitizing wipes in case washing your hands or hers isn't an option at any given time or to wipe off a pacifier or toy if she were to drop it. Good luck and hope I could help a bit!


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Lacy - posted on 04/10/2010




Thanks ladies for your help! I'm going to see if I can have the car seat put under the bus with the rest of the luggage. It will be too heavy to try and carry around when we have to do a transfer. But I am going to see if they will let me bring an umbrella stroller on the bus. There isn't a whole lot of room between the rows of seats but since those strollers fold up so nice I'm hoping they will allow it.
Thank you both for your wonderful suggestions!

Dianne - posted on 03/27/2010




I agree with Bethanie, she made very good suggestions.
I would like to suggest that you bring the car seat anyway. Once you arrive at your destination, you will need the car seat. Also, She will sleep better in the car seat, than constantly in your arms.
Lastly, make sure you take good care of yourself as well, by bringing adequate fluids to drink. Even if you don't eat well, you will be able to adapt to unexpected occurrences better. Babies her age tend to travel very well, so have a wonderful trip:)

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