I’m Going to Spain with a 1-Year-Old and This Is What I’m Packing
Sometimes we want to go on a relaxing beach vacation. Other times, we thrive off the hectic energy of sightseeing. Enter: the ideal Spain vacation that perfectly mixes the two. When we found out that PureWow's director of special projects was headed to both Madrid and Mallorca, we bombarded her with packing questions. The first being: How do you pack for polar opposite Spanish cities (with a one-year-old in tow, mind you)? Here, she outlines exactly what she's bringing on her late-summer getaway.
Cosco Apt 50 Convertible Car Seat
"We made the mistake of lugging a full-size car seat, which weighs about 50 pounds, on a plane to California. It was great to have our baby buckled in on the flight—and definitely helped him nap—but we’re even more excited about this lightweight option that our friends just got and raved about for their European trip."
Bugaboo Ant Complete Stroller
"Less is more when you’re traveling but we also want (and need!) our toddler to have all the comforts of his regular stroller. How else can we ensure that he'll be willing to nap in a different country? This miniature version not only has a three-position recline, but you can also fold it up with just one hand."
Evereden Mineral Sunscreen
"This baby-safe (and all-natural and organic) sunscreen literally melts into our 17-month-old's skin. The rays in Spain are strong, so I'm stocking up before our trip."
Minor History Circle Crossbody Bag
"I'm always a bit nervous about being pickpocketed, so this purse is the ideal style for carrying my wallet and phone—while keeping everything zipped up and safe."
Once Upon a Farm Organic Stage 2 Baby Food Pouches
"Recent travel hack from a friend: Freeze these cold-pressed pouches (created by Jennifer Garner) ahead of the flight, then let them thaw at the airport so they're ready to serve to your baby—OK, also me—on board."
Welly Traveler Water Bottle
"As we run from Madrid to Mallorca, I want to be sure I'm prioritizing hydration for the whole family. This lightweight water bottle keeps beverages chilled for up to 24 hours. It also comes with an opening that's large enough to fit ice cubes—that is, if we can actually find them in Europe."
Tatcha The Water Cream
"One thing I've learned since becoming a mom? By the time I get everyone else ready, I have about seven minutes to focus on myself. Luckily, this moisturizer is a game-changer. It’s infused with Japanese Wild Rose to visibly tighten pores, so that I can wear less makeup and still look polished. A win!"
Conair Turbo Extreme Steam Hand Held Fabric Steamer
"I feel like a steamer is the secret to successfully living out of a suitcase for two weeks without doing laundry. If I can steam it quickly (mostly using the Turbo setting), anything will look like it was just washed. Right?"
Mini Boden Seersucker Romper
"This adorable outfit is as darling as it is cool and comfortable to wear. My toddler will be living in it on this trip."
First Years Stacking Cups
"We don't go anywhere without these stacking cups—in fact, we usually travel with two sets just in case a cup goes missing. They keep our son entertained whether he's four hours into a flight or getting restless at a restaurant."
Grabease First Self-Feed Baby Utensils
"It's silly, but these baby-friendly utensils are our go-to trick for getting our toddler to eat literally anything. He loves the game of stabbing the food with his own fork. These will be in our carry-on for when we introduce him to all the Spanish food."
Grayson the Hero Linen Shirt
"I'm bringing my steamer, so this shirt is a must-pack. The linen button-up offers pretty much a perfect fit and is something I can easily pair with jeans and still feel breezy and cool."
Veja V-10 Sneakers
"These look good with literally everything: a dress, jeans, leggings at the airport, you name it. They also offer loads of support for marathon sightseeing days."