Connect with us

Don’t Forget To Pack…

what to pack


Don’t Forget To Pack…

  • what to pack


    This summer I plan to be on the go a lot.  JustaBXgirl is getting older and while in some ways that makes traveling with her easier it makes it more difficult in other ways because she is a lot more vocal about her likes and dislikes.  This means packing isn’t as easy as it once was.  I mean before JustaBXgirl was born packing pretty much meant throw some bikinis, heels and a few dresses in a bag, grab my passport and go.

    I received a number of these items for review purposes. As always all opinions are honest and solely mine.

    Having a child definitely changes that!  I remember the first time I was getting on a plane with JustaBXgirl I think the bag I packed for her was bigger than the one for me.  We were going away for about a week but I brought her enough clothes to last a month.  Then there’s all of the necessary baby gear (strollers, breast pumps, car seats, etc).  It’s a lot.  But I think because it’s so much it makes you very meticulous with the planning and you rarely forget anything extremely important.

    Now that she’s at a stage where I don’t need as many extra things for her outside of her RideSafer  Travel Vest and a carriage for convenience I can start thinking about what I need for me again.

    We all know the basics to pack, clothing, toothbrush, razor, hair care essentials but what else do we really need?  I stand by my tips from this post but today I want to focus a little bit more on the parent than the child.  I know CRAZY talk!!!  But remember I am trying to make an effort this year to #LoveMe.

    packing cube, travelwise, eatsmart

    All of JustaBXgirl’s clothes for our trip next week fit into the large cube.

    My first must pack is packing cubes.  I can’t front.  I slept on these for a long time because I was all about the travel vacuum bags.  Now I have seen the light.  I saw a friend using them and was thoroughly impressed.  And this is great for when I travel with JustaBXgirl because the cubes come in different sizes and I can most of her stuff in a smaller one.  I’m all about traveling with only a carry-on bag so making stuff fit in the cubes is a great start to making them fit in the bag.  I have a TravelWise 5 Piece Packing Cube Set and let me tell you this works great.   They allow me to organize items in a way that means when we arrive to our destination I won’t be going crazy trying to figure out where I packed something.

    packing cubes, 5 piece travel set

    Image courtesy of EatSmartBlog

    Another must pack for me is AfterBite.  JustaBXgirl and I must be delicious so mosquitoes are always biting us.  Random fact, did you know only female mosquitoes bite???  Yup, learn something new every day.  Either way when we go on vacation we’re barely out of the airport before we start getting bitten.  It’s not much better at home when they start flying around either.  This year I will be bringing After Bite and After Bite Kids with us every where we go.  It’s small enough to get included in my every day bag and thanks to my above mentioned packing cubes I can keep all my hygiene and first aid product straight.

    I always keep baby wipes in my bag because they’re magic.  You know what I mean.  Baby wipes can work for everything and everywhere.  This summer I’m also adding some magic for mama to my packing.  Summer’s Eve Cleansing Cloths are mama’s secret weapon for staying cool and refreshed this summer.  No one wants to go on vacation and feel not so fresh.

    summer's eve cleansing cloth, wipes

    Image courtesy of Walmart

    Now that we have what we need to pack without worry, find relief from bug bites and stay feeling fresh we still need to be entertained on our travels.  Like JustaBXgirl my attention span only lasts so long so I try to bring a variety.  I also try to set an example by doing more than just being on my phone of iPad.  I pack a notebook because you never know when inspiration will hit.  And sometimes you need to write something down midtravel and chances are if you write it on a slip of paper or napkin you will lose it.

    babymel, anya, kaywanda lamb, parent, thrive, win

    I try to give myself options when it comes to reading books because you never know what mood will hit.  I try to bring a novel and a non-fiction book.  Parent, Thrive, Win  has been on my reading list for a while and I am happy to now have my hands on it.  Breathe Again  is a novel I wrote before JustaBXgirl was born and I’ve recently had a few readers reach out and ask when the sequel will be available so I want to re-familiarize myself with the characters.


    brooklyn bradshaw, breathe again, novel

    Yup, I have a 5 star rating on Amazon!

    And it you’re blessed enough to be able to travel this summer you want to protect your eyes from the sun’s rays.  I’m a firm believer that you have to take at least three pairs of sunglasses with you on vacation because one will get lost, one will break and you will then only have one left!  Due to needing more than one I’m all about finding the most affordable options.  That’s why I love Sunglass Warehouse.  They have really cute styles at really affordable prices.  

    To make your summer travel life simpler I have a great giveaway for you.  One randomly selected winner will receive their very own set of TravelWise Packing Cubes, After Bite Itch Eraser and a pair of sunglasses from Sunglass Warehouse.

    Happy Summer to you!!!!
    a Rafflecopter giveaway

    No purchase necessary to enter or win. A purchase does not improve your chances of winning. VOID WHERE PROHIBITED BY LAW.  Open to legal residents of continental USA who are 18 years or older. Giveaway begins and ends at (“6/26 – 7/10/17”). Enter the Giveaway during the Promotion Period online by submitting the entry form. The entry form can be found on the following website at Winner will be selected by and be notified by email. Winner has 48 hours to respond before a new winner is selected. JustaBXmom does not share or sell information and will use any information only for the purpose of this giveaway.



    1. Tami

      June 26, 2017 at 1:57 pm

      I’ve been wondering if those travel cubes worked

      • justabxmom

        June 26, 2017 at 2:56 pm

        You’ll get to see them in action when we visit you!!!

    2. kathy Persons

      June 26, 2017 at 3:30 pm

      FLavored water packets

      • justabxmom

        June 26, 2017 at 3:41 pm

        That’s a good one.

    3. Charlotte

      June 26, 2017 at 4:29 pm

      I always pack books.

      • justabxmom

        June 26, 2017 at 7:28 pm

        Are you currently reading anything fun? I’m doing a summer reading list soon and am always looking for more titles to include!

    4. Sandy Klocinski

      June 26, 2017 at 5:21 pm

      I always pack lightweight clothing that can be layered

      • justabxmom

        June 26, 2017 at 7:29 pm

        Layering is key on vacation

    5. Liz N

      June 26, 2017 at 6:39 pm

      A floppy hat! I hide from the sun whenever I can!

      • justabxmom

        June 26, 2017 at 7:29 pm

        I love these on other people but always feel like I look silly and don’t know how to pack one!

    6. Richard Hicks

      June 27, 2017 at 5:27 am

      For short trips usually a couple pair of shorts and shirt, toiletries, snacks etc

    7. Holly C.

      June 27, 2017 at 9:43 am

      my ipad I download books and most airlines show there movies on their app so I make sure to always download there app before I leave.

    8. McKim

      June 27, 2017 at 12:17 pm

      I always pack my swimsuit.

    9. latanya

      June 28, 2017 at 10:10 am

      a rain jacket

    10. Elle

      June 28, 2017 at 1:10 pm

      I always pack lots of sunscreen.

    11. Trinity Rosario

      June 29, 2017 at 3:15 am

      SUNSCREEN!! It’s a must have for summer traveling!

    12. Julie

      June 29, 2017 at 4:10 am

      A good book (or two)!

    13. Kimberly O

      June 29, 2017 at 5:18 am

      I always pack sunscreen – sunburn can ruin a vacation! Thanks

    14. Kelly D

      June 29, 2017 at 9:23 am

      I always pack sunglasses and sunblock.

    15. Meghan

      June 29, 2017 at 10:42 am

      I always pack a summer hat!

    16. Darlene Carbajal

      June 29, 2017 at 10:53 am


    17. Joni Lively Taylor

      June 29, 2017 at 11:02 am

      I always pack extra snacks, a few empty walmart bags in case someone gets sick and water.

      • justabxmom

        July 4, 2017 at 9:25 pm

        My daughter gets car sick and sometimes plane sick so I always have plastic bags in my bag too!

    18. Arielle

      June 29, 2017 at 12:30 pm

      I always pack sunscreen, you never know when you need it.


      June 29, 2017 at 12:44 pm

      a fan and a pretty summer dress!

    20. beth shepherd

      June 29, 2017 at 2:09 pm

      I always pack sunscreen and a good book. Thank you

    21. Kelsi W.

      June 29, 2017 at 3:19 pm

      Water bottle. Don’t forget to stay hydrated!

    22. Anne Scott

      June 29, 2017 at 7:04 pm

      I always pack my own little small pillow!

    23. Cindy Peterson

      June 29, 2017 at 7:20 pm

      I always pack sunglasses and a wrap in case the plane is cold.

    24. Tiffany S

      June 29, 2017 at 7:52 pm

      I always make sure to pack sunscreen in the summer.

    25. Wendy R.

      June 29, 2017 at 8:38 pm

      Dry shampoo, my pillow, and sunscreen are my must haves!

    26. Carrie Messer

      June 29, 2017 at 11:18 pm

      I pack lots of chilled water bottles for car trips. For flying, I throw an empty Brita water bottle in my bag to fill up after we go through security.

    27. Tari Lawson

      June 30, 2017 at 8:02 pm


    28. Carrie M

      July 1, 2017 at 3:59 pm

      I always pack sunblock and water when I travel just in case.

    29. wendi

      July 1, 2017 at 10:30 pm

      i always have extra sunscreen and extra shirts!!

    30. Elizabeth Miller

      July 2, 2017 at 12:37 pm

      with kids, the one thing we always pack for a summer road trip is sunscreen. For the road itself, the ipads are next in line lol.

    31. Ashley C

      July 3, 2017 at 3:28 pm

      I always pack sunscreen and bug spray!

    32. Donna Fulton

      July 3, 2017 at 9:04 pm


    33. Taryn T

      July 4, 2017 at 11:50 am

      I always pack sunscreen, aloe, my essential oils, and bug spray in the summer.

    34. golden storm

      July 4, 2017 at 6:16 pm

      we always pack books since i love to read

    35. Lauren

      July 4, 2017 at 8:11 pm

      I always pack sandals in the summer.

    36. Shakeia Rieux

      July 5, 2017 at 10:56 pm

      I pack sandals, sunglasses, visor, water, juice and snacks

    37. james jenkins

      July 6, 2017 at 12:32 am

      i always pack a tube of pain-killing antibiotic cream.

    38. Julie Terry

      July 6, 2017 at 12:49 am

      I always pack a first aid kit, just in case.

    39. Kayla Klontz

      July 6, 2017 at 1:19 am

      I always pack bottled water and wipes.

    40. Tracie Cooper

      July 6, 2017 at 10:02 am

      I alway pack lots of drinks, snacks, wipes and first aid kit.

    41. Kelsey Vinson

      July 6, 2017 at 12:51 pm

      Snacks! To avoid tantrums and meltdowns lol packing cubes are a lifesaver. We’re a family of 6 so packing light isn’t an option

    42. Leah Shumack

      July 6, 2017 at 2:16 pm

      Gotta take sunblock and deodorant!!

    43. Brandon Sparks

      July 6, 2017 at 2:24 pm

      I always make sure to pack sun screen first thing no matter what..

    44. Anita Jude

      July 6, 2017 at 3:10 pm

      i pack my phone

    45. amanda whitley

      July 6, 2017 at 7:31 pm

      i always pack sunscreen and bug spray in the summer

    46. drea Peregretti

      July 6, 2017 at 9:36 pm

      The first thing that I always pack is sunscreen!!

    47. Marilyn Nawara

      July 6, 2017 at 9:47 pm

      I always pack books and magazines.

    48. Trisha Musgrave

      July 6, 2017 at 10:00 pm

      I always make sure to pack my sunscreen!

    49. Rhonda Fuller

      July 6, 2017 at 10:33 pm

      I always pack water and snacks

    Leave a Reply

    Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

    1 + 7 =

    More in Contest

    Subscribe to Blog via Email

    Enter your email address to subscribe to this blog and receive notifications of new posts by email.

    Affiliate Disclosure

    Affiliate Disclosure: Please note that when you click links and purchase items, in some cases I will receive a referral commission. I thank you for your ongoing support.

    Post Favorites

    To Top