Unexpected Adventures: My Go-To Packing Essentials

Good morning everyone! Mama B here and as I am writing this very moment, I am currently riding the shuttle to the airport!

Most of the time, when I mention going on an adventure, I’m thinking a road trip to the Onsen, or a family trip to a new town. But let’s not forget the amount of adventures we go on in our life that are unplanned and unexpected. Sometimes, these so called adventures are the very trips we hope we never have to take.

Whether you are driving a couple hours or like my family, flying across an ocean.. it can be extremely stressful organizing travel arrangements for yourself and/or your family. In the case of an emergency, lean on my top travel essential list to not only remember the things that you need, but you make sure you have everything you’ll want to survive your last minute adventure.

(This list was appropriate for my week long stay away from home with two adults and 1 toddler. Feel free to modify as needed.)


  • socks
  • undies
  • tops
  • bottoms
  • shoes
  • jackets/hoodies/sweater
  • towel
  • bibs
  • burp cloths
  • pajamas
  • baby blanket
  • bras
  • hats/gloves depending on cold weather.

Toiletries (Be mindful of TSA regulations if flying.)

  • Toothpaste
  • toothbrush
  • hairbrush
  • hair product
  • floss & mouthwash optional
  • Body wash
  • Shampoo & conditioner
  • Baby wash
  • Lotion
  • Baby lotion
  • Pads/tampons
  • Deodorant
  • Razors
  • Shave gel
  • Face moisturizer
  • Perfume
  • Makeup
  • Makeup brushes
  • Diapers
  • Wipes
  • Rash Cream

And don’t forget….

  • Medications
  • Vitamins
  • Snacks/water
  • Entertainment essential
  • Neck pillow
  • Phone chargers
  • GPS
  • Jewelry
  • Baby Carrier

Okay okay, I might be going overboard considering perfume and jewelry as essential but come on…. if it makes you feel good, it’s important!!!

What essentials do you pack when going in a trip? Whether the adventure is planned or unexpected, I hope my list helps make some of the chaos… well… less chaotic!


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