October 31, 2005


We recently went on a two-night, three-day getaway to Malarayat Golf & Country Club in Lipa, Batangas. I was highly excited for the trip because it was to be our first out-of-town vacation with our baby in tow and we planned to take him swimming with us.

The evening before we left, my enthusiasm was a tad curbed when I realized that I would have to face the inescapably daunting task of packing not only for me, but for our tiny tot as well.

Just packing for myself has been enough of a conundrum ever since I could remember. I have never considered myself a smart packer for the plain reason that I cannot absorb the concept of “light packing.” In fact, there is no such thing for me. I perpetually harbor the inexplicable fear that some unforeseen crisis will arise that would require us to stay much longer in a place than expected. Thus, I end up jamming my suitcase (yes, I must have a suitcase with me at all times…even to the beach) with hoards of extra clothes, shoes and toiletries. I find myself bringing a jacket to Boracay and a bathing suit to Baguio…just in case.

These are three words that drive my husband nuts. Whenever he questions my stockpile packing strategy, my reply is always simple: just in case. I then continue to remind him of the one time during our Palawan honeymoon when I was actually vindicated. On our way back to the airport from Club Paradise Beach Resort, it rained so hard that our flight had to be canceled and we had to stop for an extra night at the neighboring Maricaban Resort. I happily pranced around in my jacket and fresh, dry clothing while my husband shivered in his remaining wet pair of shirt and shorts. After that, my stash and cram habit of packing was undeniably reinforced. But I digress.

As we prepared to go tripping with our son, I was astounded at the amount of stuff that had to be transported for such a little creature. After much fussing, stressing and agonizing, we ended up stowing and hauling all these things for baby:
  • 1 bag of disposable diapers
  • 1 box of baby wipes
  • 1 tube of diaper rash ointment
  • 1 bottle sterilizer
  • 1 adaptor for the bottle sterilizer
  • 4 milk bottles
  • 1 breast pump
  • 1 can of formula
  • 1 box of infant cereal
  • 5 burp cloths
  • 3 bibs
  • 10 sets of baby clothes (just in case)
  • 1 pair of swimming trunks
  • 1 jacket
  • 2 baby towels
  • 3 baby blankets
  • 2 pairs of shoes
  • 3 pairs of socks
  • baby powder
  • baby sunblock lotion
  • baby soap and shampoo
  • baby thermometer
  • medicine for fever (just in case)
  • multi-vitamins
  • assorted toys
  • 1 inflatable lifesaver
  • 1 pump for the inflatable lifesaver
  • 1 car seat
  • 1 stroller
  • 1 hi-tech digital camera (for Daddy to record baby’s precious moments)
  • 1 handicam (for Daddy to record more baby’s precious moments)
Whew! Take note that the above is only the list pertaining to our child. Add my pile of just-in-case stuffed bags together with my husband’s effects and our yaya’s belongings, and you can imagine the epic proportions reached. The artful loading and arrangement of all items to fit inside our ride was indeed a phenomenal feat to be proud of. Thank heavens we wisely decided to buy an SUV instead of a car. Otherwise, we might have had no choice but to leave the baby himself.

I could not help wondering. What would happen if we had two, three, four children? How in the world could we successfully squeeze everyone and everything in and out our vehicle?? Would we have to rent a Victory Liner bus??? The idea is enough to render me catatonic.

Fortunately, our family outing turned out to be truly enjoyable and relaxing, with our small bundle of joyous energy having the time of his life splashing around the pool, taking in the splendid greenery and crawling around our carpeted spacious suite.

We had such a grand time that my husband is already planning our next out-of-town trip. He wants it to be longer and farther away next time. As early as now, I can already feel the packing jitters.


fran =) said...

hi irene! just dropping by to say elo! :) your baby boy is the cutest thing ever! plus he got the best photos in the entire friendster community (hmm i wonder why?? hehe) send my regards to allan too! :)

link my blog up k? ;) (http://qtfranny.blogspot.com)

maddie said...

I can totally relate! First-time mom here and the first time we took our daughter was pretty major for me, too. I brought everything you had in your list minus the stroller (plus beddings though) since the house we were renting didn't have sheets and all. And, I was just eyeing the tourist bus the other night and was dreaming to have one and convert it to a moving condo! Wouldn't that be great? You wake up and voila, you're in Pagudpod! With your entire brood!

Irene Tuazon said...

Thanks, Maddie! It's a great relief to know I am not alone in my zany travails as a first-time Mommy.

More power to us!

Irene (",)

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